How to Store Healthy Snacks in Your Work Desk

The workday can be long, so even with a lunch break, you may find yourself hungry by the afternoon. Rather than going to the vending machine and snacking on potato chips and candy, keep some healthy snacks in your desk for times when you get hungry. Many healthy snacks, such as nuts, dried fruit, oatmeal, and peanut butter, can be stored easily in a desk drawer. Fruits, vegetables, cheese, and other perishable snacks, on the other hand, are a little trickier to store, so you'll need the right containers. To keep your snacks healthy, you should also practise portion control, which means dividing your foods into serving size packages so you always know how much you're eating.

Part 1 Creating a Drawer for Essentials and Packaged Snacks

1. Gather your silverware and eating utensils. It's a good idea to keep some cutlery in your desk drawer so you can eat a snack whenever the mood strikes. Plastic utensils work well for many foods, but if you prefer harder snacks that you usually cut, such as apples, you may want to include a sharp knife to facilitate cutting.
Most snacks can be eaten with your hands, but oatmeal and cereal may require a spoon. A butter knife is useful for spreading spreads on crackers and other items, as well as cutting soft items like cheese.

You might also want to keep some paper plates and napkins in your drawer.

2. Collect a few common seasonings. If you frequently use certain seasonings or spices on your snacks, keep them in your snack drawer as well. You could, for example, include a few packets of black pepper or a container of cinnamon to sprinkle over snacks.
If you like to eat salad as a snack, keep a bottle of olive oil or vinegar in your desk.

3. Include a jar of your preferred butter or spread. Peanut butter and other nut butters, such as almond or cashew butter, can be a healthy snack because they contain a lot of protein and fill you up quickly. The best part is that they can be stored at room temperature, so you can easily keep one in your desk drawer.
Choose a natural nut butter for the healthiest option. It will contain less sugar than highly processed versions.

Nut butter can be spread on crackers, rice cakes, and fruit slices, or eaten straight from the jar.

4. Add some crackers and rice cakes to the mix. As long as you keep crackers and rice cakes in airtight packaging, they can be stored in a desk drawer. They also go well with nut butters, hummus, and other nutritious spreads. Choose whole grain or vegetable-based crackers for the healthiest option, and unflavored rice cakes for the least amount of sugar and sodium.
Mini rice cakes are often the best option when trying to eat healthy because you can easily control your portion.

Instead of storing crackers and rice cakes in a sleeve or bag, divide them into portions ahead of time. This lowers your chances of eating more than one serving size at a time. Buy small packets or divide them yourself using plastic containers.

5. Toss in some instant oatmeal packets. Oatmeal is commonly thought of as a healthy breakfast, but it can also be a filling and healthy snack. Maintain a supply of plain, instant oatmeal with less sugar in your desk. You can make it in a mug and heat it in the office microwave.
If plain oatmeal seems too bland, sprinkle some cinnamon on top for flavour.
You can also add dried fruit and nuts to the oatmeal to make it more interesting.

6. Put some protein and granola bars in a drawer. Granola and protein bars can be a healthy, filling snack that you can easily store in your desk drawer. Just make sure to read the labels and choose bars made with whole foods like nuts, seeds, and dried fruit.
If you struggle with portion control, keep only enough granola or protein bars in your desk for the week. This may help you avoid overeating.

Part 2 Storing Fruit, Veggies, and Perishable Items

1. Purchase an insulated cooler. There is no way to safely store perishable healthy snacks like fruit, vegetables, and cheese in a desk drawer. Rather, invest in a small, insulated cooler that you can keep under or beside your desk to store your snacks.
Yogurt, hummus, and cottage cheese are some other perishable, healthy snacks to keep in a cooler.

Remember that coolers are only meant to keep items cold for a day or two at most. As a result, you won't be able to keep your snacks in it indefinitely. It is preferable to bring only enough perishable snacks for that day rather than trying to stock the cooler for the entire week.

It's a good idea to chill the cooler before filling it with snacks to ensure that they keep your snacks cold. You can chill it in the refrigerator if it fits. Alternatively, add some ice and leave it overnight.

Depending on your workplace, you might be able to bring in a mini fridge to share with coworkers. Any snacks stored inside should be labelled and dated.

2. Fill the cooler with cold packs. Ice is usually too messy to keep perishable snacks cold in your desk cooler all day. Instead, place some cold packs in the cooler to keep the food cool. The packs are filled with a water or refrigerant gel or liquid, and you simply freeze them overnight in your freezer so they're ready to go to work in the cooler the next morning.
If you don't have any cold packs, freeze a bottle or two of water overnight in your freezer. Toss them in the cooler to keep your snacks cool all day.

3. Select whole fruits. Fruit is a nutritious snack that can often satisfy a sweet craving. However, to keep it fresh in your office, choose fruits that can be eaten whole, such as apples, bananas, oranges, berries, grapes, plums, and apricots.
Bananas, apples, and oranges do not need to be kept in a cooler; many fruits are fine at room temperature as long as they are not overripe.

Berries, grapes, plums, and apricots should be stored in the refrigerator.

4. Choose vegetables that are easy to cut. If you like to snack on vegetables, choose ones that aren't too juicy so you can cut them ahead of time and keep them fresh in a cooler. Carrots, peppers, celery, and broccoli are all excellent choices. Avoid slicing tomatoes and cucumbers ahead of time because they tend to become mushy.
If you enjoy eating tomatoes as a healthy snack, choose small grape or cherry tomatoes that can be eaten whole.

Snap peas and fresh green beans, which can be left whole, are also good options for work snacks.

Part 3 Portioning Out Snacks

1. Make use of zippered plastic bags. Plastic bags with airtight zippers are perfect for storing non-fragile snacks. Consult the packaging of your snacks to determine the appropriate serving size, and fill the bags with that amount to ensure you know exactly how much you're eating.
Items can be stored in a plastic zippered bag in your desk drawer or in a cooler kept at your desk.

2. Select healthy snacks that will easily fit into the baggies. Many healthy snacks fit well in plastic bags and will not be crushed if placed in a drawer or cooler with other items. Dried fruits, nuts, and seeds are all good choices, as are small whole fruits like berries and grapes and cut vegetables.
Raisins, dried cranberries, figs, and apricots are examples of dried fruits that you may want to snack on from plastic bags. They are not required to be kept cold.
Almonds, walnuts, pistachios, and cashews are some nuts to snack on from plastic bags. They can be kept at room temperature for a short period of time.

Seeds can also be stored in plastic bags at room temperature and used as a healthy snack. Consider sunflower or pumpkin seeds.

You can also make your own healthy trail mix by combining your favourite nuts, dried fruit, and seeds.

If you're storing fruits and vegetables in plastic bags, keep them in your cooler.

3. For soft items, use plastic containers. If you store softer snacks in plastic bags, they may become crushed in your desk drawer or cooler. Choose hard plastic containers for berries, grapes, and small tomatoes to protect the foods while keeping them airtight.
Make sure to wash your plastic containers on a daily basis to avoid contamination of your snacks.

4. For multiple snacks, use a bento style box. If you plan on bringing multiple snacks to work and don't want them to mix, a bento-style storage box is a good option. Bento boxes are traditionally used to separate the components of a Japanese meal, so lunch boxes modelled after them have dividers that form compartments to sort your snacks.
For example, you could put nuts, fruit, and cottage cheese in your bento box and keep it in your desk cooler to keep them fresh for your afternoon snack at work.

5. Snacks in single-serving sizes should be purchased. If you're pressed for time, you might not be able to portion your snacks yourself. Fortunately, many healthy snacks come in smaller bags or containers, so you only get one serving, which keeps you from overeating.
The calorie count is used to divide many single-serving snacks into portions. It could, for example, be a 100-calorie pack of crackers.

Some of the healthy single-serving packaged snack options include nuts, whole grain crackers, and pretzels.

6. Consider subscribing to a healthy snack subscription service. Snacks in these subscription boxes are usually portioned into serving-sized packages. You could even have the box delivered to your office.

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Published on: 9/9/21, 7:35 AM