It happens: you’re at work, your stomach starts churning, and there’s a little jingle in your pocket. Suddenly, you are 2 seconds away from punching E1 for a candy bar. But, before you do that, stop and make a healthy choice (at least!)
Try to choose a snack from the machine with healthy fats and the least amount preservatives (hard to do since anything in a machine is made to have a long shelf life). Also, go for something that will fill you up for a while. Foods with high carbohydrates and sugar (aka: eye candy calling your name in a vending machine) are good for a quick pick me up but, we do not want the sugar crash side effect. Hit your sweet tooth with a low calorie granola bar like those by Nature's Valley made with whole grain carbs and fiber (some bars have peanuts/almonds to give you added protien!). If you are wanting something salty pick Frito corn chips which have very basic ingredients: corn, corn oil and salt, are additive free, gluten free, MSG free, and have 0 Trans Fat! Do not waste a dime on damaging, unhealthy trans fatty Austin crackers.
If all else fails and you just can not seem to decide, assess your body cues on exactly how hungry you might be. Kick mindless eating to the curb and buy a gum pack. Or flex your will power muscles and opt for eating half a candy bar. That is how you can use your jingle of change without adding a jiggle to your frame.
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