I know I blogged last week about the virtues of bringing a healthy lunch to school. Even though I've been pretty good at packing lunch each day, I HAVE made a couple of trips to the vending machine already. I mean, they're all over campus just trying to lure you in with their tempting treats! It can be hard to say no. Thus, it's only fitting to talk about some health conscience techniques to have in mind when taking your next trip to the vending machine.
- If you're craving something salty, like chips, try getting pretzels instead of Ruffles. Better yet, baked chips like Sun Chips or Baked Lays offer less calories and a little fiber to boot. Simple substitutions like that are lower in fat but still give you energy and keep you satisfied.
- If you're craving something sweet, grab a low fat granola bar instead of a Twix. If you're feeling cookies, Fig Newtons are a healthier cookie option than most. If you need a chocolate fix, Take 5s, York Peppermint Patties, and Mounds are some of the slightly "healthier" candy bar options.
- Come with a clear plan in mind. My downfall at vending machines is I see all the options before me and become infinitely hungrier then I was a minute ago. Sure, all I wanted was that pack of trail mix, but those Poptarts sure look good too. And those Hot Pockets. And those Cheetos. I'll just get them all.
- If your feeling sluggish, go with protein and carbohydrates. Peanut butter crackers or a bean burrito are great because they give you energy that will last much longer through the day than sugary Butterfingers will.
- If your looking to grab a quick breakfast, check out the vending machines on campus with fruits, cheese, and yogurts. Eating something like that instead of a large bagel with cream cheese will mean long lasting energy and a serving of fruit and/or dairy already under your belt.
- Keep hydrated on good ol' H2O. It's easy to confuse thirst with hunger, and drinking lots of water keeps your body happy and able to tell the difference between the two. Bring a water bottle to school to fill up between classes and sip on when you're walking around campus. If you still feel hungry, then go get yourself a snack.