Healthy Snacks to Keep in Your Desk Drawer
These packaged bars, bites, mixes, and other treats are made with healthy ingredients (like coconut oil, almond butter, dark chocolate, and seeds), and they're all available in Canada.
To address those 4 PM hunger nags, we tend to favour fresh snacks—like carrots and hummus, sliced apple and cinnamon, or celery and almond butter (or these homemade snacks). But sometimes, we just don't have time (read: we forget) to pack them. On those days, we're happy to have healthy options stocked in our desk drawers.
Below, our favourite packaged snacks that can be picked up from most Canadian health food stores or conveniently ordered online. They're great to have before a long commute home, to fuel up before a post-work workout, or when craving a midday pick-me-up.
"This tastes like a candy bar!" exclaims every person in our office who tries one. Mid-Day bars are made with all-good ingredients like roasted almonds, chocolate, almond butter, and hemp protein powder. But the real reason we love them (aside from the taste)? One square has 6 grams of protein and only 5 grams of sugar.
Mid-Day Squares Almond Crunch (12-pack), $46, middaysquares.com
Flavoured with red pepper, garlic and vinegar, or honey and salt, these tasty treats make a satisfying snack.
Wonderful Pistachios, $10, available at all major grocery stores.
Trail Mix Bites
Made with pistachios, pumpkin seeds, Himalayan salt, and a touch of sugar, these little clusters make a salty-sweet treat that's also filling.
President's Choice Nut Bites, $3.50, loblaws.ca
Canadian company Naked Snacks offers packages of mixed nuts, seeds, and dried fruit. They can be ordered in a set of five, 10, or 20, and delivered to your home (or office) every two weeks, once a month, or every two months. Our favourite packs include Rowdy Rosemary, Wholesome Yogi, and Aloha Kauai.
Naked Snacks, $32 CAD for 5 packs/month, nakedsnacks.ca
nomz offers delicious energy bites made with just a handful of ingredients, all of which are organic. Almonds, dates, cocoa, coconut oil, and sea salt make up the balls, and shavings of coconut, almonds, pistachios or hazelnuts offer a crunchy coating.
nomz Coconut Energy Bites, $3.79/pack of 2, well.ca
We already know that popcorn is a pretty healthy snack option, as far as packaged treats go. But LesserEvil's Avocado-Licious version is made with extra virgin avocado oil, which means it has the added health benefit of a good fat.
LesserEvil Buddha Bowl Popcorn Avocado-Licious, $5.79/bag, well.ca
Since there are so many proven health benefits of dark chocolate, we're all too happy to have a fair portion of it on the regular—like in these bites. Little Tucker offers energy balls in four different delicious flavours (like dark chocolate espresso), and they're made with all-good ingredients—like almond butter, gluten-free rolled oats, almonds, hemp seeds, chia seeds, and flax seeds.
Little Tucker Dark Chocolate Espresso Plant Powered Energy Balls, $39.99/case of 10, littletucker.ca
Almond Butter Cups
Chances are you're already addicted to Justin's peanut butter cups, thanks to Starbucks for keeping them stocked beside the cash. But, the cups also come in almond butter—a healthier version, which we prefer.
Justin's Almond Butter Cups, $3, available at Select Whole Foods locations
For those who miss their afterschool cookie plate, Sejoyia offers a healthier alternative. These chewy cookie bites taste like lemon pie and are made with good ingredients—like coconut, cashews, maple syrup, lemon juice, extra virgin olive oil, and natural vanilla.
Sejoyia Coco Rooms Chewy Cookie bites in lemon Pie, $13.99, amazon.ca
Chimes ginger chews deserve to be just a reach away, no matter where you are. They're a year-round desk staple, as they not only satisfy our cravings for something sweet but also soothe sore throats and help prevent coughing.
Chimes Ginger Chews in original, $4.29, amazon.ca
Next, check out the healthy teas you should also keep in your desk drawer.