Vending machines are an easy way to get snacks and drinks. They can also provide extra money for the schools in which they operate. However, most do not provide anything healthy. We, as a community, could change that.
Let’s look at different areas of interest for the kids. Is there a healthy way to promote good nutrition, even from vending machines? I think it
Beverages :. Soda pop is one of the favorite drinks of childhood. It is also loaded with sugar and other unsavory things, most do a poor choice. Fruit flavored drinks can be just as bad, but what about putting water, 100% real fruit juice and even milk machine? Yes, you want to change it regularly, but it would be much better solution
Snacks :. Potato and flavored Tortilla chips are often options available, but neither of them are particularly good nutrition wise, and they can cause weight gain. Even pretzels could be a problem. On the other hand, are now one in which packages of many vegetables. Celery and peanut butter would help, and carrots with salad dressing also a good choice. As drinks, they would need to change regularly, but the nutritional value is worth. Low fat or fat free cheese can be helpful. Baked chips and lightly salted nuts have a longer shelf life and would be ideal
Sweet Snacks :. Chocolate, cakes and other sweet treats can be very tempting, but they are not good options. Apples, berries, oranges and any other fresh fruit are wiser. In the store, they are already carrying single in apples with caramel.
These are some suggestions for changes, but it could be much more. I urge all parents to seek solutions, not just the ones I’ve mentioned, but find additions. If you find a vending machine that has healthy products, make note of them. You may also want to sit down and talk with your child’s school and / or school board. They can look into the matter from the side of authority and that will greatly increase your chances of success.
last My suggestion is that you teach your children how to make the right decisions when it comes to food. While schools should not ignore this issue, it is our job as parents to make sure our children know what to choose and why it is important.