Meet the Sullivans: Avoiding The Vending Machine

March 25, 2015

Avoiding The Vending Machine

Disclosure: This post was sponsored by KFC through their partnership with POPSUGAR Select. While I was compensated to write a post about KFC Popcorn Nuggets, all opinions are my own.”

Our family loves to be on the go! It is rare on the weekend that we spend much time at home, we're usually out enjoying time with friends, family or crossing new adventures off our "must do" list.

One of our favorite parts of our weekend is our routine on Monday mornings when Keith is home with us.

We have coffee and breakfast together at home before heading out for a morning at our fitness center. Keith and I get to workout together for about an hour while Owen enjoys playing with the other children in the childcare center. We almost always follow-up our workouts with some family time in the pool.

This all works out great for us because everyone gets a little fun and some exercise while we also get to spend time together. It's a win-win routine for everyone!

We love this time together and it's a healthy habit for all of us... of course until we're on our way out of the gym, because we have to walk past the dreaded vending machines. There's no avoiding it. It is literally a trap since we’re all feeling tired, and hungry because lunch time is upon us.

That dreaded vending machine and its sugary treats draw our boy in. He loves depositing the money, pushing the buttons, choosing some cookies and watching the cookies drop down into his possession. And of course Keith and I like all those things too, but we're old enough to know that those snacks will do nothing to satisfy our hunger, or sustain us until lunch. Those snacks have tons of sugar, little to no protein and who knows how long they've been in that packaging!
I've struggled with how to remedy this situation for weeks, so after a little planning and strategizing I decided to start packing a substantial snack for Owen, one that I know he'll love to nosh on as we venture home and that will easily surpass the temptations of the vending machine.

Sometimes it's a sandwich I've packed from home or a variety of healthy snacks, and sometimes it's a treat we pick up on the way, like KFC's all white meat Popcorn Nuggets. I do this when I feel like making the quick on-the-go lunch a little bit of a special treat for him -- and for me because I don't have to think ahead or pack much! The Go Cup® is the perfect amount for a preschooler, so that's what we've picked up for him on occasion, and the cup is easy for him to hold while we drive in the car. 

We love these Popcorn Nuggets for saving us from a vending machine lunch and habit week after week!

KFC Popcorn Nuggets are 100% white meat, extra crispy, and made from the world’s best chicken (never pressed or formed) -- the way nuggets should be.  They're even hard for me to resist, and I'm going to be completely honest here and tell you they're delicious! It's been hard trying to serve Owen the dinosaur shaped nuggets we have at home since he tried the crispy crunch of the Popcorn Nuggets!

In addition to the nuggets I make sure to pack some of his other healthy favorites and a water bottle full of cold water. We always feel a bit dehydrated after a long swim in the pool.

What kinds of snacks do you pack for your kids to avoid the temptation of vending machines?


April of A. Liz Adventures said...

Um, YUM! The perfect size!

Julie said...

We haven't tried these, but they look yummy! And Owen is too cute for words!

Heather said...

I'd love to try these! Look how cute he is. I love working out with my husband. :)

Sarita G said...

Now I feel like KFC!

Courtney Sweet said...

Much better than the vending machine

Natasha said...

I want this for MY snack!!!

Sara McCarty said...

Love this! I wish we had a KFC close by - Mac is a chicken nugget fool!

Laureen D said...

Mmmm. What a fun routine/day with family time at the gym/pool!!

Kristy said...

How fun! :) And now I want KFC! Lol.