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If you are a current or future teacher, there are healthy snacks for teachers that are specifically beneficial to the way your workday flows.
With kids heading back to class, teachers are looking for lunch and snack ideas as much as parents are. School snacks for adults and kids are sometimes the same, but if your focus is on healthy foods and healthy eating, they do tend to differ quite a bit from the majority of kids these days.
A lot of kids get pre-packaged foods and junk food for their lunch bags and snacks that are filled with so much sugar. So if you want healthy meals and snack options, it can feel a little more complicated than just tossing some packaged snacks in your cart at the grocery store.
A good snack will fuel you through your school day. A little time invested in creating your shopping list will make all the difference. And it doesn’t have to be boring! Fun snacks can still be part of your eating plan. Food ruts don’t have to happen. Healthy, tasty treats are just as easy to buy as the pre-packaged stuff. I promise!
How Can A Teacher Eat Healthy?
It truly comes down to what you buy at the store. Unhealthy meals and snacks are much more difficult to eat if you don’t bring them home in the first place. A quick trip to Trader Joe’s or another local grocery store can supply you with enough healthy snacks filled with good nutrition to carry you through the entire week. Maybe even two!
Best Snacks For Teachers
To get you through the school year, the best snacks will include enough protein to keep you full until mealtime. They are easily transported, and some don’t require refrigeration. Let’s take a look at some ideas.
What Are The 10 Healthiest Snacks?
These suggestions are a great way to pack a powerhouse of nutrition into your daily snacks and are a few of my favorite healthy snacks to take along whenever I leave the house. In my book, #4 is the perfect snack! With this shortlist, you’ll get important nutrients to carry you through your day.
- Hard-boiled eggs
- Green smoothies
- Hummus & veggie sticks
- Roasted chickpeas (add spices and sea salt!)
- Energy bits
- Fat bombs
- Fresh berries
- Raw nuts
- Kefir (or Greek yogurt)
What Is A Good Treat For Teachers?
Teachers need treats too. Here are some ideas.
- Small parfaits
- Fruit salad with fresh mint
- Fruit pieces with fruit dip
- Chocolate bark
- Chocolate bars
- Kettle corn
- Peanut butter cups – though you can also use sun butter if you have allergic kids in your class.
- Granola bark
Healthy Snacks For The Teacher’s Lounge
If you are bringing snacks to share with coworkers, you can put together quite a nice spread while still keeping things healthy. Something I’m sure most folks will appreciate!
Often the worst foods in the lounge are snacks. Snacks are easy to buy in a package and empty into a serving bowl. So they are often the most processed foods available when people bring food to work.
A nice platter filled with healthy options is always appreciated. And don’t forget the cute toothpicks! It makes it so much easier to pick up some of the foods on a food tray.
- Avocado pieces
- Cherry tomatoes
- Whole grain pretzels (mine were spelt)
- Rice cakes
- Segmented mandarin oranges
- Carrot sticks
- Broccoli florets
- Cauliflower florets
- Whole grain crackers (I use Ak-Mak crackers or Mary’s Gone Crackers)
- Apple slices
- Fruit juice-sweetened, dried cranberries.
- Healthy Onion Dip
- Homemade Guacamole
- Homemade Corn Chips
- Peanut Butter Fruit Dip (delicious recipe!!)
- Sunflower seeds
- Pumpkin seeds
- Almond butter cups (or any nut butter cups)
- Honeydew melon balls
- Hard-boiled eggs
- Energy Balls
- Healthy muffins (minis are great for food trays!)
- Savory Muffins (again, minis would be great here!)
- Bell pepper strips
- Kiwi chunks or slices
- Whole grains – like popcorn, brown rice balls, and puffed grain treats such as Rice Krispy treats made with whole grain puffed brown rice.
Desk Drawer Snacks
If you need some healthy options for your desk drawer (i.e., no refrigeration required), here are a few ideas for you. These can all be packed in a small snack portion that is easy to fit into a full desk drawer.
- Trail mix – (easy recipe!)
- Low carb trail mix – (easy recipe!)
- No bake granola bars
- Lara bars
- Chocolate chip protein bars
- Pumpkin spice protein bars
- Grain free rosemary crackers
- Homemade goldfish crackers
- Nutty coconut granola bars
Healthy Snacks For Teacher Appreciation Week
If parents are bringing healthy snacks for teacher appreciation week, they don’t have to be unhealthy. Here are some easy suggestions.
- Air Popped Popcorn
- Apple slices
- Orange slices
- Veggie platter with hummus
- Homemade muffins
- Snap peas
- Edamame beans
- Trail mix
- Dried fruit
- Mandarin oranges
- Fruit leathers
Healthy Snacks For Teachers To Give Students
If you are wanting to bring healthy classroom snacks to school for your student’s snack time or class parties, few snacks are better than fresh fruits and veggies. Especially a small snack that comes in its own wrapper. In fact, homemade snacks are often best avoided. Something you can just buy and share is best. Here are some healthy snack ideas…
- Mandarine oranges
- String cheese
- Hard-boiled eggs
- Fruit cups (100% fruit)
- Jerky sticks
Need Something To Put Those Healthy Snacks For Teacher In?
A good, healthy snack can give you an extra boost to get you through your workday. A simple apple or handful of nuts is all it takes to keep you going. But that doesn’t mean your snacks have to be boring. Keep them fun and switch things up on a regular basis to avoid a food rut, and better nutrition will be right at your fingertips.
I'm Tiffany, a cookbook author, food lover, mom, and writer for MSN and the AP Newswire.
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