Happy Monday! I had a WONDERFUL first day of work. This morning, McNair Middle school teachers returned to work for a jam-packed week of professional development and intense student data analysis–Woohoo!
So far, everyone I’ve met is incredibly helpful, generous, and devoted to their job. I very much miss my Luling crew and my New School crew, but I know I will love my new co-workers just as much :)
Of course, being the happy eater that I am, I have to turn today’s chit chat towards food. I don’t know about the rest of you teachers out there, but something about the schedule makes me SO hungry for much of the day.
I eat breakfast before work, and then lunch is about 6 hours later. Then dinner is about 6 hours after lunch. I don’t know about you, but it would take a lot of food to hold me over for six hours. Sometimes snacks are necessary, but those teacher lounge vending machines full of candy and chips aren’t doing us any favors. So in the spirit of a new school year, I thought I’d put together a list of healthy snacks that are easy to eat on the go…because we all know you have to sneak these foods between classes
because God forbid you take care of your hunger needs like a real adult! Anyway…
HEALTHY & EASY SNACKS FOR TEACHERS
Pistachios are a wonderfully delicious and healthy snack. Shelling them inconspicuously during class might be difficult, so I suggest buying the pre-shelled ones. Compared to other nuts, pistachios are lower in calories, higher in potassium, and higher in vitamin K. A 160 calorie serving packs 6 grams of protein, 3 grams of fiber, and 15 grams of fat. Those are awesome stats! (If you’ve been here before, you know that fat content generally doesn’t bother me. Blame sugar!) Pistachios also deliver significant percentages of essential vitamins. And last but not least, they are so yummy!
Okay…so I just made a comment about sugar a few lines above, so this suggestion should be adjusted according to your daily needs!
Larabars are made of 100% natural and normal ingredients. The coconut macaroon Larabar above has 8 grams of sugar per bar. That’s not great, but it’s reasonable. These delicious bars make a great on-the-go snack :)
I would, however, watch out for the original flavors. Apple pie, peanut butter, pumpkin pie, blueberry, and most other original flavors pack anywhere from 16g-25g of sugar per bar! Those bars are too tiny to pack that much sugar! Granted, the sugar in Larabars usually comes from dates. But this is why I said you should take a look at your own daily needs…do you exercise a good bit? Then it’s fine. Do you have a pretty low sugar diet? If so, 20g of sugar from dates may not be a big deal. Just do what works for you!
I love this stuff! I discovered Nograinola at my local Whole Foods in Decatur, GA. What is it actually made of? Almonds, coconut, prunes, carrots, and Himalayan salt. That’s it. It’s actually quite good :) You can buy one of two versions: unsweetened or sweetened with Stevia. I’ve only tried the unsweetened, and it’s awesome. It’s a great yogurt topper, it goes well with milk (like real cereal!), and it can be added to just about anything and complement the flavors. And with only 3g of sugar per serving, this snack is definitely a winner!
This one is a little pricey, but it’s quite good! Krave jerky can be found just about anywhere now…Walmart, random gas stations…it’s not a Whole Foods exclusive product.
All of the ingredients are a little different (meaning some do have added sugar), so read up and purchase the one that works the best for you!
And last but not least,
FRUITS & VEGGIES
A tried and true option, portable produce is obviously an awesome snacking choice. Next time you’re at the grocery store, grab carrots, grapes, apples, bananas, grape tomatoes, mini peppers, mini cucumbers (mostly found at Costco), or celery. Just pick something that’s easy to carry around and eat quickly!
Earlier today I bought pistachios and Uber Larabars to hide away in my classroom :) What snacks or back-to-school tips do you have?