Having healthy snacks for work on-hand at the office 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.
A solid snack should have some protein and fiber to keep you satisfied until your next meal.
Here are 10 snack options you can keep right at your desk—no jockeying for fridge space or dealing with thieving coworkers. These picks will make your snack drawer the office MVP.
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.
Gone are the days when jerky was reserved for camping. This portable snack is a major protein boost (just make sure you pick one that’s not loaded with sodium)
Make easy air-popped popcorn at the office by adding 1/4 cup of popcorn kernels to a microwave-safe bowl, then covering with a microwave-safe plate and popping it in for 2 minutes and 45 seconds, according to LifeHacker. Stash seasonings like cinnamon, red pepper flakes, cumin, turmeric, or dried rosemary in your drawer to add flavor. (You can also make it ahead at home if you don't have a microwave available.)
If you’re stuck at your desk for lunch, personal-sized tuna packets and cans are a great stand-in snack to help hold you over. They’re filled with protein and healthy omega 3s. Try to find one with 300mg of sodium or less, and opt for water-packed tuna (or one that doesn’t need draining at all).
You can DIY these crunchy snacks or buy ‘em pre-made, but either way, they’re a great room temp stand-in for your beloved hummus, and they still pack a protein punch. And there are a bunch of great roasted chickpea recipes out there, so check them out.
The nice thing about energy balls is that you can make them yourself with ingredients you might already have in your pantry. And there are tons of recipes around the web that are delicious and exciting, like these protein bliss balls which are made from dates, walnuts, cocoa powder, and a bit of espresso.
Something that a lot of people don't automatically realize is that baked goods like muffins will stay good-to-eat for about a week as long as you keep them in an airtight container—no need for a refrigerator! Veggie-packed muffins are a great way to sneak some veggies into your diet and also eat a muffin. Meal prep a big batch at the beginning of the week so you have some to snack on all week long
If you love a little heat here and there, keep wasabi peas at your desk at all times. They're crispy, crunchy, and fiery, and they're a great way to add a bit of texture and spice to a salad or a soup. Not to mention, peas are full of fiber!
Fruit leather is another great, shelf-stable, dried snack to keep at your desk at all times. It's sweet and chewy, but packed with natural fiber from the fruits its made with. Eat one with a handful of nuts or seeds for a snack that'll keep you from getting hungry before lunch.
Rice cakes may be famously flavorless on their own, but they're the perfect vessel to top with almost any kind of spread. Want something sweet? Smear a bit of nut butter and honey onto one of them. Or, try them topped with guacamole or hummus for a quick, savory treat.