Healthy Store-Bought Snacks to Keep On-Hand When Working From Home
These packaged bars, bites, mixes, and other treats are made with healthy ingredients (like coconut oil, almond butter, dark chocolate, and seeds), and they're all available in Canada.
To address those 4 PM hunger nags, we tend to favour fresh snacks—like carrots and hummus, sliced apple and cinnamon, or celery and almond butter (or these homemade snacks)—but sometimes, they’re not so readily available. On those days, we’re happy to have a few healthy packaged options stocked in our cupboards.
Below, our favourite grab-and-go snacks that can be picked up from most Canadian health food stores or conveniently ordered online.
Image: House of Wellness
Manuka Honey Drops
Manuka honey is having a serious moment—in fact, the manuka honey market is expected to double in sales in the next six years—and for good reason. It offers many health benefits, like it can help reduce high cholesterol, inflammation, and acid reflux. These little drops by Wedderspoon pair manuka honey with ginger for added health benefits (ginger can help with digestion and boost immunity). Pop one of these when that sweettooth pipes up.
Wedderspoon Organic Manuka Honey Drops Ginger 120g, $9, houseofwellness.ca
“This tastes like a candy bar!” exclaims every person on our team who’s tried one. Mid-Day bars are made with all-good ingredients like roasted almonds, chocolate, almond butter, and hemp protein powder. Another reason we love them? One square has 6 grams of protein and only 5 grams of sugar.
Mid-Day Squares Almond Crunch (12-pack), $46, middaysquares.com
Flavoured with red pepper, garlic and vinegar, or honey and salt, these tasty treats make a satisfying snack.
Wonderful Pistachios, $10, available at all major grocery stores.
Trail Mix Bites
Made with pistachios, pumpkin seeds, Himalayan salt, and a touch of sugar, these little clusters make a salty-sweet treat that’s also filling.
President’s Choice Nut Bites, $3, loblaws.ca
Canadian company Naked Snacks offers packages of mixed nuts, seeds and dried fruit. They can be ordered in a set of five, 10, or 20, and delivered to your home (or workspace) every two weeks, once a month, or every two months. Our favourite packs include Rowdy Rosemary, Wholesome Yogi, and Aloha Kauai.
Naked Snacks, $32 CAD for 5 packs/month, nakedsnacks.ca
nomz offers delicious energy bites made with just a handful of ingredients, all of which are organic. Almonds, dates, cocoa, coconut oil, and sea salt make up the balls, and shavings of coconut, almonds, pistachios or hazelnuts offer a crunchy coating.
nomz Coconut Energy Bites, $4, well.ca
We already know that popcorn is a pretty healthy snack option, as far as packaged treats go. But LesserEvil‘s Avocado-Licious version is made with extra virgin avocado oil, which means it has the added health benefit of a good fat.
LesserEvil Buddha Bowl Popcorn Avocado-Licious, $6, well.ca
Whether you’re a candy lover or not, GoBio!‘s gummies are sure to win you over. Our go-to in the collection is the Wine Gums, but the sour gummies are equally addictive. (Your kids will love these too, as well as these healthy, crunchy snacks.)
GoBio! Organic Wine Gums, $4, well.ca
Since there are so many proven health benefits of dark chocolate, we’re happy to have a fair portion of it on the regular—like in these little bites. Little Tucker offers energy balls in four delicious flavours (like dark chocolate espresso), and they’re made with all-good ingredients—like almond butter, gluten-free rolled oats, almonds, hemp seeds, chia seeds, and flax seeds.
Little Tucker Dark Chocolate Espresso Plant Powered Energy Balls, $5, shop.balzacs.com
Almond Butter Cups
Chances are you’re already addicted to Justin’s peanut butter cups (thanks to Starbucks for keeping them stocked beside the cash). But, the cups also come in almond butter—which is our fave.
Justin’s Almond Butter Cups, $3, available at Select Whole Foods locations
Love Good Fats is another Canadian company that offers filling keto snack bars that are perfect to have before a workout. Our favourite is the plant-based bar that tastes like peanut butter and jam.
Love Good Fats in Peanut Butter and Jam, $4, livefitfood.ca
Chimes ginger chews deserve to be just a reach away, no matter where you are. They’re a year-round desk staple, as they not only satisfy our cravings for something sweet but also soothe sore throats and help prevent coughing.
Chimes Ginger Chews in original, $4, well.ca
Next, check out the healthy teas you may want to keep in your pantry.