Vending Machine Items
Source of Recipe
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List of Ingredients
Oatmeal is a fibre-rich breakfast or snack choice. A single serving of apples and cinnamon instant oatmeal contains 130 calories for 2 POINTS values.
They were intended for breakfast, but whole-grain cereal or granola bars will fuel you anytime. One cereal bar is 3 POINTS values.
A combination of nuts and dried fruits, such as raisins, delivers protein and fibre. But be sure to avoid versions mixed with candies such as chocolate or banana chips. A 1/4 cup of trail mix is 4 POINTS values.
If you have hours to go before you can enjoy a real meal, choose one of the big guns: an energy bar. An average energy bar packs about 4 to 5 POINTS values.
Not even kids should pop these in the toaster. One frosted toaster pastry packs 9 POINTS values.
Reese's Peanut Butter Cups
It's obvious that a chocolate bar won't provide lasting energy, but some might think that adding the nutrients and protein in peanut butter might help the mix. For 6 POINTS values for just two, though, it's pure candy.
Most chips are fried, which boosts their POINTS values skyward (1 serving is about 4 POINTS values). Of course, you could be lucky enough to run across a vending machine stocking baked chips, which are only 2 POINTS values, with far less fat.
Snackwells Cookie Sandwiches
With 1 or 2 POINTS values per cookie, these won't ruin your daily standing, but they may be heavily sweetened and won't do much for real hunger. Bottom line: "They're not very filling," says Lee.
So maybe this isn't a worst choice. What should be noted, however, is that this snack is often thought to be a safe vending machine mainstay at 2 POINTS values (for 1 oz of pretzels). But they've got little fibre, so soon you'll be taking a trip back for another snack. "They're super salty tasting," says Lee, "but offer little satisfaction."
The best course of action is to plan for those energy dips and long hours by bringing in fresh fruit, low-fat cheese and yogurt.