Travellers and YVR employees can now eat healthy at any time of the day with the help of five new vending machines.
The UpMeals SmartVending machines are the first to provide healthy options in Canadian airports, and they're responding to increasing demand for "more grab-n-go options for early morning and late-night travellers," reads YVR's media release.
Each machine is stocked with up to 30 different options, including individually-packaged and ready-to-eat salads, bowls, juices, healthy snacks and wraps. Meals are replenished daily and new menu items are available weekly based on popularity and ingredient seasonality.
One of the highlights is the YVR-exclusive "YVR Signature Bowl," which is B.C. smoked salmon, tomatoes, avocado, cucumber, nori and pickled ginger on steamed sushi rice with miso tamari dressing.
Other items on offer include:
- Sweet Chili Chicken Vermicelli Bowl
- West Coast Avo Crunch Salad
- Chicken Pesto Ciabatta Sandwich
- Mediterranean Chicken Wrap
- Tuna Tabbouleh Wrap
- Miso Soba Macro Bowl
- Zesty Buffalo Cauliflower Bowl
- Kale Chicken Caesar Salad
- Miso Maple Harvest Bowl
- Coconut Cashew Energy Bites
- Vegan and Gluten-Free Cookies
- Cold Pressed Juices
The machines are located post security at YVR, with three in domestic departures, one in U.S. departures and one in international departures.