Food & Nutrition

9 Healthy Snacks You Should Always Keep in Your Desk Drawer

Resist the temptation of the vending machine.

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That dreaded mid-afternoon slump is here, bringing hunger pangs with it. You don’t want to leave your desk, but you need some fuel to keep your focus. Quit digging through your coworker’s candy bowl, and keep some healthy snacks for work on hand instead. These shelf-stable choices will satisfy your hunger without the guilt.


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No time for breakfast during your rush out the door? No problem. 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. Stay away from flavored varieties, which are loaded with added sugar and salt, and instead flavor a packet of plain oats with dried fruit or just a touch of honey. If you eat at home, try these 8 healthy breakfast hacks.
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Dried fruit

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Dried fruit gets a bad rap for being high in sugar, but it’s easy to find unsweetened brands that only contain sugar from the fruit itself. Keep in mind that fruit shrinks as it’s dried, so a serving is way smaller than the fresh produce would be—for instance, a single serving is just a small box of raisins, versus an entire cup of grapes. Such small servings make it easy to go overboard if you don’t portion out a serving before digging in, but that also means you can finish filling up on the satisfying fiber faster.

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