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8 Super Healthy Snacks to Stash in Your Desk at Work
It’s 3PM on a workday and you know what’s coming. A major snack attack is about to hit you and what do you have to fight it off? You start rummaging through your desk and what do you find? A box of Tic Tac’s, a half a pack of sugarless gum, and one cough drop glued to the bottom of the drawer. Now if you head out to the lunch room you know you are going to deal with the vending machines and the cupcakes that Kathy in Payroll brought in, you know the leftovers from her daughter’s birthday party.
Sound familiar? The key to getting out of the above situation is to never get into it in the first place. Prepare in advance and you can have some pretty juicy snacks squirreled away in your desk, waiting for that 3 o’clock snack break.
Take a look at our list of the top 8 snacks you can store in your desk and never have to face a co-workers chocolate chip cookies ever again.
1. Peanut Butter (or Almond Butter) on Rye Crackers
This is a great combination of fiber, carbs, fat, and protein. Peanut butter may be high in fat, but it’s the good kind (unsaturated). It’s a good source of protein and that makes it a good option for vegans.
Rye crackers, or crisp breads, are both low in salt and high in fiber. You get the crunch you want, with the flavor you need. Keep a small jar of peanut butter, or almond butter if you prefer, along with a box of rye crackers in your desk and you are good to go.
One of the best snacks ever! Nuts can satisfy you as well as keep you feeling full until dinner.
Although they are not super low calorie, they are full of those good fats as well as fiber.
If you watch your portions, nuts can be a god-send when you feel like heading to the ol’ vending machine.
3. Roasted Chickpeas
Chickpeas are a great crunchy snack that is super healthy.
The trick is to make them in advance and store them in zip lock bags so you can have them on hand at your desk when you want them. Roasted chickpeas are something like chips; they have a salty crunch to them that really satisfies.
Drain a can of chickpeas, then toss with a bit of olive oil and the seasoning of your choice, bake on a lined cookie sheet at 400 degrees for about 40 minutes.
These are a super yummy, super healthy, super snack!
4. Almonds and Dried Apricots
Almonds are high in protein, vitamin E, as well as being an excellent source of magnesium.
Dried apricots are loaded with carotenes, which can lower your risk of various cancers (Find out more how to make your home a cancer-free zone). You should note that dried apricots have much more nutrition than when they are fresh!
Now dried fruit can be high in calories so watch your portions. 25 almonds combined with 8 dried apricots are about 250 calories.
Wrap a couple almonds inside a dried apricot and, Ta Da! Instant, yummy snack!
5. Hardboiled Eggs
These are a delicious snack that many people don’t think about.
This is another healthy snack that should be made in advance.
Boil a dozen or so on Sunday afternoon and you will have some great protein rich snacks that are low in calories for the next work week. See more 10 super healthy snack yu should have at hand.
This is a great whole grain snack that that really satisfies midday.
Keep it healthy by making it yourself at home the night before with a touch of olive oil or butter.
You can keep several cups worth stashed in your desk drawer for those after lunch munchies and you’ll be smiling the whole time, knowing you beat the vending machine at its own game.
7. String Cheese
One of the great things about string cheese is that it comes in its own little portion controlled container, so there’s one less thing to think about.
It also doesn’t need to be refrigerated so you can keep it in your desk drawer, right next to your pens and pencils.
Add a piece of fruit to your string cheese and you really have a super snack that will hold you until dinner.
Sometimes a sugar craving hits us hard in the afternoon. A co-worker brings in a leftover coffeecake and at 10AM it’s easy to say no but come 3PM, it’s starting to look awfully good.
This is where dates can really help you out. Some people have called them nature’s candy because they are so satisfyingly sweet.
A handful of dates can really help curb a sugar craving in a healthy, natural way, and they won’t make you crash a few hours later. Read also how to stop there food cravings.
Store some in a small, plastic container to keep them fresh and on hand when you really need them.