Office Desk Drawer Staples to Meet Your Macros

Ah the glamorous life of the work-from-office mom…run around like a complete crazy person every morning getting everybody dressed, fed, lunches packed, backpacks ready, you presentable, coffee poured, temper-tantrum calmed, and, and, and… It’s no wonder that we’re the first to ignore our needs to get everybody else out the door! A lot of the time this ends up looking like the drive-thru at Starbucks and rolling up to the office without a plan to fuel your day.

Is this you? I get it! (If not, check out my list of 40 healthy, kid-friendly snacks!)

This is why I make sure my office desk drawer is stocked with healthy but non-perishable foods. An annoying colleague wait until noon to schedule a 1:00 meeting (again) that will ruin your chances of going out to get regular macro day lunch? Nope! I got oatmeal and protein powder on hand. Client drama spike on low carb day? Nope! I’m ready to conquer with almonds, cashews, tuna packets and beef jerky!

I bring my breakfast and lunch to the office everyday built around my “drawer staples” but when life gets in the way, I can still meet my macro goals.

Here is a list of all my favorite snacks that I either always or sometimes keep in my drawer at work. Some are intentionally heartier than others so I can make into a meal if I absolutely have to. Remember, this is simply a fall-back plan and not your main fuel for the day.

Favorite Office Desk Drawer Staples

  • Amazing Grass protein powder packs (my usual at-home brand is Orgain, but I feel like Amazing Grass blends so easy with just water and a shaker cup that this is my at-work brand for when I have no choice but to make this a meal.)
  • Starkish Tuna Packets (add this with some crackers or whole grain chips and you’re set!)
  • Gluten-free oatmeal packets (this is the reining MVP of all drawer staples because this is how I break my fast Wednesdays-Fridays!)
  • Vital Proteins Collagen Peptides (I make “protein tea” in the afternoons with decaf tea and one scoop of collagen)
  • Liquid Stevia (Because let’s be real, offices only ever have Splenda or bleached sugar)
  • Manitoba Harvest Hemp Hearts (Low-Carb Day champion! Add this to oatmeal, salads, etc. to get extra fat and protein in with barely any carbs)
  • Dry Roasted Almonds
  • Dry Roasted Cashews
  • GoMacro Bars (perfectly balanced for Regular Macro Days and satisfies a sweet craving)
  • Rx Bars (blueberry is my favorite!)
  • Quest Bars (good in a pinch, but GoMacro & Rx have MUCH better ingredients)
  • Gluten-free granola
  • Beef Sticks (make sure you’re selecting a non-preservative version of beef sticks or jerky. Bonus points if it’s grass-fed beef!)
  • Simple Mills Almond Flour Crackers (I have to be careful about these because I’ll eat the whole box BUT they now have snack-size pre-portioned bags so something to consider to pair with tuna packets)
  • Multigrain chips like Food Should Taste Good or Trader Joe’s Veggie & Flaxseed (another possible stumbling block for portions)
  • Herbal and/or decaf tea (great afternoon pick-me-up and I like my “protein tea” mentioned above)
  • Coffee kCups (If your office has a kCup machine but has junky flavors, I sometimes keep some organic coffee cups in my desk)
  • LaCroix (my former colleague often kept a case under her desk!)

What are some of your favorite office desk-drawer staples?

Meridith Oram
Meridith Oram is an ACE-Certified Health Coach at Love Yourself Towards Healthy where she helps women heal their relationship with food, fitness and body image. She is also the creator of Gain Wellness, a 5-week behavioral change program to unlearn diet culture, stop negative self-talk and set wellness goals---not appearance goals. Follow Meridith at @loveyourself2healthy on all social channels.

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