Friday, January 2, 2009
9 Diet-Proof Vending Machine Choices
In honor of any New Year's Resolutions to losse weight....
Think you can't snack smart when a vending machine's your only option? Guess again! Check out Hungry Girl's list below for your best bests, no matter what you're craving.
These snacks are okay to grab every now and then...
Rold Gold Tiny Twist Pretzels
(1 serving = 110 calories, 1g fat, 23g carbs, 1g fiber)
Go for these when you need that quick fix for something salty and starchy. But keep an eye out for multi-serving bags.
(One 2-oz. package = 200 calories, 4g fat, 40g carbs, 3g fiber)
A solid choice, but you might want to eat one now and save the rest for later. Pace yourself.
(4 pieces = 160 calories, 1g fat, 36g carbs, 0 fiber)
This one comes with a warning. The recommended serving size is a fraction of the package. Get this only if you REALLY need candy and can keep portions in check. Otherwise, find another sugar fix.
Nature Valley Oats 'N Honey Crunchy Granola Bar
(One 2-bar package = 180 calories, 6g fat, 29g carbs, 2g fiber)Don't wolf those crispy little bars down. Eat them slowly, and savor their crunchy goodness!
Wrigley's Doublemint Gum
(1 stick = 10 calories, 0 fat, 2g carbs, 0g fiber)
While we always recommend sugar-free gum when available, this stuff is a vending-machine staple. It's great for fending off a snack craving once you've already eaten enough.
Planters Sunflowers Seeds
(1 tube = 190 calories, 16g fat, 8g carbs, 4g fiber)
These stats may seem a little high, but these seeds pack the good kind of fat AND are high in protein and fiber. But nibble on 'em throughout the day -- don't just tilt you head back and eat 'em all in one huge, scary mouthful!
Cookie Dough Balance Bar
(1 bar = 200 calories, 7g fat, 22g carbs, <1g color="#ffff33">If you've got no time for lunch, this will make a better replacement than, say, a pack of Pop-Tarts. The protein (15g!) should hold you for a while until you can get a real meal.