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Healthy Snack Alternatives in New York City

Healthy Vending Machine Snacks in New York City

Are you ever in the mood for a snack that is salty and crunchy, but want it to be a healthy choice? If you are, there are a lot of new healthy options available that were on exhibit at the 2018 NAMA (National Automatic Merchandising Association) Show. Attending vending operators sought out better-for-you products that could help New York City employees and students meet their health and wellness goals.

In addition to chips made from wheat alternatives and vegetables, there were several other themes that appeared. Low or no-sugar beverages, energy drinks, and beverages made with superfood ingredients such as matcha, naturally occurring antioxidants, and protein topped the list. But, let’s go back to that craving for a salty and crunchy snack.

Instead of only finding the traditional potato chip in your New York City office break room or school lunchroom vending machine, there are now chips made with brown rice, quinoa, hummus, and lentils. Each one of those ingredients offers a different flavor as well as the following health benefits.   

Brown Rice

  • High in Fiber
  • Contains: manganese, antioxidants, lecithin, magnesium, and selenium
  • Benefits: helps convert food into energy, protects from free radicals, digests slowly which keeps blood sugar levels stable during digestion, has anti-inflammatory properties

Quinoa

  • High-Quality Protein
  • High in Fiber
  • Gluten-Free
  • Contains: nine essential amino acids, manganese, magnesium, phosphorus, folate, copper, iron, zinc, potassium, B vitamins, calcium, vitamin E, and multiple antioxidants
  • Benefits: super nutritious, works well to control blood sugar, lowers cholesterol, and contains anti-inflammatory properties

Healthy Vending Machine Snacks in New York City

Hummus

  • Made with mashed chickpea, tahini, oil, lemon juice, and garlic
  • High in Fiber
  • Contains: protein, folate, vitamin C, vitamin E, vitamin K, isoflavones (antioxidants), minerals, and vegetable-based iron
  • Benefits: helps maintain blood sugar levels; decreases risk of some cancers; lowers bad cholesterol; decreases the risk of heart disease and type 2 diabetes; and reduces likelihood of blood clots

Lentils

  • High-quality Protein
  • High in Fiber
  • Contains: magnesium, iron, folate, phosphorus, potassium, and vitamin B1
  • Benefits: strengthens and repairs muscles; battles fatigue, stress, and mood swings; prevents heart disease and lowers cholesterol; improves blood circulation; aids in and slows digestion; maintains blood sugar levels; and reduces the risk of some cancers

With so many healthy crunchy snack options, your New York City employees or students can choose what they think tastes best. Don’t forget to offer them healthy beverages such as bottled water, iced tea, and carbonated mineral water to enjoy with their snack. To learn more about providing healthy snack and beverage options, call Healthy Vending at 917.572.3671. We look forward to hearing from you.

 

New York City, Enjoy a Healthy Snack Today

Healthy Vending Machine Snacks in New York City

It may be summer outside, but don’t forget to include a bit of dark chocolate in your healthy snack. The key is to use dark chocolate made with a high-cocoa content, low unhealthy-fats, and very little sugar. A few different ways to enjoy a dark chocolate snack in the summer include: dark chocolate ice cubes, fruit dipped in dark chocolate, homemade dark chocolate ice cream, and dark chocolate pudding or mousse in addition to the traditional bar of dark chocolate.

Why dark chocolate? Because dark chocolate contains antioxidants, caffeine, endorphins, and serotonin which offer many health benefits. According to research presented at the Experimental Biology 2018 annual meeting, “consuming dark chocolate that has a high concentration of cacao (minimally 70% cacao, 30% organic cane sugar) has positive effects on stress levels, inflammation, mood, memory and immunity” as well as cognition.

Let’s take a look at how caffeine, endorphins, serotonin, and antioxidants play a role.

Caffeine

As many New York City employees know, caffeine can provide an energy boost when one is feeling tired. But caffeine does more than just decrease fatigue. Caffeine offers a short term mental boost, improves memory, and even helps decrease pain sensitivity in some individuals with chronic pain.

Endorphins & Serotonin

While endorphins are a group of hormones secreted within the brain and nervous system, and serotonin is a chemical and neurotransmitter, both have a similar effect. They can both improve a New York City employee’s mood. Endorphins create feelings of pleasure, and serotonin elevates one’s mood.  

Healthy Vending Machine Snacks in New York City

Antioxidants

Understanding the impact of antioxidants is a bit more complicated. There are many different types of antioxidants. Several of the ones that come into play with dark chocolate include flavonoids (flavanols, flavonols (source of the antioxidant qualities), epicatechin and procyanidins) and polyphenols. Flavonoids, a type of antioxidant, improve cognitive function, help absorb UV light, increase blood flow to the skin, improve skin texture, increase skin hydration, fight inflammation and oxidative stress—improving blood flow, improve cardiovascular health, reduce insulin resistance, and decrease cravings for sweet, salty, and fatty foods. Those are a lot of benefits!

The benefits from antioxidants are often seen in New York City individuals when three to four ounces of dark chocolate made with 70 percent to 80 percent cocoa are enjoyed each day. Don’t forget to avoid dark chocolate made using processing methods such as fermenting, alkalizing, and roasting as they cause important flavonoids to be lost.

Can your New York City employees find a healthy dark chocolate snack in their office break room? Offering healthy vending machine options is one way that your organization can support your employees’ health. And don’t forget to include New York City students. They could also benefit from healthy snack and beverage vending machines in their lunchroom. For more information about adding vending services to your place of business or school, contact Healthy Vending at 917.572.3671. We look forward to working with you.

Snacks in New York City Play Multiple Roles

Healthy Snacks in New York City

The definition of a snack is expanding. It no longer refers only to a small amount of sweet or salty food eaten between meals. A snack can also be a healthy meal replacement that helps New York City employees meet their daily caloric and hydration needs. All snacks, independent of their role, fall into one or more of three primary needs: nourishment, optimization, and pleasure.

Accurate and clearly written product labels play an important part before snacks and beverages are even consumed. For 39 percent of U.S. consumers, inaccurate or confusing information on a product label will trigger a switch to a product that has clearer and more accurate product information. Additionally, 68 percent of the participants in a Nielson study said they would pay more for snacks, beverages, and prepared food items that weren’t made with “bad” ingredients. Fresh, organic, clean, and Fair Trade are just a few of the terms New York City employees are looking for in the office breakroom.

Sweet or Salty Treat

I have some good news for you. Traditional sweet and salty snacks are not going anywhere. In 2017, the sale of chocolate-based treats produced over $1.8 billion in revenue, or 74.9 percent of the total sales for candy. On the salty side of the aisle, $2.9 billion in revenue came from the sale of chips. That’s 46.6 percent of sales in its category. Clean, organic, and “better”  ingredients play an influence here too. While sweet and salty snacks are most often consumed as a reward or indulgence, many New York City employees also use a trip to the office break room vending machine as an opportunity to enjoy new flavors and textures.

Certain snacks have always and will continue to play the role of a sweet or salty treat, but in 2018, many snacks have a new purpose.

Healthy Snacks in New York City

Healthy Meal Replacement

According to the NPD Group’s tracking of U.S. consumers’ snacking attitudes and behaviors, “snack foods eaten at main meals now represent 24 percent of all snack food eatings, which is up from 21 percent five years ago.”  Not only are New York City employees looking for nourishment and optimization (a mental or physical energy boost), they have high expectations about the quality of product labels and the ingredients that they put in their bodies. 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.

A healthy vending machine in your office breakroom offers your New York City employees a wide range of healthy, sweet and salty snacks, and beverages that can be enjoyed at any time of the day. Not only is the office breakroom a place to grab a bite to eat, but it is also a relaxing environment to catch up with colleagues during the workday. To learn more about updating your healthy vending selections or adding a new vending solution, contact Healthy Vending at 917.572.3671.  

Quick and Healthy Snacks in Your New York City Vending Machine

Healthy Vending Machine Options in New York City

Are you looking for something to eat that is quick and healthy, and can be found in your New York City break room or lunchroom vending machine? Whether it’s a quick breakfast, fuel for a lunchtime workout, an afternoon snack, or a sweet treat, a KIND® bar can meet each one of those needs. Each bar is made from nutritionally-dense ingredients and contains no secret ingredients, artificial flavors, preservative or sweeteners. You’ll find nuts, real fruit, chocolate, spicy and savory flavors, and five super grains including oats, buckwheat, millet, amaranth, and quinoa.

And soon, you’ll be able to enjoy your favorite KIND® bar with others when you travel around the globe. In a new partnership with Mars, Incorporated, KIND will be able to expand their product offerings and business into international markets while continuing to make healthy and tasty foods available and create a kinder world through meaningful social impact initiatives.  

Daniel Lubetzky, Founder and CEO of KIND, explained it best when he said, “we’re looking forward to continuing on this journey as we empower more people to make healthy eating decisions across the globe. We remain fully committed to our guiding principles, including our commitment to always use a nutritious food as the first and predominant ingredient in every food product.”

Healthy Vending Machine Options in New York City

Whether enjoying a vending machine snack in New York City or around the world, it’s nice to know that KIND will continue to fulfill its KIND Promise. Both employees and students can continue to count on

  • snacks made from real food, wholesome ingredients, and sound nutrition;
  • nuts, whole grains, or fruit as the first and predominant ingredient;
  • everyone and everything being treated with integrity and kindness;
  • transparency about everything from ingredients to labeling;
  • low amounts of added sugar and no artificial sweeteners or sugar alcohols;
  • and tasty and healthy snacks.

An additional way to offer encouragement and support to your New York City employees or students in their quest to be healthy, is to provide a wide range of healthy snacks and beverages in the office break room or school lunchroom vending machine. Fresh fruit, unsweetened tea, or bottled water are all great accompaniments to a KIND® bar. Help your employees a bit more by offering those snacks and beverages at a reduced cost or for free. That’s a win for everyone.

To learn more about adding healthy vending machine options to your office break room or school lunchroom, call Healthy Vending at 917.572.3671. We look forward to hearing from you.

Healthy Snack Market in New York City Keeps Growing

Healthy Snacks in New York City

It appears that many Americans have come to the conclusion that eating healthy snacks is the better way to go. Healthy snacks help prevent overeating, keep blood sugar levels stable, provide nutrients, and lower the risk for certain cancers and diseases. The shift in snack preferences has also been observed by executives in the New York food and beverage industry.

According to Anchin, Block & Anchin, an accounting firm in New York City, a 2017 poll found that 46 out of 80, or 56 percent, of industry executives questioned foresee healthy snacks at the top of the list for product category expected growth. With the increased availability of knowledge about how to stay healthy and the wide variety of healthy foods available, this projection is not unexpected.

The challenge will be to meet the demands for healthy choices. Not only do New York City residents and visitors look for healthy snacks when catching a flight, or traveling via the train or subway, but they also want to enjoy healthy snacks at their desk or between office meetings. On the surface, it may seem that the reason behind the demand for healthy snacks is same for everyone, but the reasons why an individual chooses a particular product is quite varied. Often the reason is a unique combination of factors related to the snacks’ packaging and the snack itself.

Packaging preferences typically fall into one of the following five categories:

  • Transparent
    • easy to see item in packaging
    • upfront and straightforward about ingredients, including nutritional values
  • Portable
    • easy to carry in a briefcase, backpack, or purse without damaging the snack or breaking the container
    • not too heavy
  • Resealable
    • easy to repeatedly open and close
    • important if the snack is also to be portable
  • Sustainable
    • made from biodegradable, recycled, recyclable, renewable sources
    • clearly marked disposable instructions on packaging   
  • Contain information about the snack on the label
    • fair trade product or local sourcing
    • simple ingredients (claims and certifications) 

Healthy Snacks in New York City

Snacks, on the other hand, must have enough variety to be consumed by a diverse group of individuals, and at the same time, meet a few basic requirements. How a product tastes is often the first criteria an individual uses to determine if they are going to eat something again. New York City consumers want to try products with innovative and global flavors. Ingredients should be fresh not processed and have a purpose. Snacks are often chosen because one or more of its ingredients is a source of energy like naturally occurring caffeine, protein, or complex carbohydrate, and or provides specific nutrients such as those from vegetables, superfoods, protein, or healthy fats.

A great way to help your New York City employees or students eat healthy is to include vending machines with healthy snacks and beverages in your office break room or school lunchroom. Healthy Vending offers a large selection of all-natural and organic products as well as different vending options that range from free vend to traditional vending to help meet your organization’s needs. For more information, contact us at 917.572.3671.

New York City Employees Crave Healthy Snacks

Healthy Vending Machine Snacks in New York City

The increase in demand for healthy snacks is not only about which ingredients are in a snack; it is also about the ingredients that aren’t there. According to Mintel, a global market research firm, 84 percent of consumers want to reduce the amount of natural sugar and artificial sweetener in their diets. Participants indicated that weight management and future health concerns were the top reasons to cut sugar. In fact, 31 percent of participants agreed that removing sugar from their diet causes more weight loss than cutting out fat. Millennials or 18 to 34 year olds had additional concerns about sugar and its negative impact on dental health and the appearance of their skin.     

Decreasing the amount of sugar consumed has many more positive effects on a New York City individual’s health than the few previously mentioned. Some additional health benefits of eating less sugar are

  • lower blood pressure and bad cholesterol (LDL) levels,
  • decrease risk of fatty liver disease, diabetes, and heart attack,
  • Lower chances of developing Alzheimer’s and dementia,
  • improved cognitive function, memory, and responsiveness,
  • increased energy levels.

Avoiding sugar isn’t always as easy as it sounds though. Sugar is frequently hidden in products that aren’t usually associated with sugar. It is also referred to by other names and found in many different forms including molasses, organic cane sugar, fruit juice concentrate, malt sugar, corn syrup, honey, syrup, and words ending in “ose” dextrose, lactose, maltose, fructose, glucose, and sucrose.

Healthy Vending Machine Snacks in New York City

The following suggestions are a few ways that can help New York City employees and students choose healthy snacks and reduce sugar consumption:

  • check the ingredient list for hidden sugar
  • eat as close to natural as possible
  • check the nutrition label to see how much sugar is actually in the product
  • gradually lower your sugar intake
  • eat more protein and healthy fats such as nuts, seeds, avocados, and olives
  • drink naturally flavored seltzer water as an alternative to sugary beverages

The increase in demand for snacks and beverages with less sugar has led to new, easy-to-find, healthier choices including kombucha teas and drinking vinegars. Since New York City employees are looking for a wide variety of flavors and sweetness levels, there are many new opportunities to offer healthy snacks and beverages at all sweetness levels in the office break room.

Consider offering all of your New York City employees and students the chance to enjoy a healthy snack or beverage while at work or at school. Whether enjoying a can of flavored carbonated water or a healthy snack from the vending machine, there is an option for everyone. For more information about adding healthy snacks and beverages to your office break room or school lunchroom or updating your current vending machine options, call Healthy Vending at 917.572.3671.

Healthy Snacks in New York City are Here to Stay

Healthy Snacks in New York City Most New York City employees have changed their approach to snacking. Now, they seek out natural, healthy snacks while at work. Healthy snacking has gone from being a fad to being considered “normal” behavior. The switch gradually occurred as Millennials joined the workforce and has since changed the way everyone approaches snacking. Tom Ennis, CEO of Amplify Snack Brands, recently stated that “Millennials have set the quality bar high for better-for-you snacks, and consumers deserve nothing less.” Millennials are also teaching their children to choose healthier snacks as well as convincing many individuals in older generations to go healthy.

Be the Change

Rather than only considering the information on the front of a vending machine snack package, New York City employees are interested in the ingredient list and nutritional information on the back of the package. What are the ingredients? Are they clean or natural? How many calories are in this snack? How much sugar or fat per serving? The answers to these questions play an important role in helping the consumer decide if a specific snack is the best one for them, and each person will have different set of answers when considering the following questions. Will this snack boost my energy level, maintain my blood sugar, or provide the nutrients that I need?

To meet the evolving demand and expectations put on snacks, it is time to re-think the vending machine snack inventory. Start by considering your New York City employee behavior. Notice which items they are currently choosing. Survey them and ask for feedback about existing choices and future wishes. Professors and administrative staff at a college in California took it one step further and petitioned the college president for healthier choices in vending machines as they were concerned about the connection between sugary snacks and poor classroom performance.

Healthy Snacks in New York City
Be Proactive

If New York City employees haven’t asked about including healthy snacks in the break room vending machine, ask them for their opinion. There is often a gap between “new to market” and “new to the vending market,” and employees may not realize that healthy snack and beverage options are available. It’s time to change the perception of vending machines and teach everyone that the words healthy snack and vending machine are not mutually exclusive.

Set your organization apart from the rest by offering healthy snacks and beverages in your New York City break room vending machine. Break rooms with healthy snack options are a highly valued benefit. Employees appreciate an employer who considers their health. Free Vending, providing vending machine snacks and beverages at zero or a reduced cost, with healthy choices also shows employees that employers are concerned about their personal finances. Both of these can lead to an increase in employee loyalty.

To learn more about adding healthy snack and beverage choices to your office break room vending machine, call Healthy Vending at 917.572.3671 for more information. We’d love to help you make the switch

New York City, Don’t Forget to Eat Some Dark Chocolate Today

Healthy Vending Machine Snacks in New York City

It looks like New York City employees can add another benefit to the list of reasons why they should enjoy chocolate as a healthy snack—fewer irregular heartbeats. A recent study performed in Denmark by a group of Danish and American scientists found that participants who consumed two to six servings per week of chocolate made with at least 30 percent cocoa solids had an 11 to 20 percent lower chance of atrial fibrillation (AF) or irregular heartbeats. AF negatively affects over 12 million people in the United States (U.S.) and European Union (EU), and increases the likelihood that a stroke, heart failure, cognitive decline, or dementia will occur.

Chocolate, as a category, is made from different combinations of cocoa solids, cocoa butter, cocoa bean powder, sugar, and milk powder. Out of all of the ingredients, cocoa is the one that benefits cardiovascular health. In addition to antioxidants, cocoa contains flavonoids which perform a variety of jobs such as helping control insulin sensitivity, improving blood flow, and protecting the skin against UV damage. For chocolate to provide the most benefit, it needs to be made with a higher percentage of cocoa, and avoid processing methods such as fermenting, alkalizing, and roasting that cause important flavonoids to be lost.

Of all of the types of chocolate available in New York City, dark chocolate meets those criteria the best. But it is still important to check each bar of chocolate for the percentage of cocoa solids because those can vary. For example, in the EU, milk chocolate must contain a minimum of 30 percent cocoa solids while in the U.S., a minimum of 10 percent is required for the chocolate to be considered milk chocolate. Dark chocolate also has different requirements between the two locations—43 percent cocoa solids in the EU and 35 percent in the U.S. So, how do these percentages play out when it comes to the ingredients of dark, milk, and white chocolate?

Healthy Vending Machine Snacks in New York City

Dark chocolate is made from the highest percentage of cocoa solids (the part that contains the flavonoids), cocoa butter, sugar, and cocoa bean powder. A different research study performed by researchers at the University of Copenhagen found that dark chocolate decreased cravings for sweet, salty, and fatty foods. Fewer cravings can help the New York City employee stick to their healthy eating plan. Milk chocolate contains a smaller percentage of cocoa solids and cocoa butter than dark chocolate plus milk powder and more sugar. The milk powder and decreased amount of cocoa creates a smoother and sweeter chocolate than dark chocolate, but it also has fewer flavonoids. White chocolate is made from sugar, milk, and the smallest quantity of cocoa butter, so it doesn’t include any flavonoids.

Enjoying a small amount of dark chocolate with a cup of coffee in the afternoon not only provides health benefits, but it also creates a moment of relaxation and a caffeine boost for New York City employees. That is a benefit for everyone. A convenient location to offer dark chocolate is in a office break room or school lunchroom vending machine. To learn more about vending machine snack (including chocolate) and beverage options contact Healthy Vending at 917.572.3671.