Potato chips, honey-roasted peanuts, those addictive chocolate-covered pretzels… Unhealthy snacks are the norm in most office settings, and the temptation is real—especially on those days when you’re too busy to eat a proper lunch. In an effort to reclaim health habits (and, uh, self-control), we’ve listed the best guilt-free snacks to keep in your desk drawer. *Adds to grocery list*
Full of healthy fats and protein, almonds deliver quality nutrients, plus they have a pretty hefty shelf life. We recommend buying pre-portioned bags in their most natural form (raw) or lightly salted.
Cans of V8
Struggling to find a snack that is actually satisfying? Just reach for a 5.5-ounce can of V8 vegetable juice. It’s a surprisingly filling snack to stash at your cubicle, plus it has a good dose of vitamins A and C. Pro tip: Enjoy it over ice. It’s safer than leaving it up for grabs in the office refrigerator.
Instant Oatmeal Packets
The plain kind, of course. Oatmeal is a great option when you’re craving something a little heartier. Better yet, all you need is a mug and hot water (and maybe a sprinkle of cinnamon on top).
You can’t go wrong with almond butter and bananas or apples. Heck, you can even eat a scoop right out of the jar. (Don’t @ us.) Nut butters are packed with protein, in addition to those healthy fats that will keep you satiated for a few hours.
One sheet of seaweed is packed with nutrients. It’s a great source of vitamins and minerals, in addition to fiber, omega-3 fatty acids and antioxidants. Seaweed also comes in a variety of flavors, so you’ll never get bored of the taste.
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If it’s that salty, crunchy, chip-like snack you’re after, then air-popped popcorn is your best option. To make some in the office, add ¼ cup plain popcorn kernels to a microwave-safe bowl, cover with a microwave-safe plate (you can also use a brown paper bag) and microwave on high power for about four minutes, until the popping slows to three seconds between pops. Add a little salt and you’re good to go.