A few essentials to keep on your rotation.
We all have one. A desk drawer that doubles as our own private pantry. Sometimes our best work is produced when one hand is stuffed into a bag of potato chips. (Jalapeno, if we’re getting specific.) And hey, listen, we never actually feel send-us-to-confessional guilty for devouring an entire bag of corn chips slathered in barbecue flavoring. But. There are only so many greasy snacks we can devour until we begin to power down and long for nothing but face wash and a nap. Alas, for work day productivity purposes, we find consistent pleasure in the not so guilty snacks.
These are the snacks that are baked, not fried. The ones with natural ingredients, not Red 40. The stuff that will satiate a craving between meals without ruining dinner. Snack breaks are essential as we Slack through the day. Here are a few snacks to keep on rotation.
If your favorite part of your seared chicken thigh is the crispy skin, make room in your pantry because you’re about to stock up on Flock. Packaged like a potato chip snack bag, with the crunch of a potato chip, but no potatoes to be found, this crispy chicken skin snack is high in protein and keto friendly.
Flock Chicken Chips, $24 per 8-pack ($3 per bag), Flock Foods
With all due respect to our beloved Nutella … we are pushing our comfort jar to the back of the pantry to try a different version of the hazelnut cocoa concoction. Free of dairy and low on sugar, we’re going to go ahead and eat this straight from the spoon. All of it. In one sitting. We should also mention that Gooey Snacks’ branding is display-on-your-desk worthy.
Hazelnut Cocoa Spread, $9.99, Gooey Snacks
A cookie dough nobody can shame you for eating straight from the packaging exists. (Excuse us, but they should be minding their own business anyways.) Anyways, this plant based dough is intended to be enjoyed straight from the jar. It’s perfect for stashing in a desk drawer.
OG Variety Pack, $36, Deux
Pro tip: elevate your snack stash with homemade brownies. The cakey, rich brownies that result from this mix are actually powered by plants and vegetables so basically eating every last crumb is getting your vegetable serving for the day.
Vegan Chocolate Brownie Mix, $9.95, Laird Superfood
What we love about jerky is not the meat, per se, but the seasoning. So why not give plant based jerky a try? Moku’s vegan, gluten-free and soy free jerky comes in a variety of finger-licking flavors like Hawaiian Teriyaki and Sweet & Spicy.
Variety Pack, $36, Moku Foods
According to reviewers, the NuSkool MCT Collagen Bars have a “great”, “excellent”, and a “not real sweet” taste. Everyone who has taken a moment to review these gluten-free, dairy-free, soy-free, no sugar added snack bars are obsessed with them. Whether you’re venturing towards the summit or need a quick bite before your 3PM conference call, these bars will give you the boost you seek.
Lemon Meringue MCT Collagen Bar - 12 Count, $31.99, NuSkool Snacks
We like to keep it real when it comes to the bags of chips we shove our hands into. Which is why we have a heaping pile of Dang Food Thai Rice Chips in our drawer. Available in a variety of flavors, these rice chips are non-GMO and free of the fake stuff. Which means we can feel good about making it through the whole pile in an 8 hour shift.
5-Flavor Thai Rice Chip Variety Pack - 12 Pack, $47.88, Dang Foods
If your office has a toaster oven, slap your name on a bag of Snow Days Grain Free Pizza Bites and keep a bag in the shared fridge. Chips and bars are staples for desk drawer pantries, but sometimes we’re feeling something a little toastier. Enjoy the gooey pull of cheese without, and we quote, “the crap”.
Grain Free Pizza Bites, 2 Pack, $31.49, Snow Days
In case you haven’t yet picked up on it, we have to snack during the day. It keeps our creativity flowing and periodic breaks give us something to look forward to when energy begins to dwindle. Verb’s Coconut Chai Energy Bars swoop in to recharge us when our internal battery is in the red. We should also mention that the bar has 2,284 five star reviews. 2,284. This is a must stash for your pantry drawer.
Coconut Chai, $19.95, Verb