10 Teachers Share the Snacks That Fuel Their Workdays

updated Jun 5, 2019
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The days seem long (to parents, anyway!), but the months of summer are short. Before you know it, school will be back in session and caregivers everywhere will be racking their brains over how to get kids to eat healthy snacks instead of just trading them for fidget spinners. But the kids aren’t the only ones who need a little pick-me-up during snack time — teachers need to keep up their energy, and the same ol’ apple day after day gets a little boring.

Here are a few favorite teacher hacks, so those educators get their protein, carb, and occasional caffeine fix throughout the day.

Becky: I love sliced peppers and hummus for a nutritious pick-me-up. They feel fresh and filling without making me sluggish in the afternoon.

Amy: I have a Keurig on my desk, if that counts. (Oh yeah, it counts!)

Cheryl: It’s amazing what you can do with peanut butter, Nutella, or any other spread and some form of cracker.

Rebecca: I like pretzels with cheese. Pop it in the microwave for 20 seconds for melty, crunchy goodness.

Ashley: Always have hot sauce nearby. I’m not saying I did this, but Frank’s Buffalo on plain popcorn is delicious.

Chris: I try to pack little things of quinoa, edamame, and a few slices of chicken breast with a chunk of lemon.

Jeana: An airtight plastic bin filled with chocolates that I received from students during Christmas — they double as prizes for my students!

Yuliya: When I was teaching it was all about the cottage cheese and Doritos.

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Monte: With the high-protein diet, you can’t rely on shelf-stable snacks alone, or you’ll always be starving. I bring almonds, hard-boiled eggs, and pickles for snacks.

Sarah: Giant Toblerones in my desk for Those Days.

Do you have any snacks that help you fuel your day as a teacher? Let us know in the comments!