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11 Healthy(ish) Vending Machine Snacks

The 10 am hunger slump…the 3 pm hunger slump…the daily stress that just makes you want chocolate ERR DA TIME…the fact that food is 100% more interesting than anything you’re doing at work…that hopeful thought you have every time you pass the break room…

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Sometimes you just have to feed the craving.

If you work in a corporate job, chances are there’s a vending machine in your break room…probably filled with candy bars and packaged baked goods, these snacks have most likely been sitting in there since before you were hired, just waiting for a despite hungry worker to come buy an old granola bar when no one was looking…just to have a little munchy.

And, if you’re one of the really lucky ones, you might have a vending machine that has a nice assortment of options…filled with chips, granola bars, and a few sweets here and there for those emergency moments.

And for those of us who are trying to be healthier, the vending machine can be a pitfall of despair, offering little to no options to actually help the hunger slump.  However, if an emergency hits, there are better options than others hidden in that vending machine.  So, if you are in dire need of a snack or something to get you through the day, here are 11 Healthy(ish) Vending Machine Snacks that won’t drag you down and make you feel like a slug.

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11 Healthy(ish) Vending Machine Snacks

Overall nuts, granola, trail mix or anything high in fiber and protein will help tame the hunger beast.  Look out for meal replacement bars that are packed with sugar or fatty snacks masked as healthy options. 

  • Snyder’s of Hanover Mini Pretzels (110 calories)
  • Quaker Chewy Low-Fat Granola Bar, Chocolate Chunk (110 calories)
  • Sun Chips Original (140 calories)
  • Planters Honey Roasted Peanuts (160 calories)
  • Planters Sunflower Kernels (160 calories)
  • Nature Valley Granola Bar, Oats & Honey (180 calories)
  • Fig Newtons (190 calories)
  • Baked! Lays Original (210 calories)
  • Traditional Chex Mix (220 calories)
  • Triscuits (240 calories, but packed with fiber)
  • Peanut M&M’s (250 calories)

…And a Few You Should Avoid

All those muffins, pastries, and candy bars may look tempting, but they’re just gonna drag you down even more.  Plus, most of them carry tons of trans fat, sugar, and empty calories that are just no good!  If you must indulge…because really, sometimes you must, share these with a friend!

  • Austin Cheese Crackers with Cheddar Cheese (210 calories, also high in fat)
  • Doritos (250 calories)
  • Skittles (250 calories, also high in fat)
  • Twix (280 calories, lots of fat and saturated fats)
  • Lay’s Potato Chips (280 calories, packed with BHT)
  • Snickers Bar (280 calories)
  • Pop-Tarts Frosted Strawberry Pastries (420 calories)
  • Drake’s Apple Fruit Pie (440 calories)
  • Entenmann’s Jumbo Iced Honey Bun (660 calories, a serving is half a bun!)

 

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15 Late Night Snacks That Are OK to Eat Before Bed

Let’s be real…sometimes life just gets in the way and we can’t even sit down to have dinner until freaking 8 or 9 o’clock.  Or sometimes dinner leaves us unsatisfied and we just need a little somethin’ somethin’ before we head to bed…

But not all snacks are made alike.  Some do more help than hurt, but some can even help you sleep after you eat them!  In short, you want to avoid anything fatty, spicy, super sugary or caffeinated.  Capsaicin, which makes food spicy, can cause indigestion and discomfort, which will naturally affect your sleep.  Foods with a lot of oil or fat takes a while to digest, which can cause acid reflux if you lie down right after eating anything super fatty or deep-fried.  And obviously sugar and caffeine will do nothing for your sleeping schedule.

So here are a few late-night snack ideas that won’t keep you up but will help tame the hunger beast.

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String Cheese:  One serving of string cheese contains filling protein and fat, so you feel satisfied after eating it.  One cheese stick is only about 80 calories and contains tryptophan, which also may help make you feel drowsy.

Nonfat Greek Yogurt:  Yogurt also contains tryptophan and protein, so it’s a great snack for before bed time.  Yogurt can also help calm your stomach so you’re less likely to wake up with heartburn or indigestion.

Sliced Apple and Peanut Butter:  Slicing an apple helps convince your brain that you’re eating more than you actually are, and the peanut butter also helps fill you up without feeling too heavy.

Chocolate Pudding Cup:  The creamy pudding is sweet and satisfying and doesn’t contain a ton of fat.

Baby Carrots:  The crunch of these carrots is super satisfying, and at only 4 little calories per carrot, this is great for big late night munchies.

Banana:  Like dairy, bananas are also loaded with tryptophan, as well as satiating fiber.

 

Other Snacks to Try:

  • Cherries
  • Almonds
  • Cottage Cheese
  • Hardboiled Eggs
  • Avocado on Toast
  • Turkey Slices
  • Popcorn
  • Pistachios
  • Dark Chocolate

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11 Delicious Honeycrisp Apple Recipes

The coming of fall means one of my favorite fruits is in season…HONEYCRISP APPLES.

Tasty on their own but super easy and fun to bake with, Honeycrisp apples have become a favorite apple breed for kids and adults alike. They are super sweet, making them a tasty and healthy treat for kids, and they’re packed with a high water content, helping to fill you up with fewer calories.

Like the Jazz and Jonagold apples, Honeycrisps are great for using in pies and in any recipe where you want to add a little refreshing taste and texture. Celebrate fall and rejoice in the tasty loveliness of these amazing apples with these 11 Honeycrisp Apple Recipes!

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Honeycrisp Apple Sangria
Damn Delicious
This. Drink. Is. Beautiful. Hello new Christmas spritzer!
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Caramel Honeycrisp Apple Bars
Imperial Sugar
What goes better with apples than caramel? Look how oooooy goooooy these are!!
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Honeycrisp Apple Hummus
Turnip the Oven
This is the perfect dip for fall football games and blustery movie nights.
Honeycrisp Apple Hummus

Honeycrisp Apple Turnovers
Pepperidge Farm
Packed with cheddar and cranberries (two flavors that LOVE apples), these turnovers would be tasty for breakfast or dessert!

Brussels Sprouts with Honeycrisp Apples
FOOD52
The perfect compliment to pork, this flavorful side dish is packed with bacon, onions, apples and sage. YES PLEASE!
Brussels Sprouts with Honeycrisp Apples

Honeycrisp Apple Tart
The Redhead Baker
Simple and rustic, this tart screams fall!
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Crock Pot Baked Apples
Peaceful Bend
Another simple and classic treat, these baked apples would go perfectly with vanilla ice cream…and let’s talk about how AMAZING your house is going to smell…
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Holiday Honeycrisp Salad
Five Heart Home
A delicious salad that will feed a family, this dish also features walnuts, cranberries, and blue cheese (I’d use goat cheese). I’ve made this loads of times and it’s always delicious!
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Vanilla Bean Honeycrisp Applesauce
Self Proclaimed Foodie
If you’ve never had homemade applesauce, you’re missing out. PLUS Honeycrisps are so sweet that you don’t even need sugar for this recipe!
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Honeycrisp Apple Quesadillas
Home and Plate
Another recipe featuring cheddar and bacon, these quesadillas are a game-changer.
Honeycrisp Apple Quesadillas with Bacon and Cheddar | www.homeandplate.com | These honeycrisp apple quesadillas with bacon and cheddar are the perfect lunch or snack and they are school and kid friendly. 

 

Chicken Salad with Honeycrisp Apples
The Cozy Apron
Packed with flavor, this is one sandwich that screams fall!
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13 DIY Snack Foods from the 90’s

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If you’re unfamiliar with this meme, here’s a little background: Fellow 90’s kids might remember the 2000 NSYNC hit, “It’s Gonna Be Me” (simultaneously the coolest and creepiest music video ever).

 

Since about 2012, a variety of memes and GIFs with Justin Timberlake singing the lyric with the misheard caption have been circulating all over the web, particularly during the last week of April leading up to May.

To honor the awesomeness that was NSYNC, I’m gonna take you way back to the nifty 90’s with this collection of DIY 90’s snack foods. From Dunkaroos to Sunny D, you can get a taste of your childhood with this snack-attack of after-school goodness.

 

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Homemade Dunkaroos
Credit: Hey Wanderer Blog

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Butterfinger BB’s
Credit: Glazed and Confused

Homemade Butterfinger BB's // Glazed & Confused

 

Ecto Cooler
Credit: Food and Wine

 

DIY Pizza Lunchables
Credit: Mommy’s Kitchen

 

Jell-O Pudding Pops
Credit: Delicious as it Looks

Homemade Chocolate Pudding Pops

 

Handi-Snacks Cheese
Credit: Culture Cheese Mag

back to school snack of homemade snack cheese (commercially known as handisnacks) with pretzels and crackers

 

Choco-Tacos
Credit: Wheel n’Deal Mama

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Uh-Oh! Oreos
Credit: King Arthur Flour

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Dino Grrrahams (I loved these!)
Credit: Mama Gone Green

 

Dino Nuggets
Credit: New York Family

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SunnyD
Credit: Sweaty Girl

 

Homemade Zebra Cakes
Credit: Confessions of a Cookbook Queen

 

P.B. Crisps
Credit: etcrumbs

 

 

What was your favorite 90’s snack food? Tell us in the comments!

 

 

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Roasted Spiced Chickpeas

One of my favorite salad toppings, believe it or not, is chickpeas.  I love them.  So when I came across this recipe, I just had to try it.  Eat these toasted chickpeas in a salad, in soup, or munch by the handful.

Roasted Spiced Chickpeas

ROASTED SPICED CHICK PEAS

1 15-oz. can chickpeas, drained and rinsed

1 TB. vegetable oil

Ground cumin

Ground coriander

Ground ginger

Ground hot paprika

Kosher salt

Parsley

*These are the spices I used.  I almost never measure when using spices…I just toss them in according to flavors.  But if you’re one of those that must have a measurement, add 1/4 teaspoon of all to get a good mix of flavor.

Preheat oven to 425 degrees.  Toss chickpeas with oil and spices (except parsley) until evenly coated.  Spread on a rimmed baking sheet and roast until chickpeas are golden and crunchy, about 30 minutes.  Shake the pan occasionally to allow for even cooking.  Let cool completely.  Sprinkle with parsley when plated.

These can be stored for up to 2 weeks in an airtight container.

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5 Clever Uses for Apples

Well, despite this freak 90 degree heat wave that’s plaguing Chicago, we are in the midst of apple picking season.  Fall has arrived and the apples are ripe for the pickin’.

Unfortunately not many places allow you to pick apples anymore.  Many orchards now require that you pick through barrels of apples instead of wandering through the grove of trees.  Lame sauce, in my opinion.

But, apples are in season now and every produce mart is stocking up…so here are some reasons why you should do the same thing…

“You know what they say…”

  1. Quite obviously, apples are very good for you.  They pack an insane amount of vitamin C (more than oranges, in most cases) and are easy to pack for lunch on the go.
  2. Be a sneaky Pete with your pet.  Hide medicine inside apple chunks and feed to your horse, cow, bunny, guinea pig, or bird.  I used to do this with my dog all the time…but we used cheese.
  3. It’s fall harvest time and what better way to decorate than with the fruit of the season?  Core the center of an apple and insert a taper candle inside for a festive autumn themed party.
  4. There are few scents that bring back such wonderful and heartwarming memories for me…and this is one of them:  simmer apples, a cinnamon stick and orange peel on the stove with a bit of water to fill the house with the most wonderful smell.
  5. When life hands you mealy apples, make applesauce!  Or stuffed apples, or a sweet and sensational pork marinade, or muffins, or scones, or cakes, etc.  Browse around for some recipes.

There are also tons of kinds of apples…and not every apple is made equally.  Here’s a few things you should know about some common kinds:

MCINTOSH:

The McIntosh is maybe the most popular apple.  It’s very tender and breaks down quickly when cooked, making it the ideal choice for baking.

GOLDEN DELICIOUS:

The Golden Delicious is great for snacking because it doesn’t brown as easily as many of its cousins (to help prevent browning on apples of all varieties, simply spray with lemon juice and toss to coat).

GALA:

Gala apples are great for sautéing and slow baking.  They are pale yellow inside and are often soft to bite.

HONEYCRISP:

This one is my favorite.  It keeps for a bit longer than other kinds of apples and is packed with juicy flavor.  I love these because they are huge in size, but not in calories.  Honeycrisps are a dieter’s dream because you’re convincing your mind of eating a lot but you’re only taking in about 120 calories!

Knowledge is power!  Learn fun facts, hints and tips, and creative ways to use every day items with “The Buzz” posts on Thursday.

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