20 Healthy snacks for Work or School that you can keep at your desk
”All hail the snack drawer”
Having healthy snacks for work on-hand at the office, at school or when you’re out of the house, is key for staying fueled and focused when you need it most. Whether you’re in the middle of a big project or you’re chained to your desk with a looming deadline, they’ll help keep your energy up and your blood sugar stable during an afternoon slump!
Game, set, match, stale donuts in the break room. A solid snack should have some protein and fiber to keep you satisfied until your next meal.
Here are 20 snack options you can keep right at your desk—no jockeying for fridge space or dealing with thieves. These picks will make your snack drawer the place to be!
“Seeds are a source of protein, and they’re easy to store, quiet, and not messy,” says Kohn. They’re great by themselves, and even better when you put them on top of things like toast, yogurt, or oatmeal. Her favorites are pumpkin seeds and [sunflower seeds], but chia seeds and hemp seeds are great options, too.
(2) Plain Oatmeal Packets
Oatmeal isn’t just for breakfast—stash it in your drawer for a hearty snack, too. “Packets of instant, plain oatmeal microwaved with water in a mug and sprinkled with cinnamon is a great cold-weather snack when you want something warm and filling,” Just make sure you choose an unflavored option, as many others are loaded with extra sugars. You can also store a full canister of quick oats at your desk.
(3) Raw Nuts
Raw nuts are another great desk snack option because they’re shelf stable and, “they deliver a great protein and fat combo,” I love almonds and cashews, but everything from pistachios with the shell on to walnuts or pecans are great for snacking on. And if you keep a packet of oatmeal at your desk, they’re great for adding to that, too.
(4) Dried Fruit
Dried fruit can satisfy that mid-afternoon sweet tooth while tiding you over with filling fiber. I go for a few pieces of dried apricots or dates paired with raw nuts for a dose of healthy fat, too. Pair them with a handful of dried nuts or seeds for a balanced snack.
(5) Nut Butter
Nut butters like peanut butter and almond butter are tasty, versatile desk snacks—I likes pairing it with an apple or banana. (Or, if you’re anything like me, eating it straight from the jar). When it comes to which nut butter you should choose, I’d day the general rule of thumb is the fewer ingredients, the better.
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