Guilt-Free Snacks for Your Desk


Even if you make an effort to eat a healthy breakfast and lunch, the daytime snacking you do at your desk can sabotage your effort to stay healthy. If you’re strapped for time, you may instinctively go for something quick like the vending machine or leftover stale donuts.

When I taught, I made an effort to keep healthy snacks in my desk and always pack my lunch. On days that I was short on time or low on groceries, I found myself wandering the halls on break sniffing out the nearest junkie treat. Our wonderful cafeteria manager who took great care of the staff would always make coffee and cookies after lunch. They lured me in if I didn’t have something healthy close by.

It’s so much easier to say no thanks to sugary treats or office takeout runs if you have the right tools at your side. I put together this list of my favorite snacks to keep at my desk to help push me through the afternoon on busy days.



Popcorn with almonds

Fruit and cheese

Non-fat Greek yogurt with chia seeds and berries

Celery with almond butter

Bell peppers and hummus

Cottage cheese and melon

Sliced turkey and crackers

Bananas with peanut butter

String cheese with apples

Apples with PB dip

Tuna with sliced tomato and cucumber

Grape tomatoes with tzatziki dip

Fruit salad with apples, oranges, grapes, and sunflower seeds

Beef jerky

Unsweetened apple sauce

Rice cakes with cashew butter and jam

No-Mayo deviled eggs


Oatmeal with walnuts

Guacamole and homemade veggie chips


Next time you head to the store, add some of these high energy, low calorie snack ideas to your list. At the beginning of your workweek, bring enough for each day so that you avoid getting through your afternoon slump but heading for those sugary, high calorie snacks found around the office.


What do you keep at your desk to give you a boost of energy midday? Share below!

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