10 Balanced Snacks to Keep at Work

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You can’t always predict when you’ll be hungry. Some days, you might need a snack or two to power you through your workday. Other days, your body may be fine sticking to 3 meals a day. With this in mind, how can you make sure you have a nutritious option to reach for when you’re in need of an energy boost? Your workplace may have vending machine or breakroom snacks that you can grab, but these options might not be the type of foods that’ll help you feel good as you power through the rest of your day.

You can be prepared for when hunger hits by keeping nutritious, shelf-stable snacks at your workspace. Foods like nuts, dried fruit, freeze dried vegetables, and fruit and nut bars don’t require refrigeration and typically have an extended shelf life, making them great options to store in a desk drawer or cabinet. These snacks will be just as convenient and accessible as those in the vending machines or breakroom, and they’ll make it easy to choose healthy options when you’re hungry!

Would this strategy be helpful for you? Here are 10 balanced, shelf-stable snack ideas that can be kept at your desk! These snack pairings contain a satisfying combination of protein, healthy fats, and complex carbohydrates that provides lasting energy and helps you stay full for longer.


  1. Whole grain crackers, rice cakes, or dried apple slices with a spoonful of nut butter
  2. Freeze dried vegetables (like TJ’s Crispy, Crunchy Broccoli and Okra) with a handful of sunflower seeds
  3. Single serve packet of plain instant oatmeal with a spoonful of nut butter and a sprinkle of dried fruit
  4. Shelf-stable, single-serving hummus cups (like Wild Garden or Veggicopia) with whole grain pita chips
  5. Freeze-dried fruit or a fruit cup (packed in juice) with a handful of nuts
  6. Crunchy, roasted chickpeas (like Biena or The Good Bean)
  7. A handful of homemade trail mix (made from whole grain cereal, nuts, dried fruit, and dark chocolate chips, if desired)
  8. A fruit and nut bar (like Larabar or R Bar, or my PB&J Fruit and Nut Bars)
  9. A whole food protein bar (like a Health Warrior bar or RX Bar, if eggs are a part of your diet)
  10. Whole grain cereal cup with a single-serve, shelf-stable soy milk container

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