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10 Must-Have Treats for Your Office Snack Drawer

When hunger strikes outside of meal time, a well-stocked snack drawer can save the day.

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Closeup shot from above of a young businesswoman sitting at her desk and using graphic board while having a healthy snack.mastermilmar/Shutterstock

I think of it as “Hangry Hour,” that mid-afternoon slump when lunch has worn off but dinner’s still distant, and you need a little boost to carry you to the end of the day. Why settle for the overpriced, stale snacks in the vending machine? Stock a snack drawer with these top-rated, pick-me-up munchies.

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Vegetable Chips

If you’re craving something savory, you can’t go wrong with a bag of chips. These Terra chips ($45 for 12 bags) are a healthy alternative to classic potato. Made from extra-thin slices of root vegetables—think sweet potato, parsnip and yuca—and sprinkled with sea salt, the chips taste as good as potato but have more vitamins. The chips are also gluten-free, vegan, kosher and cholesterol-free. (Try these other kosher snacks.)

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Check out these sneaky ways to eat more veggies.

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Roasted Nuts

Nuts are a no-brainer high-protein snack. Planters honey roasted cashews ($34 for 12 snack packs) are made with real honey and contain no trans fats or cholesterol.

These homemade snacks pack a major protein punch.

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Pizza-Inspired Bites

Inspired by pizza but with a healthy twist, these Shrewd Food Brickoven Pizza Protein Chips ($15 for 8 mini bags) pack 14 grams of protein per serving. Real cheese and Italian seasonings call to mind a mouth-watering pie, yet the chips are low-carb, gluten-free, soy-free, egg-free and nut-free.

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Love pizza? Try our restaurant copycat pizza recipes.

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Classic Cookies

Sometimes, you just want something like grandma used to make. Big, chewy, soft and delicious, Grandma’s Oatmeal Raisin Cookies ($22 for 60 cookies) aren’t particularly healthy, but they are completely nostalgic—and sometimes you just need a cookie.

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Popcorn, No Microwave Needed

As much as we love popcorn (and we really love popcorn), microwave popcorn has a tendency to scorch in office microwaves, and the smell can linger for days. Spare your coworkers and munch on Popcornopolis’s Nearly Naked Popcorn bags ($25 for 24 mini bags) instead.

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Salt 'n' Vinegar Savoriesvia

Salt ‘n’ Vinegar Savories

Nothing compares to the tangy-salty-mouth-watering flavor of salt ‘n’ vinegar. These Blue Diamond almonds ($21 for 24 snack pouches) nail the flavor and keep you fuller longer than a potato chip, thanks to higher protein and fiber content.

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A Wild-Card Snack

If gobbling beans at your desk doesn’t sound tempting, you might want to reconsider. Crunchy fava beans ($29 for 24 mini bags), roasted in flavors like Sriracha and mesquite, are naturally healthy: high protein and fiber, gluten-free and vegan, and have fewer calories than nuts.

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Fruit-Filled Bites

Fruit is a perfect snack: sweet, vitamin-rich and oh-so healthy. If you don’t keep a fresh stash at your desk, reach for a jam-filled energy bar ($6 for 12 bars). These plant-based bars are made with real fruit, never high fructose corn syrup. They’re a good option for people who can’t have nuts.

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Our favorite nut-free recipes are kid-approved.

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Jerky, Obviously

You knew we had to include jerky, right? Rich and savory beef jerky is a great snack choice for those following a paleo or keto diet, not to mention it’s often gluten-free. This grass-fed variety ($18 for 6 packs) is also sugar-free, soy-free, antibiotic-free and nitrate-free.

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Curious about a keto diet? Learn more about it.

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Sometimes, only chocolate will do. While I’m known to dig straight into a bag of chocolate chips, this Brownie Brittle ($18 for 6 bags), is more office appropriate. Inspired by the crispy edges of a pan of brownies, the treat is decadent but not overly indulgent at 120 calories per bag.

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These dark chocolate recipes are a feast for the eyes, too.

Kelsey Rae Dimberg
A former in-house editor at Taste of Home, Kelsey now writes articles and novels from her home in Milwaukee. She's an avid cook, reader, flâneur, and noir fanatic. Her debut novel, Girl in the Rearview Mirror, will be published in June 2019 by William Morrow.