I was at the mall with the kids when I noticed a different looking vending machine located outside DSW. It was interesting enough to distract me from all those wonderful shoes for a moment. I had to stop and check it out.
The first thing I noticed was that it said "Healthy Snacks" and "Healthy Drinks" on the side, and it was designed to look like a farm stand. Finally, a vending machine not filled with candy, cookies, and soda.
The first item I noticed was the Pirate's Booty. Linus is a big fan. We always have some in the house. He likes the veggie puffs better than the puffs marketed exclusively for babies. Then, I noticed the Snikiddy snacks. Those have always been a big hit with my little ones. There were those cool squeezy applesauce pouches too, as well as Luna bars.
I had to get home and research the company that founded these vending machines and send them a big note of thanks. My kids are always pining for a snack from the vending machine. Usually, I have something packed in the baby bag. For those times when we are running low on Pirate's Booty or I forget to throw a cereal bar in my bag, I know I can always count of this vending machine to deliver a healthy snack. Hopefully, I will see more and more of these vending machines on my travels around town.
HUMAN Healthy Vending is the world's first 100% healthy vending solution. HUMAN Everywhere is the charity offshoot of the organization, donating 10% of their profits to charities that fight the causes of obesity. Not only are they offering healthy snacking options, but they are dedicated to educating children about the dangers of obesity and obesity related illnesses. There is even a superhero, Captain HUMAN, who serves as their mascot. Captain HUMAN's mission is to make healthy food as appealing and accessible as junk food. Captain HUMAN fights ALIENS, which Attack Life as Infectious Enemies of Nutrition. Does that mean I can tell the kids that junk food is only for aliens? There is also a program which provides hands-on learning in entrepreneurship for where they place a HUMAN vending machine on school grounds under the ownership of a student team.
Have you seen any of these healthy vending machines in your neighborhood?
To learn more about them, check out their website at http://healthyvending.com/.