The New Meal in New York City

Healthy Snacks in New York City

By previous standards, it wouldn’t be considered a meal. It isn’t always consumed at traditional meal times or eaten at a table. But according to those between the ages of 18 and 35 (Millennials), it contributes to their daily nutritional needs and functions as a meal.

What is it?

It is a wholesome snack. Millennials are eating a lot of snacks. 92 percent of individuals recently surveyed by Surveygoo said they replace a meal with a snack at least once a week. 50 percent do it four times a week and 26 percent, do it seven times per week. That is a lot of snacking.

Since Millennials are now the largest segment of the population in the U.S. workforce, New York City employers need to reexamine their break room snack and beverage options. At the top of the list of preferred ingredients for wholesome snacks are whole grains, real fruit pieces, and nuts. These healthy ingredients are not just beneficial for Millennials. They are better for everyone. When researching different snack options for your employees, here are three things to consider:

Nutritional Needs
  • Will it stop hunger between meals?
  • Will it help me to stay hydrated?
  • Will it help me to manage my health and diet?
Refuel or Energy Pick-Me-Up
  • Will it give me an energy boost?
  • Will it increase my mental focus?
  • Will it help decrease stress?
Ingredients
  • Whole Grains (oats, brown rice, millet, and quinoa)
  • Plant-Based Proteins (legumes, nuts, and seeds)
  • Fruits and Vegetables (berries, apple, and sweet potato)
  • Low in Sugar

Healthy Snack in New York City

Each of these areas can offer benefits when considered on their own. However, when they are considered as a group, the benefits can reach even further. A snack with healthy ingredients that fulfills nutritional needs, keeps an employee hydrated, and improves mental focus positively impacts that individual’s health as well as increases creativity and productivity. It’s a win-win for everyone.

Have you considered including wholesome snacks in your New York City office break room or school lunchroom? Whether you are just beginning your office break room journey or would like to update your vending machine selections, we can help you with that. Contact Healthy Vending at 917.572.3671 for more information.

Are Healthy Choices Standard in New York City?

Healthy Snack and Beverages in New York City

Have you noticed an increase in the number of organic options at your local grocery store over the past several years? If you thought you did, you weren’t imagining it. The United States (U.S.), the largest organic food and beverage market in North America, was valued at $40 billion in 2015—almost half of the global organic market ($91 billion). And the global organic market isn’t expected to slow down anytime soon. Grand View Research, a U.S. based market research and consulting company, projects that the global organic food and beverage market will reach $320.5 billion by 2025.

What Is It?

What does it mean for a strawberry or cut of beef to be labeled organic? The short answer is that there is no short answer. For something to be labeled organic, it has to meet specific regulations in the country where it was grown. So foods labeled organic in Germany need to meet German regulations, and foods grown in the U.S. need to meet specific U.S. regulations. Crops in the U.S. must be grown without the use of synthetic pesticides, bioengineered genes (GMOs), petroleum-based fertilizers, and sewage sludge-based fertilizers. Livestock, on the other hand, must be raised without antibiotics, growth hormones, or animal by-products, and must have access to the outdoors and be fed organic feed.

Why Eat It?

The difference between using organic versus conventional methods offers benefits not only to the New York City consumers who consume them but also to the environment where the crops and livestock were grown or raised. Organic farming methods have been found to reduce pollution and soil erosion, conserve water, use less energy and increase soil fertility. Ongoing research in both the U.S. and Europe, the second largest organic market behind the U.S., has shown that consuming organic products increases the number of beneficial nutrients (ex. antioxidants and omega-3 fatty acids) and decreases the number of pesticides, preservatives, GMOs, growth hormones, and antibiotics that are consumed. A 2016 European Parliamentary Research Service found the following benefits of eating organic:

  • Reduced occurrence of adult obesity and type-2 diabetes
  • Reduced incidence of cardiovascular diseases and other diseases
  • Reduced environmental impact due to fewer greenhouse gas emissions
  • Reduced exposure to pesticides through food, which improves cognitive development
  • Reduced prevalence of adolescent allergies
  • Reduced processing leads to higher levels of antioxidants like omega-3 fatty acids
  • Reduced vulnerability to heavy metal cadmium, commonly found in artificial fertilizers
  • Reduced risk of antibiotic resistance
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Who Wants It?

With the increase in demand for organic products and the new knowledge about the benefits of eating organic, it won’t be long before more New York City employees and students start asking for healthier snacks and beverages. Instead of reacting to their requests, get ahead of the curve and offer healthy snacks and beverages in your office break room or school lunchroom now. Whether you are looking to switch to healthier options or are considering a vending solution for the first time, Healthy Vending can help. Call us at 917.572.3671 to learn about the different options available.

Can One Generation Impact New York City Snack Choices?

Healthy Snacks in New York CityThe short answer is yes, they can. According to a new study by the Center for Generational Kinetics and Amplify Snack Brands, “Millennials have been the driving force behind the growth of the better-for-you snack category.” The choices in the better-for-you snack category don’t fall into specific types of snacks. Instead, they meet one or more of the following criteria: short and pronounceable ingredient list; no trans fat, added sugar, GMOs, and artificial sweeteners and flavors; responsibly sourced and locally connected; and recommended by friends, coworkers, or through social media. Cost is less of an issue as all income groups are willing to pay for “better-for-you” products. Choices often include:  

  • vegetable and fruit chips including apple chips, kale chips, sweet potato chips and carrot chips
  • puffed snacks including potato, multi-grain, corn, and rice
  • soy crisps and snacks
  • other snacks that don’t fit into one of the above categories including wasabi peas, roasted chickpeas, veggie sticks, lentil chips and bean chips

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As Millennials have gained more purchasing power, they have been found to prefer eating frequent small snacks each day instead of three meals per day, as well as choosing healthier options instead of traditional snacks. The changes in how New York City consumers snack and what is expected from those snacks (taste, healthy ingredients, nutritional value, etc.) is directly related to Millennials’ snacking perceptions, motivations, and behaviors.

4 Ways to Engage Millennial Snackers
  • Offer Great Tasting Options—millennials no longer place taste ahead of healthy ingredients; tasty and healthy are equally important
  • Offer Options with Fewer Ingredients—many Millennials believe that fewer ingredients are healthier, and understanding what the  ingredients are increases trust in the product
  • Use Social Media—online ratings, reviews, or social media posts can cause Millennials to try new snack choices
  • Through Their Children—many Millennial moms choose to be an example and teach their children about healthy snack choices

Consuming frequent small healthy snacks each day includes time spent snacking while at work or school. To help your New York City employees and students be productive and stay healthy, great tasting and healthy snacks and beverages need to be available in the office break room and school lunch room. To change your current vending offerings, or if you are considering healthy vending options for the first time, Healthy Vending can help. Contact us at 917.572.3671 to learn more.

Healthy Snacks in New York City Schools

Healthy School Snacks in New York City

Choices. Whether it’s a conscious decision or not, everyone is faced with multiple choices every day. A University of Nebraska at Kearney (UNK) graduate student helped her fellow classmates and professors by making the choice to snack healthy easier. As part of her thesis, she set out to learn if students and faculty would purchase healthy vending machine options. After taste testing one of the three snacks—licorice, chocolate chip cookies, or chili cheese flavored pop chips—each tester was asked if they would buy the item if it were available in one of the university’s vending machines. The positive outcome led UNK to replace some of the previous vending choices with healthier options.

Regardless of a student’s age, eating healthy is important. Not only does a healthy diet impact physical growth, but it also affects a New York City student’s ability to learn. According to the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA), “More than a quarter of kids’ daily calories may come from snacks, kids who have healthy eating patterns are more likely to perform better academically, and kids consume more healthy foods and beverages during the school day.” Easy access to healthy snacks at school makes choosing healthy snacks simple. Unfortunately, access to healthy snacks at school isn’t always easy.

Action for Healthy Kids®, an organization that works to end childhood obesity, offers the following tips for changing the types of snacks and beverages that are available in New York City school vending machines.

  • Determine the current snack inventory
  • Survey teachers and students about snack preferences:  consider holding a “taste test” and asking for opinions about potential choices such as Snikiddy Baked Fries or Nature’s Path Organic Granola Bars
  • Talk to your local vending company about increasing the number of healthy options available, the pricing structure, and healthy item placement in the vending machine
  • Educate staff and students about the new choices, and why healthy eating is important

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But will offering more healthy choices really have a positive impact? According to The Pew Charitable Trusts, the answer is yes. Four independent studies examining the behavior of school age students (k-12) in Connecticut, Texas, Massachusetts, and Washington found that students increased their intake of healthy choices when more healthy choices and a greater variety of healthy choices were offered.

If your New York City school doesn’t use vending machines or is looking to completely switch from traditional vending snacks and beverages to healthy ones, Healthy Vending can help as we only offer 100% healthy snacks and beverages. Instead of only offering a small selection of healthy choices to your faculty and students, there are over 400 items to choose from—30% of those choices are organic and exceed state regulations. By switching to healthy vending options, the dilemma about what to choose is removed. For more information about how to make the switch, contact Healthy Vending at 917.572.3671.

“The Tea of Immortality” in New York City

 

Healthy Beverages in New York CityWhat if there was a line of beverages that could help improve brain function, lower the risk of cancer, support your immune system, help with digestion issues, and improve metabolic functions, mental clarity, and relaxation? Would you want to know what it is? How about your New York City employees? If this line of beverages has peaked your interest, you are one of the 72% of U.S. adults that the Pew Research Center says believe that healthy eating habits are very important. So, what is this beverage?

It’s B-Tea Kombucha, a ready-to-drink tea beverage with raw and organic ingredients.

Today’s kombucha, or fermented tea, began thousands of years ago in Asia and was known as an “elixir of life.” It’s a bit different today, but it still contains many positive components like prebiotics (carbohydrates that the human body cannot digest or food for probiotics), probiotics (“good” bacteria that helps the digestive system stay healthy), and many other antioxidants and nutrients. And there is none of the stuff that we don’t want, as there are no added preservatives, sugars, chemicals, or artificial colors.

Each of B-Tea Kombucha’s eight flavors is naturally carbonated during secondary fermentation, kosher, and known to increase one’s metabolism which can help to maintain a healthy weight. Here are a few of the benefits of each flavor.

Original Black Tea (100% Darjeeling Black Tea)
  • improves focus, energy levels, and memory
  • helps with detoxification
Green Tea (100% organic Japanese Bancha Green Tea)
  • improves focus, energy levels, and memory
  • positively impacts one’s mood
Tranquility Tea (100% organic Japanese Bancha Green Tea)
  • includes 100% organic Aloe Vera extract
  • helps with detoxification and digestion
  • offers immune system support
Serenity Tea (70% organic Japanese Bancha Green Tea; 30% Chamomile Tea)
  • soothes the nervous system
  • helps with detoxification
  • improves focus, energy levels, and memory
Green Tea Lemon Balm (100% organic Japanese Bancha Green Tea)
  • contains Lemon Balm flavor
  • improves mental clarity, concentration, and memory
  • aids in digestion and detoxification
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Lemonade (30% Lemonade; 70% Tea Mixture)
  • improves focus, energy levels, and memory
  • helps with detoxification
  • positively impacts one’s mood
Original Ginger Tea (70% Darjeeling Black Tea; 30% natural Ginger)
  • improves focus, energy levels, and memory
  • helps with detoxification
  • aids digestion
Chili Cleanser (100% organic Japanese Bancha Green Tea)
  • contains chili pepper
  • helps with detoxification
  • improves focus, energy levels, and memory

Consider the positive impact these benefits could have on you and your New York City employees. In addition to improved focus, mental clarity, concentration, and higher energy levels, healthy employees are likely to have increased productivity and fewer sick days. Recent research in the Journal of Occupational and Environmental Medicine supports the connection between employee health and a business’ bottom line as they found that “healthy workforces provide a competitive financial advantage in the marketplace” (Fabius, et al, 2013, p. 999)

To add healthy ready-to-drink beverages like B-Tea Kombucha to your New York City vending machines or to overhaul your office break room or school lunchroom vending selections to include healthy snacks and beverages, contact Healthy Vending at 917.572.3671. We would be happy to help you make the switch.

Source:

Fabius, R., Thayer, R. D., Konicki, D, L., Yarborough, C. M., Peterson, K. W., Isaac, F., Loeppke, R.  R., Eisenberg, B. S., & Dreger, M. L. (2013). The Link Between Workforce Health and Safety and the Health of the Bottom Line: Tracking Market Performance of Companies That Nurture a “Culture of Health.” Journal of Occupational & Environmental Medicine, 55(9), 993-1000. DOI: 10.1097/JOM.0b013e3182a6bb75

Bottled Water in New York City is Here to Stay

Bottled Water in New York City

Have you ever wondered who purchases bottled water? As it turns out, just about everyone does. According to the International Bottled Water Association (IBWA) and the Beverage Marketing Corporation (BMS), “Americans are drinking more bottled water than any other packaged beverage” for the first time in American history. A recent Harris poll conducted for the IBWA found that 86 percent of people polled purchase bottled water. Additionally, the BMS recently released numbers for 2016 bottled water sales. They found that there was a 10 percent increase in sales and an 8.6 percent increase in bottled water consumption. Now, that’s a lot of bottled water.

So, what makes bottled water so popular? The answer depends on who you talk to. Bottled water offers many benefits and has the potential to meet a wide variety of New York City consumer needs. The following are just a few of the features that have made bottled water popular.

Bottled water is versatile.
  • It can be consumed at any time of the day.
  • Water mixes well with many other types of beverages.
  • You can drink it cold or hot.
  • It can be found with carbonation or without, and flavored or plain.
Bottled water is healthy.
  • It contains zero calories.
  • It keeps the body hydrated.
  • It can improve one’s mood and focus.
  • It can help replenish lost electrolytes.
Bottled Water in New York City
Bottled water is portable.
  • It is convenient when one is on-the-go.
  • It is easy to carry it with you.
  • Bottled water is available in many locations.
  • Disposal of the bottle is relatively simple.
Bottled water is safe.
  • It is regulated as a food product by the Food & Drug Administration.
  • Bottled water has a long shelf life.
  • An extra supply should be kept for an emergency or disaster situation.
  • It can help prevent illness when traveling outside of the U.S.

With the great demand for bottled water, it is important to make sure that your New York City employees have access to a variety of bottled water choices during their work day. Not only will you help your employees remain hydrated during the day but their mood and focus are likely to improve if they are hydrated. A large selection of low or no sugar, flavored carbonated waters can also be a refreshing treat during a work break.

What bottled water options do you offer in your office break room? Healthy Vending can help you determine the best combination of flat and carbonated bottled waters as well as other beverages to offer in your office break room or school lunch room. To learn more, contact us at 917.572.3671.

Snacking on Plant-Based Proteins in New York City

Healthy Alternative Snacks in New York City

What do you look for when buying a snack? Taste? Convenience? Price? If you are like a growing number of New York City consumers, you are evaluating your snacks for fiber, protein, and sugar before you purchase them. According to Gil Bakal, managing director at A&B Ingredients, “protein and fiber are the two most popular ingredients consumers demand, and the trend crosses Millennials, Gen Xers, and Boomers.”

Don’t confuse the new demand for protein with the existing market for high-protein-based meal replacement items. These new snacks contain a moderate level of protein and are meant to hold the New York City consumer over until their next meal, not function as a post-workout snack or meal replacement. According to recent research, consumers are looking for proteins that are less processed, offer a wide range of health benefits, and taste good. Plant-based proteins such as legumes, nuts, seeds, and a handful of grains meet all of those requirements and more.

Legumes

So, what are legumes? Legumes are what most of us call beans, lentils, or peas. But, looking at it that way doesn’t acknowledge the wide variety of legumes or their nutritional power. Here’s a list of just some of the legumes that are available:  adzuki beans, black beans, black-eyed peas, broad beans or fava beans, calico beans, cannellini beans, garbanzo beans or chickpeas, kidney beans, lentils, lima beans, mung beans, navy beans, peanuts, pinto beans, and soybeans or edamame. These tiny powerhouses are

  • An excellent source of protein, low in fat, and a good source of soluble and insoluble fiber
  • Nutrient dense or contain a high number of vitamins, minerals, and other healthy nutrients relative to the number of calories
  • Helpful for weight control and reducing the risk of heart disease, type 2 diabetes, and colon and other cancers
Healthy Alternative Snacks in New York City
Nuts

Nuts often get a bad rap because of their high number of calories, but one doesn’t need to eat a lot of nuts to get a great nutritional benefit. Nuts often help lower LDL or bad cholesterol and contain Omega-3 fatty acids, fiber, vitamin E, and L-arginine, a substance that makes the artery walls more flexible. Here are a few of the more commonly used nuts and their benefits.

  • Almonds: high in magnesium, calcium, vitamin E, and selenium; lower LDL or bad cholesterol, and helps preventing colon cancer because of the high fiber content
  • Walnuts: support brain function, improve heart health, and cognitive function; contain ellagic acid, an antioxidant, and 16 disease-fighting polyphenols
  • Pistachios: help with heart health, weight management, and digestion, and protect against diabetes and hypertension
  • Cashews: high in vitamins E, K, and B6, copper, phosphorus, zinc, magnesium, iron, and selenium
  • Brazil Nuts: high in heart-healthy nutrients and minerals like copper, niacin, vitamin E, fiber, magnesium, and selenium
Seeds

Even though seeds are small, they pack a huge nutritional punch. Many seeds contain fiber, protein, vitamin E, and omega-3 fatty acids, an anti-inflammatory. Seeds are known to help prevent weight gain, the accumulation of LDL or bad cholesterol, and the development of heart disease. Here’s a list of a few of the more well-known seeds.

  • Hemp: contains 10 essential amino acids and disease-fighting phytosterols and 40% fiber; supports heart health
  • Sunflower: high in folate, good fats, vitamin E, selenium, and copper; supports heart health and works against cellular damage
  • Sesame: high in calcium, magnesium, zinc, fiber, iron, vitamin B1, and phosphorus; contains lignans (cholesterol-fighting fibers), lowers blood pressure and protects the liver
  • Pumpkin: high in omega-3 fatty acids, zinc, carotenoids, an antioxidant that supports the immune system, and phytosterols or plant components that help stabilize cholesterol
  • Chia: contains fiber, protein, 34% pure omega-3 fatty acids, various antioxidants, and calcium; stabilize blood sugar, promote heart health, and increase weight loss
Grains

The grains listed here are ones that usually don’t appear at the top of a most popular grain list. Quinoa, wild rice, and oats offer health benefits that can turn almost any snack into a healthy one.

  • Quinoa: contains fiber, iron, lysine, B2 (riboflavin), manganese, and magnesium; reduces high blood pressure and diabetes, lowers cholesterol and glucose levels, and helps keep red blood cells healthy
  • Wild Rice: high in antioxidants, protein, fiber, vitamin C, phosphorous, and zinc; helps with heart health, digestion, and bone strength and density, and boosts the immune system
  • Oats: contains beta-glucan (a type of fiber), avenanthramides (an antioxidant), and magnesium; helps lower cholesterol levels, the risk of type 2 diabetes, heart disease, breast cancer, and helps fight infection

Which of these healthy ingredients would your New York City employees or students like to see in their next snack? Make the process of locating healthy snacks and beverages easier for them by including vending machines from Healthy Vending in your office breakroom or school. Contact us at 917.572.3671 to learn more about our line of products and vending solutions.

New York City, How Do You Feel About Your Diet?

Healthy Ingredients in New York City

Is it healthy, not so healthy, or somewhere in between? If it’s not so healthy, you are part of a large number of Americans who feel that their diet is unhealthy. Recent research by Mintel, a market intelligence agency, found that “less than half (42 percent) of Americans consider their diet to be healthy.” Yikes!

While negative dietary influences vary greatly from person to person, there is one thing that impacts the majority of New York City consumers—being able to determine the validity of health-related claims on food packaging. As a consumer, how can you combat the uncertainty that often comes with reading food packaging?

Before looking at the packaging issue, it is important to understand what a food or health-related claim is. The U.S. Food & Drug Administration (FDA) describes a health claim as “a relationship between a food substance (a food, food component, or dietary supplement ingredient), and reduced risk of a disease or health-related condition.” An example of an FDA approved health claim that explains the benefit of calcium on the risk of osteoporosis is, “Adequate calcium throughout life, as part of a well-balanced diet, may reduce the risk of osteoporosis.” For a manufacturer to be able to include this claim on the packaging of one of their products, the product must meet a list of specific requirements.

Given that it is often difficult to know those requirements while reading different packaging, the nutrition label and ingredient list are a great resource. Ingredient lists and nutrition labels often contain a large amount of information. To better understand that information, here are a few strategies for reading them.

Healthy Ingredients in New York City
Nutrition Labels
  • Determine how big or small the serving size is for each packaged item. Often the serving size is different than the amount of food or drink in the package. To correctly understand the other information on the nutrition label, knowing the correct serving size is key.
  • Understand that the “percentage daily value” listed on the nutrition label is not the same for everyone. Most nutrition labels are based on a 2000 calorie per day diet. If you are taller or shorter or male or female or 17 or 39 or 82 or super active or a couch potato, it is likely that your caloric needs are different. Use the amount listed, 2000 calories per day, and adjust it up or down based on your own needs.
  • Pay special attention to the amount of sugar, unhealthy fats, and sodium that are in a serving as those are ingredients that many individuals need to limit.
Ingredient Lists
  • Look for recognizable ingredients. If it is an item that you have never heard of or cannot pronounce, look it up or ask someone what it is.
  • Consider which ingredients are listed first or early in the list of ingredients. The earlier the ingredient is listed, the larger the amount is of that ingredient.
  • If choosing a food that doesn’t come in a labeled package such as fruits or vegetables isn’t an option, choose products that have shorter ingredient lists. (See previous tip)

Now that you are armed with a few strategies for understanding the information on packaged foods and beverages, you are ready to head out and make healthy snack and beverage choices.

We at Healthy Vending would like to help make things a little easier for everyone by offering a selection of all-natural and organic snacks and beverages in your New York City school lunch room or office breakroom. For more information about our products and services, call us at 917.572.3671.

A New Snack Choice in New York City

Healthy Alternative Snacks New York City

The definition of the word snack has changed. It no longer refers only to something that has very little nutritional value and is eaten between meals. Snacks need to be healthy, delicious, and convenient as they are often eaten as a meal replacement.

This shift gradually occurred as Millennials became more influential consumers. Together with Gen Xers, the two demographic groups created an increase in demand for healthy or alternative-ingredient snacks, and that demand continues to grow. According to Packaged Facts, a market research firm, “sales of alternative ingredients snacks in 2017 are forecast to rise to $1.2 billion.”

But what is an alternative ingredient snack?

An alternative ingredient snack is a snack that is made from ingredients including pulses (dry peas, beans, lentils, and chickpeas), vegetables, ancient grains, multigrain and whole grains. Snacks made with these ingredients include salty snacks and crackers, and often offer both flavor and textural variety. In vegetable-based snacks, sweet potatoes and spinach are the most frequently used vegetables. Chickpeas or garbanzo beans are used most often in pulse based snacks, the fastest growing snack subcategory.

Why spinach, sweet potatoes, and chickpeas? Because each one offers a different combination of vitamins and minerals, and a wide variety of health benefits.

Spinach
  • is a great source of vitamins K, A, C, and B2 as well as folate, iron, fiber, magnesium, manganese, and calcium
  • is known to help with energy production and to improve blood quality because of the role that iron plays in red blood cells’ ability to function
  • is known to help maintain bone health because of the vitamin K
  • contains carotenoids (beta-carotene, lutein, and zeaxanthin) which have both anti-inflammatory and anti-cancerous properties
Sweet Potatoes
  • come in 3 different flesh colors: orange, purple and white
  • are a great source of vitamins A, C, and B6 as well as potassium, calcium, magnesium, and manganese
  • are known to help guard against health risks caused by carcinogens and toxins
  • are known to help maintain healthy blood pressure and healthy bones as well as help with healing wounds
Healthy Alternative Snacks New York City
Chickpeas
  • are a great source of protein, fiber, manganese, folate, and antioxidants
  • are known to help control blood sugar levels, lower cholesterol, and to support colon health
  • are known to help combat cancer development, especially colon cancer
  • are known to help wounds heal and to maintain healthy bones

Which alternative-ingredient would your New York City employees like to try in their next salty snack? Contact Healthy Vending at 917.572.3671 to learn more about which healthy snacks and beverages you can include in your school or healthy breakroom vending machine.

Healthy Snacks in New York City

Healthy Ingredients in New York City

Snacks. Depending on whom you ask, snacks are either a temptation or an integral part of one’s diet. Healthy snacks can be eaten daily as they have many benefits such as keeping blood sugar levels stable, helping with weight management, and providing nutrients that aren’t eaten at meals. Besides improved health, healthy snacks also play a role in improving one’s mood, increasing energy levels, and decreasing stress. And we all need a bit of that.

New Snack Choices

KIND, a healthy foods company that offers products made from whole ingredients, has recently introduced three new bars to help New York City consumers enjoy a healthy snack— KIND Healthy Grains Cinnamon Oat bar, KIND Healthy Grains Double Dark Chocolate bar, and Pressed by KIND Strawberry Apple Chia bar. While the bars are from different product lines, they all contain healthy ingredients. Both KIND Healthy Grains bars contain one full serving of whole grains, while the Pressed by KIND bar has no added sugar and contains two full servings of fruit.

Whole Grains

Both the American Diabetes Association and the American Heart Association recommend eating a wide variety of whole grains as each grain offers different nutrients. But what exactly is a whole grain? According to the Whole Grain Council, a whole grain is a grain that not only includes the bran, germ, and endosperm but also includes them in the same proportions as when the grain was still in the ground. The KIND Healthy Grains bars include five different whole grains which have the following nutrients and benefits (per the Whole Grain Council):

  • Oats: help lower LDL “bad” cholesterol, contain soluble fiber that helps control blood sugar, contain healthy fats, and contain avenanthramides which have anti-oxidant, anti-inflammatory, and anti-itching properties
  • Brown Rice: contains manganese and selenium, and helps lower the risk of type 2 diabetes
  • Millet: contains antioxidants and magnesium, and helps control diabetes and inflammation
  • Buckwheat: contains zinc, copper, manganese, and potassium, and has high levels of protein and soluble fiber
  • Amaranth: contains 13 to 14% protein (much higher than the majority of grains), calcium, iron, magnesium, phosphorus, and potassium
Healthy Ingredients in New York City
Strawberries

Berries, as a subgroup of fruits, contain antioxidants, vitamins, and fiber, and could all be part of a student’s healthy snack. Strawberries, in particular, increase “good” or HDL cholesterol, lower blood pressure, and contain fiber, high levels of antioxidants, manganese, potassium, and vitamin c (per WebMD). It’s not surprising then that strawberries are one of America’s favorite fruits. As of 2013, the USDA Economic Research Service found that the annual per person consumption of fresh strawberries in the United States reached a new record at 7.9 pounds. Now that’s a lot of strawberries!

Which KIND bar do you want to try for your next healthy snack? They are all a great choice. Contact Healthy Vending at 917.572.3671 to learn about healthy snack and beverage vending options or to add KIND bars to your current offerings.