10 Best and Worst Vending Machine Snacks

We have all done it. We have all eaten snacks or sometimes try and make a meal out of food from a vending machine. I know there have been several times while I have eaten from the machines. Yesterday, I was reading an article in Fitness Magazine about the 10 best and worst snacks to get from a vending machine. I was extremely interested because reality is I will most likely eat from a vending machine again some point in my life. And many vending machines I eat out of look like this:

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and NOT this:

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So I wanted to know which foods I should choose to better benefit me if I am going to eat out of a machine. I am only assuming I am not the only person who buys from a vending machine so this information can be helpful to all of us. You might be planning to eat your lunch or three o’clock snack from the vending machine today…so read on and make wise choices. 😉

All information is provided by Fitness Magazine.

10 Worst Snacks from a Vending Machine:

1.    Drake’s Apple Fruit Pie: 
440 calories, 27g fat, 7g sat fat, 8g trans fat
. The Bottom Line: Nutritional nightmare (the worst pick!!)

2.    Austin Cheese Crackers with Cheddar Cheese:
210 calories, 10g fat, 2g sat fat, 4g trans fat
. The Bottom Line: A trans fat fest.

3.    Pop-Tarts Frosted Strawberry: 420 calories, 10g fat, 2.5g sat fat, 40g sugar
. The Bottom Line: For sharing only

4.    Doritos:
250 calories, 13g fat, 2.5g sat fat, 2g fiber
. The Bottom Line: “Nacho” best option.

5.    Skittles: 250 calories, 2.5g fat, 2.5g sat fat
. The Bottom Line: More calories and fat than Twizzlers.

6.    Cheez-It Baked Snack Crackers (27):
 160 calories, 8g fat, 2g sat fat. The Bottom Line: No fiber, no protein.

7.    Ruffles Original:
 160 calories, 10g fat, 3g sat fat
. The Bottom Line: Nothing but empty calories.

8.    Cheetos Crunchy:
 160 calories, 10g fat, 1.5g sat fat
. The Bottom Line: Not great, but could be worse.

9.    Twix:
 280 calories, 14g fat, 11g sat fat
. The Bottom Line: More “bad” fat than a Snickers.

10. 3 Musketeers:
 260 calories, 8g fat, 5g sat fat, 40g sugar
. The Bottom Line: Lower fat, but still candy

10 Best Snacks from a Vending Machine:

1.    Planters Sunflower Kernels (1/4 cup): 
160 calories, 14g fat, 1.5g sat fat, 4g fiber
. The Bottom Line: Full of healthy fats (Top Pick!)

2.    Baked! Lays Original: 
210 calories, 3g fat, 0g sat fat, 4g fiber
. The Bottom Line: Surprisingly fiber-full.

3.    Sun Chips Original
: 140 calories, 6g fat, 1g sat fat, 2g fiber
. The Bottom Line: Made of whole grains.

4.    Snyder’s of Hanover Mini Pretzels (20): 
110 calories, 0g fat, 0g sat fat.
 The Bottom Line: Naturally fat-free.

5.    Smartfood Reduced-Fat Popcorn
: 120 calories, 5g fat, 1g sat fat, 2g fiber
. The Bottom Line: Low fat, and has fiber!

6.    Peanut M&M’s
: 250 calories, 13g fat, 5g sat fat, 2g fiber
. The Bottom Line: Just don’t go nuts.

7.    Fig Newtons
: 190 calories, 0g fat, 0g sat fat, 2g fiber
. The Bottom Line: It’s fruit!

8.    Nature Valley Granola Bar, Oats & Honey
: 180 calories, 6g fat, 0.5g sat fat, 2g fiber
. The Bottom Line: Beats hunger.

9.    Planters Honey Roasted Peanuts (39)
: 160 calories, 13g fat, 1.5g sat fat, 6g protein
. The Bottom Line: High in protein

10. Quaker Chewy Low-Fat Granola Bar, Chocolate Chunk: 
110 calories, 2g fat, 0.5g sat fat, 1g fiber
. The Bottom Line: Guilt-free chocolate

Next time you go to the vending machine…remember about your choices and pick what is best for you and your body!