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10 Healthy (and 10 Terrible!) Vending Machine Snacks, By Virginia Sole-Smith

Posted by Samantha Rentz on August 11th 2013

It’s crunch time, and the snack machine is whispering your name. Pushing the wrong buttons could be a diet disaster – so check out our top 10 nutritional nightmares, and the 10 smartest snacks.

  • Guilty Pleasures

These 10 snacks top our “just-don’t-do-it” list. Most are packed with sugar, fat, and calories. Check out what you should avoid – and then choose from our smart snack options instead.

The Worst Pick

  • Drake’s Apple Fruit Pie
  • 440 calories, 27g fat, 7g sat fat, 8g trans fat

The Bottom Line: Nutritional nightmare

Second Worst

  •  Austin Cheese Crackers with Cheddar Cheese
  • 210 calories, 10g fat, 2g sat fat, 4g trans fat

The Bottom Line: A trans fat fest

Other Guilty Pleasures

  • Pop-Tarts Frosted Strawberry
  • 420 calories, 10g fat, 2.5g sat fat, 40g sugar

The Bottom Line: For sharing only

  • Doritos
  • 250 calories, 13g fat, 2.5g sat fat, 2g fibre

The Bottom Line: “Nacho” best option

  • Skittles
  • 250 calories, 2.5g fat, 2.5g sat fat

The Bottom Line: More calories and fat than Twizzlers

  • Cheez-It Baked Snack Crackers (27)
  • 160 calories, 8g fat, 2g sat fat

The Bottom Line: No fibre, no protein

  • Ruffles Original
  • 160 calories, 10g fat, 3g sat fat

The Bottom Line: Nothing but empty calories

  • Cheetos Crunchy
  • 160 calories, 10g fat, 1.5g sat fat

The Bottom Line: Not great, but could be worse

  •  Twix
  • 280 calories, 14g fat, 11g sat fat

The Bottom Line: More “bad” fat than a Snickers

  • 3 Musketeers
  • 260 calories, 8g fat, 5g sat fat, 40g sugar

The Bottom Line: Lower fat, but still candy

  • Nutritional information is for contents of entire package, unless otherwise noted.

 

Healthy Snacks

These 10 low-fat and fat-free vending machine offerings are the best of the bunch – and some even include nutritious fibre, protein, and healthy fats!

Top Pick

  • Planters Sunflower Kernels (1/4 cup)
  • 160 calories, 14g fat, 1.5g sat fat, 4g fibre

The Bottom Line: Full of healthy fats

Second Best

  • Baked! Lays Original
  • 210 calories, 3g fat, 0g sat fat, 4g fibre

The Bottom Line: Surprisingly fibre-full

Other Smart Snacks

  • Sun Chips Original
  • 140 calories, 6g fat, 1g sat fat, 2g fibre

The Bottom Line: Made of whole grains

  • Snyder’s of Hanover Mini Pretzels (20)
  • 110 calories, 0g fat, 0g sat fat

The Bottom Line: Naturally fat-free

  • Smartfood Reduced-Fat Popcorn
  • 120 calories, 5g fat, 1g sat fat, 2g fibre

The Bottom Line: Low fat, and has fibre!

  • Peanut M&M’s
  • 250 calories, 13g fat, 5g sat fat, 2g fibre

The Bottom Line: Just don’t go nuts

  • Fig Newtons
  • 190 calories, 0g fat, 0g sat fat, 2g fibre

The Bottom Line: It’s fruit!

  • Nature Valley Granola Bar, Oats & Honey
  • 180 calories, 6g fat, 0.5g sat fat, 2g fibre

The Bottom Line: Beats hunger

  • Planters Honey Roasted Peanuts (39)
  • 160 calories, 13g fat, 1.5g sat fat, 6g protein

The Bottom Line: High in protein

  • Quaker Chewy Low-Fat Granola Bar, Chocolate Chunk
  • 110 calories, 2g fat, 0.5g sat fat, 1g fibre

The Bottom Line: Guilt-free chocolate

Nutritional information is for contents of entire package, unless otherwise noted.

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