Livewell shares the 5 Best Healthy Options in the Vending Machine

When trying to follow a healthy eating plan the options for snacking can be tricky. We are so used to grabbing a calorie loaded bag of crisps or chocolate bar from a traditional vending machine that finding something tasty that allows you to still eat well can be a challenge.

The solution is the Livewell Healthy Station. It offers a range of healthier options so here is our round up of the top 5 healthy options that will curb your hunger pangs without derailing your healthy eating efforts.
1. Nuts – Frequent nut consumption has been shown to have health-boosting benefits, including weight control and decreased risk of chronic diseases, including heart disease and Type 2 Diabetes. A portioned-size packet of almonds or peanuts will provide some healthy fats, protein, and fibre.

2. Trail mix. Look for varieties with unsalted nuts and dried fruit, which offer a boost of protein, fibre, and some vitamins and minerals, rather than mixes solely made up of cereal and sugar. We are big fans of the Nakd bars and the new Nākd Nibbles look just as good. These are made from raw fruits and nuts and come in a range of sweet shop favourite flavours (adding a contemporary twist to traditional trail mix!). They contain 100% natural ingredients with no added sugars or syrups, and are also wheat, dairy and gluten free.  Most count towards 1 of your 5 a day too. Ideal for grabbing on the go and refuelling between meals!

3. Granola bars. Portion-sized and usually under 200 calories, most granola bars contain some form of whole grain, like oats or flax, and nuts, which offer a healthy hit of both fibre and protein. A couple of Livewell favourites include 9bar  and Eat Natural which offer a range of combinations of nuts, fruit and seeds.

4. Popcorn. Popcorn is a whole grain that packs fibre and antioxidants, and it can be a great low-calorie snack if you avoid the high sugar coated versions and stick to air-popped and low-salt popcorn instead. The makers of PROPERCORN agree that snacks should deliver on both health and taste. PROPERCORN is gluten-free, suitable for vegetarians and made using only natural ingredients. Each flavour comes in at under 130 kcals.

5. Water. Make water your go-to way to hydrate when thirst strikes. As well as helping you stay hydrated, Ballygowan Natural Mineral Water can make a contribution to your intake of calcium, magnesium and bicarbonate – all minerals needed by our bodies.

So it really is possible to make a healthy choice when you are looking to grab a snack on the go – just look for a Livewell Healthy Station!

To talk to Livewell about our vending stations and product range please contact Jo Watson, Sales and Marketing Co-ordinator,  Tel: 01423 876352 

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