Shifting the Balance
5:40 pm
Mon May 7, 2012

Can Healthy Food Make It As Snack Food?

You’re at the gym, working up a sweat, burning some calories, getting that metabolism in gear… and then the workout ends and you’re looking for quick refreshment. Grabbing a candy bar or a sugary soda from the vending machine can feel like you’re undoing all your exercise.

The simple solution to this problem is to swap out the unhealthy snacks with healthier fare – and that’s what the New Hampshire company Ecovending is offering. Push a button on an Ecovending machine, and you’ll get an all-natural energy bar or a bag of sweet potato fries – and voila, problem solved. Of course, it usually isn’t that simple. For our series Shifting the Balance, All Things Considered host Brady Carlson talked recently with Ecovending’s owner, Beth Finnigan, and she explained that convincing gyms, schools, hospitals and companies to move to healthier snacks often meets with resistance.

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