5 Foods That Should Always Be in Your Desk Drawer

When the hunger pangs strike in the middle of your busy work day, don’t run to the nearest vending machine. Stock your desk with these healthy picks.
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When hunger pangs strike in the middle of a busy work day, don't run to the nearest vending machine. Stock your desk with these healthy picks.

#1: Homemade Trail Mix

Make your own crunchy concoction by combining dried fruit, whole-grain pretzels, nuts and dark chocolate chips. Calories typically average about 175 per ¼ cup but the calories are coming from good-quality ingredients. You can keep portions in check by measuring out ¼ cup and packing into individual bags ahead of time.

#2: Snack Bar

Typically made with a combo of whole grains, nuts, seeds and dried fruit, snack bars are good to grab in-between meals to curb hunger. Look for bars that contain no more than 200 calories each.

#3: Freeze-Dried Fruit

Freeze-dried fruits are becoming very popular and offer a convenient way to snack on a variety of fruits. Among the popular brands:

#4: Popcorn

This whole-grain snack has 35 calories per freshly popped cup. Flavor it simply with spices and kosher salt or try one of the recipes below. Portion out 2 to 3 cups of popcorn into individual snack bags.

Recipes to try:
#5: Nut Butters

Squeeze or spoon peanut or almond butter on whole-grain crackers or fresh fruit for a satisfying protein filled snack. Here are a few to try:

Toby Amidor, MS, RD, CDN, is a registered dietitian and consultant who specializes in food safety and culinary nutrition. She is the author of The Greek Yogurt Kitchen: More Than 130 Delicious, Healthy Recipes for Every Meal of the Day. See Toby's full bio »

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