9 Dietitian-Approved Snacks to Stash inside your Desk Drawer

 

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ROASTED EDAMAME. Searching for protein-rich snacks that can stay in your desk drawer can sometimes feel like searching for a unicorn. Roasted edamame is a phenomenal choice for a workday snack thanks to its mega protein and fiber. Just a half-cup provides around 15 grams of protein and 4.

But if you remember to leave a stash of super healthy desk snacks in a drawer, you’ll save money while boosting your energy levels, focus, and productivity during the 9. Okay so we’re aware that simply cracking open a tin of corn at your desk and hoeing in might attract some weird looks, but in reality this long-life staple can add a whole new dimension to your lunches or afternoon snacks. Use it to spice up salads, have it on crackers or mix with a low-fat mayonnaise to quell your. A handful of the crisp-chewy nibbles is a great way to satisfy candy cravings — no dehydrator required. (via Thriving on Paleo) 9. DIY Microwave Popcorn: Stash a few brown paper bags and a jarful of kernels in your desk as a healthy upgrade to the usual prepackaged microwave popcorn. (via Bless This Mess) 10. Fruit is a perfect snack: sweet, vitamin-rich and oh-so healthy.

If you don’t keep a fresh stash at your desk, reach for a jam-filled energy bar ($6 for 12 bars). These plant-based bars are made with real fruit, never high fructose corn syrup. They’re a good option for people who can’t have nuts.

‘ Protein balls ‘ are a great option to stash in your desk drawer since they don’t require a lot of prep, says Kristin Kirkpatrick, wellness manager at the Cleveland Clinic Wellness Institute. Dried fruit, such as apricots, raisins and cherries are perfect for a desk snack. Pack from home or bring the whole bag in to your desk. Just remember, since dried fruit is concentrated, the portion size is smaller than fresh fruit. Typically 1/4 cup of dried fruit is a serving.

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. 9. Cereal. This is another great thing to keep at the office — either to keep a high-fiber cereal to mix into yogurt and oatmeal, like Fiber One — or to keep a favorite cereal from college or childhood, like Cap’n Crunch. Steal some milk from the fridge intended for coffee, and you’ve got a.

Tuck a packet of instant oatmeal packets in your desk drawer so you can add hot water and enjoy. Oatmeal is full of soluble fiber, which boosts heart health and takes a long time to digest, so you won’t need to munch again before lunch.

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Some healthy, low-fat, easily packable snacks include raisins, trail mix, nuts, energy bars (check for the low-fat, low-calorie variety), apples, bananas, and many other fruits.

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Keep healthful snacks at work in case of late or busy workdays: mini-cans of water-packed tuna, instant oatmeal or couscous, dried fruitorsingle-serve fruit cups, whole-wheat crackers, snack-size cereal boxes, boxes of raisins, soy nuts, plain microwave popcorn, fat-free whole-grain granola or cereal bars.

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PRACTITIONER: Some of my clients have found it easiest to keep nonperishable foods in their lockers like granola bars or trail mix.

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Our list includes almonds, peanuts, and walnuts; bags of prechopped fruits and veggies; dried fruit (apricots, cranberries); and edamame (soybeans—look for microwavable bags in the frozen food section).

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Post the list on the fridge, if you want a daily reminder, or keep a list in a journal on your desk.

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These snacks can be made and stored in the refrigerator for easy accessibility.

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Our list of foods that you can reach for when you’re hungry include any of the above foods as well as a handful of almonds, peanuts, or walnuts; bags of store-bought, prechopped fruits and veggies; dried fruit (apricots, cranberries); and edamame (soybeans—look for microwave bags in the frozen food section).

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These are all foods you can keep in the office fridge, or in your desk.

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The key, of course, is to snack wisely, which is why I’ve provided some wholesome snack suggestions here, plus more in the menu plans starting on page 161.

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I keep snacks in my underwear drawer and my top desk drawer, usually graham stick packs, snack-size potato chip bags, and chocolate pudding cups.

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Alexia Lewis RD

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  • hangry! all the time. haha
    i drink SO much tea! I have so many in my desk drawer. 
    I HAVE THOSE APPLE CHIPS IN MY DESK DRAWER RIGHT NOW!!!!:) 
    I’m gonna try those white chocolate peanut butter cups. 

  • This will be me in 10 years! I already dedicated one of my top shelves to snacks and I would love to have a snack drawer for the house and guests.

  • I love your ability to organize so well, it’s a mindset as well as stopping yourself from getting frustrated when you’re looking for something when that time arises. Needless to say, I’m at that frustrated stage. Not to blame anyone else in the house… however when I do make an effort to organize anything which I’m sure that it’s very clear that I’m in the process of doing so, or you have actually finished that project. Not everyone in the house has the same thought of mind which turns it back into a mess. I’m getting there slowly one step at a time, not to worry.

  • Now, I don’t feel bad I have a partner who has draw confusion. I guess we all are.Love those clear bins I have to get some, thx Kwan.thx you for Sharing. Peace and Love. ������������

  • Hi Alejandra thanks for your many helpful videos. You have a lot of common sense! I have 2 questions for you: where did you get your label maker? where did you get your zippered clear envelopes like you use for bills?

  • #RoadTo100K…if you have not subscribed, abeg abeg join this sweet family. Ma Kwankyewaa is very lovely….share and invite everyone…

  • Great job,Alejandra,i’m cleaning my room during the last 2-3 weeks i have left of school holidays. I have done 1 of my three drawers today with the same method as you except, I made 18 origami boxes,rectangular and square

  • Amazing! ���� good job! I’m now motivated to go and organize my “shame” drawer �� I love your videos and your energy! Thanks for sharing!

  • Remove all the labels and wash the containers in bleach water and soap before putting food in them. Those containers has had hands all over them in the store. Then you put them in a dirty shopping cart. Then the cashier handle them with his/her dirty hands, etc. etc.. You took them right out the HomeGoods bag and placed with in the drawer with the price tags and labels on them. Shows you didn’t make ANY effort to wash them first. NASTY.

  • About the coupon binder you said “Half the time it’s in the draw, half the time it’s in the car and half the time it’s in my purse” but sorry that technology makes no sense you can’t have 3 half’s just saying. nice video though