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Doritos, Fritos, Oreos, gummy bears, Lays potato chips, Snickers, M&Ms, Butterfingers, Reeses Peanut Butter Cups, Hershey Bars, Lifesavers, Twizzlers! I know this sounds like a PMS wish list, but this is the "food" in the snack vending machine where I work. You call that crap a snack?!

I'm usually one to bring my lunch and snacks from home, and this is a major reason why - It's hard to find healthy food in a pinch. It's really becoming annoying! I mean, what kind of message is this sending to kids (and adults) when everywhere they turn is sugar, partially hydrogenated oil and trans fat!

I wish we could replace all those crappy snacks with healthy, energy-giving munchies that are made of actual food. Here's what I'd put in my healthy vending machine:

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ritokitax ritokitax 8 years
I feel blessed for living in Europe. while vending machines still have a lot of junk, they usually have some fruit, lean meat sandwiches, granola bars, water, etc. as well.
curleyjo84 curleyjo84 9 years
my boss laughs at me because i have a bag of animal crackers in the desk and the peanut butter and applesauce in the fridge. it helps me eat a bit healthier while he is down getting the cupcakes and donuts out of the vending machine..... ive lost 10 pounds since beginning of april so it must be helping :)
SU3 SU3 9 years
I usually have a small bag of trail mix in my purse whenever I go out - especially if I'm going shopping! Can't shop on an empty stomach! ;)
Lagasse2005 Lagasse2005 9 years
All of our locals schools have refrigerated vending machine, yogurt, soy yogurt, gogurt, drinkables, string cheese, trail mix and a few types of granola bars, it's greeat except a majority of people are lactose intolerant.
SaraSmile SaraSmile 9 years
Vending machine helped me pack on about ten pounds this semester...never again. :(
leigha926 leigha926 9 years
luckily for me, the vending machines i'm surrounded by every day have nature's choice bars in them, so if i'm really hungry i'll grab one of those. usually i try to stay away from the machines though.
Nicolel03 Nicolel03 9 years
I usually get animal crackers or pretzels when faced with the snack machine. I think a little tub of peanut butter is a great idea! I could add a little protein to my snack and stay full longer!
amandaaa amandaaa 9 years
agreed!! i ALWAYS carry an array of snacks because i'm always at work or school or out, and will NOT succumb to snarfing down hostess cupcakes. the only thing i get out of a vending machine is coffee, and even then i'm a bit scared to know the nutritionals.
amandaaa amandaaa 9 years
agreed!!i ALWAYS carry an array of snacks because i'm always at work or school or out, and will NOT succumb to snarfing down hostess cupcakes. the only thing i get out of a vending machine is coffee, and even then i'm a bit scared to know the nutritionals.
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