February is a month in which we celebrate love, but it is also American Heart Month. Although we should be doing it throughout the year, it is a great reminder that we do need to be heart-healthy and mindful of what we are putting into our bodies. As a vendor, you should be mindful of what products you are making available in your vending machine.
In order to cater to consumers, you should be providing a variety of healthy and unhealthy products in your vending machine. Yes, that means if you have a machine filled with sweets, you may want to restructure in order to provide healthier snack products, such as hummus and granola bars. Providing a variety of products ensures that you are not only reaching more consumers, but it also means that you are promoting a healthy lifestyle.
Of course, just because something is consumed by drinking it instead of eating it, does not mean that it is any less unhealthy. That is why you should also make healthy beverages easily accessible for your consumers, if you have a drink or combo machine. Healthy drink options include water, seltzer water and flavored unsweetened water.
In order for snacks and drinks to be considered “heart-healthy” by the American Heart Association, snacks should have no more than 200 caolories per serving. It should also have no more than 240 milligrams of sodium, no more than 1 gram of saturated fat and no more than 0 grams of trans fat per serving.
With Vending.com, we have optional features to make displaying nutritional information easily accessible for the consumers. Consumers will have the ability to browse all product information, including all nutritional information.
Not all of your customers will want to indulge in healthy snacks or drinks, which is why it is important to have a variety of healthy and healthy snacks and beverages in your vending machine. Click here to learn more about vending machines for a healthier lifestyle or give us a call at 855-929-1085.