People who watch their weight were elated when the 100-calorie snack packs hit the scene several years ago. These snacks offer a quick and convenient snacking option while keeping calorie consumption in check.
Sounds like a perfect option for a vending machine, right? – Well, yes it is — as long as the 100-calorie snacks are actually healthy and nutritious.
100-Calorie Snacks: What You Should Know
While they may sound like a healthy alternative, believe it or not, some 100-calorie snacks are not always the best choice if you’re focusing on nutritionally-dense calories.
While these snacks take the guesswork out of portion control and can quite a growling stomach for short period of time, they are often void of key nutrients that keep hunger at bay, which can lead to more snacking.
More snacking = more calories, so in the end, 100-calorie snacks that offer unhealthy options (cookies, deep-fried chips, etc) can actually negate the entire premise, as people snacking on them may actually consume double or even triple the calories when their hunger pangs return a short time after consuming them.
Healthy 100-Calorie Snack Options
They key to a healthy vending machine snack is choosing an option that provides long-term hunger relief without a ton of calories. Fiber and protein are two of the primary nutrients that these snacks should offer. Why? Because fiber and protein are the nutrients that make you feel full for a prolonged period of time.
100-calorie snack options that are full of fiber and protein include:
- Trail mix
- Dried fruits
- Granola bars
- Breakfast bars
By offering nutrient-dense 100-calorie snacks in your vending machines, your employees will be able to keep tabs on their diet and actually feel satisfied.