Healthier Vending Calculator

Choose a food or beverage category from the drop down menu and fill in the numbers for each of the nutrition facts from your snack label to see if you’re choosing the right snack.

Green items are the healthiest & provide a healthful portion of fruit, vegetable, dairy, protein, or whole grain.

Yellow items have added sodium and calories and should be eaten occasionally.

Red items are the least healthy and should be consumed sparingly.

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Beverages should contain less than 40 total calories per item.

Beverages should contain less than 40 total calories per 8 ounces.

To be graded Green, beverages should be plain or carbonated water.

To be graded Green, snack items should contain 200 total calories or less per item.

Snack items should contain 250 or less total calories per item.

Less than 11% of a snack’s calories should come from saturated fat (exluding nuts and seeds without added fats or oils).

To be graded Green, milk should be 2%, 1% or fat-free.

To be graded Green, milk should be unflavored.

To be graded Green, dairy should be 2%, 1% or fat-free.

Snack items should contain zero trans fat (≤ 0.5 grams per serving).

To be graded Green, snack items should contain 230 mg sodium or less per serving.

To be graded Green, 100% fruit or vegetable juice should contain 230 mg sodium or less per serving.

Snack items should contain 480 mg sodium or less per serving.

Snack items should contain less than 36% sugar by weight.

To be graded Green, 100% fruit or vegetable juice should be 12 oz. or less.

To meet the Green standards, the first ingredient of a grain product should be a whole grain.

To meet the Green standards, the first ingredient of a granola product should be a whole grain, nut or seed.

To meet the Green standards, fruit cups should be packed in 100% juice or water.

To meet the Green standards, nuts and seeds should have no added fats or oils.