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The Jar - Healthy Vending Choices: Empty Calories

Updated: Nov 18, 2020

Which out of the following is more unfair:

a) Pastries are high-calorie gluten foods (made in heaven)

b) Regular can of soda contains about 9 teaspoons of sugar

c) A caramel latte from a coffee shop is an instant 1/3 of your daily calorie norm

d) A glass of wine accompanying your dinner adds up about 150 calories

In other words, why everything that tastes good forces you to spend hours in the gym or to commit to longer intermittent fasts? Just imagine, a few sips of pure liquid (like wine) can be equal in the amount of calories to the whole PRESS Raspberry and Cashew Snack. How could that be?!

If you want to blame anything or anyone at this point - attention on empty calories, the responsible ones for labelling food unhealthy and fattening.

Now, you have two options:

Scroll down to check out The Jar Healthy Vending alternative options for the most common empty calorie sources.

Keep reading to become a little more nutrition-savvy and learn how to avoid empty calories, like, for life.

Good choice, we are proud of you. We talk so much about calories but do we actually have an understanding of what stands behind it? It's real simple - calories are units representing the ability of food to be converted by the body into energy.

Everything contains calories, even liquids (actually, especially liquids). While some foods give as quality calories and nutrient-dense sets of vitamins, minerals and antioxidants - others provide nothing but refined sugar. In such a case, when food contains only primarily calories, and little else of value to our health, we say that food has empty calories.

An empty calorie does actually supply energy, but as you might guess, it’s not nutritionally balanced. If you’re trying to maintain or lose weight, these foods will definitely be on the way.

Most empty calorie foods are highly processed and contain added fat and sugar, hence it's only fair to suggest that they also make up most of the long shelf life foods and drinks sold in vending machines (but never, ever in The Jar!). The most common examples include everything that is so hard to resist: cakes, biscuits, pastries, shop-bought desserts, sweetened fruit drinks, ice cream, sodas and so on.

Looking for a healthier substitute of empty calories? The Jar Healthy Vending team with our never-ending search for better choices offers a selection for breakfast, midday snack and an energising drink alternatives - the most common sources of empty calorie intake.


What's the most common fast breakfast choice? Cereal with milk. Coincidentally, the most common source of empty calories - little nutritious value and a lot of sugar.

Well, The Jar has an amazing alternative which is no less delicious and has crunchy cocoa nibs in it too - Pollen + Grace Breakfast Pot with Chocolate and Raspberry. Super nutritious and completely guilt-free.

Healthy Vending in London, UK.


The Jar covered all the reasons why the regular coke is not the healthiest choice in the last week's post. And also reminded, that we have a practically undistinguishable substitute - Karma Cola to satisfy this unhealthy craving in a healthier way.

Now - sodas - usually also one of the first things that comes to mind when the inner battery is running low. Coffee, soda or - much worse - an energy drink. Yes, the latter can significantly change the colours of the midday boredom and clear out the thinking for a while - however, why choose the empty calories when you can go for healthy ones instead. Swap the energy soda to DRGN energy drink to avoid wasting money, health and nutrients!

Healthy Vending in London, UK.


The hardest time to watch over your diet? The times when you are hungry. When the stomach is rumbling, anything goes. Hence, it's the most important time to keep a healthy all natural snack nearby to avoid empty nutrient-drained stuff.

At the first glance, granola bar seems like a healthy choice...Look closer, and it's yet another empty calorie bomb with lots of sugar. Choose wise and go for PRESS Cacao and Matcha energy bar with rice syrup instead of sugar and a lot of superfoods to keep you full and productive.

Healthy Vending in London, UK.

Stay nutrition-savvy with The Jar Healthy Vending!

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