Vending Machine Cuisine

 

 

Figure 1.1: Junk Food Heaven

Do you ever find yourself stuck in a situation where you're absolutely starving, to the point where you're ready to go Donner party on whoever is around you . . . and the only food available is from a vending machine?
 
I find this problem in places like hospitals and airports, especially late at night when the in-house food places are closed. I eat a pack of Combos and guzzle a Diet Coke an, naturally, feel like crap afterward.
  
Luckily, there are "smart" choices you can make when the Amazing Food Robot is your only hope.
 
Fitness Magazine recommends avoiding the exact snacks your finger is probably itching to pick: candy bars, high-sodium chips, and those delicious pre-packaged apple pies.
  
The top-ten best snacks to get from a vending machine are:
 
1) Planters Sunflower Kernels
2) Baked Lays Original
3) Sun Chips Original
4) Snyder's of Hanover Mini Pretzels
5) Smartfood Reduced-Fat Popcorn
6) Peanut M&M's
7) Fig Newtons
8) Nature Valley Granola Bar (Oats'n'Honey)
9) Planters Honey Roasted Peanuts
10) Quaker Chewy Low-Fat Chocolate Chunk Granola Bar
 
Keep this in mind next time your stomach is going on a rage fest and demanding that you feed it Doritos (I imagine stomachs talk in the voice of an angry James Earl Jones.)
 
Stay awesome!
 
Janelle