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LUNA Wants to Feed Your Strength—And Your Office!

Written on June 13, 2013 at 11:13 am , by

3pm snack time never looked so sweet. (Photo courtesy of LUNA)

Written by Chloe Metzger, editorial intern

Let’s face it—breakroom vending machines are notorious fat traps. Between the sugar-laden granola bars and bags of not-so-innocent trail mix, seemingly healthy snacks can derail your diet before noon. But LUNA, the makers of some of our fave nutrition bars, wants to revamp mid-day munchies with their new “Feed Your Strength…at Work!” contest.

For the past year, LUNA has been striving to debunk common diet misconceptions and those crazy health fads we’ve all seen floating around Facebook. Now they’re tackling workplace wellness—which, we’ll admit, can get pretty inconsistent as schedules get more hectic—through healthy eating campaigns, FAQ webisodes, and, of course, contests!

The “Feed Your Strength…at Work!” prize is pretty sweet—a vending machine stocked with six-months worth of LUNA bars for your office, and six consultations with expert dieticians. (Truth: we’re kind of jealous we can’t partake.) To enter, head over to LUNA’s Facebook page and post a photo of you and your coworkers making healthy changes in your workplace. (Our FITNESS staffers recently rocked a 10k together!) The contest ends June30th, so bust out those get-fit photos stat!

Now You Tell Us: What healthy snacks do you have on hand in the office?

The Healthier Vending Trend: Coming to a Breakroom Near You?

Written on October 5, 2011 at 3:01 pm , by

These machines let you see the nutrition information before you buy. (Photo courtesy of h.u.m.a.n. Healthy Vending)

Ten years ago, when you stepped up to a vending machine, your options may have included chips, candy bars, soda and gum. But snack dispensers have evolved (and nutrition initiatives have been put in place) so your diet may not be in as much danger the next time you walk into a breakroom with a crisp dollar bill to ease your mid-afternoon growling stomach!

Health professionals lie on both the “pro” and “con” side of the more nutritious vending debate—supporters say it never hurts to have better options, while those who oppose claim vending machines are only one brick in a mile-long wall of nutrition problems.

Besides populating breakrooms, vending machines are also mainstays in school cafeterias. Currently, 27 states have rules about what can be sold in elementary school vending machines, The New York Times reports. So it’s no surprise that new companies are popping up to fill the space left behind by the machines that don’t fit the new food rules.

One such company, h.u.m.a.n. (which stands for “helping unite mankind and nutrition”), sells vending machines with screens that share wellness tips and nutrition facts and only offer products that have been approved by their panel of health experts. Here are a few changes you may find:

 

  • Swap this: Cashew Cookie Larabar
  • For this: Snickers bar
  • And lose: 50 calories, 12 g sugar, partially hydrogenated soybean oil (trans fats)

 

  • Swap this: Apples and Cherries That’s It bar
  • For this: Cherry Pop-Tarts
  • And lose: 300 calories, 10 g fat, added sugars

 

  • Swap this: Popchips Cheddar Potato
  • For this: Doritos Nacho Cheese
  • And lose: 150 calories, 9.5 g fat (1.5 g saturated fat)

Now tell us: What do you think of cleaning up vending machines? Do you ever buy from them or bring your own snacks?