Teaching starts before the sun rises and typically doesn’t really end until well after it sets. This is especially true for rookie teachers, teachers who run clubs, coach sports, and administrators working around the clock.
To keep up this kind of go-go-go energy, educators need to make sure they are getting the proper nutrition. A continuous supply of coffee just isn’t enough!
If there is time for lunch, it usually isn’t very long so teachers and administrators know they need to fuel up quickly throughout the day. Luckily, small, healthy snacks throughout the day is an ideal way to keep up one’s nutrition.
Here is a list of snacks all teachers can keep in their bags, desk drawers, car — wherever they need it, to keep hunger at bay and their mind focused on all things educational.
There are plenty of choices when it comes to protein bars, so you need to make sure you grab the right one for you and your fitness level. Check the ingredients and make sure they are full of protein and not sugar. Protein will leave you feeling more full and help give you a boost to get through the next few periods of teaching or next stack of assignments to grade.
Why are Greek Yogurts so popular? Because they have more protein than the standard yogurts we’re used to. This creates a more satisfying snack. Check the label; lower fat can mean more sugar, same with fruit flavored cups. Too much sugar can lead to spikes in your energy followed by crashes, which isn’t what you need during a day of teaching.
Almonds are a perfect all-natural snack. A handful can be quite filling. Raw almonds are the healthiest option. They are very low in natural sugars to avoid the spikes and crashes. They’re quick and don’t need to be refrigerated. A perfect snack to keep handy in your desk or in your bag for whenever you need a pick-me-up.
Almond Butter / Peanut Butter
Almond Butter and Peanut Butter jars are a must for any teacher’s classroom or lounge. Be wary of any students that may have peanut allergies, in which case, go for the almond butter. Sometimes we have so little time that a spoonful of one of these will go a long way. It’s delicious and satisfying and will hold you over until you can have a well-balanced meal.
A healthy delicious snack that can be paired with pita chips or veggies, it’s up to you. A few scoops of hummus packs a filling treat and keeps your energy levels high.
Sometimes we just need something sweet, but don’t reach for the candy or cookies in the teacher’s lounge. Candy is going to lead to a crash. If you need to indulge go with some berries or a green apple. Lower in sugar overall, these are more refreshing than any processed treat.
What are your tricks for keeping healthy snacks handy while you teach?