What is a great way to buck up mid-morning and afternoons at school? Snacks!
However, getting food that gratifies the palate requires some tricks if you want to prevent snack-time anarchy. So here, I have a few snacking tips for teachers who are looking to make snacking fun and healthy.
What Happens When You Eat the Same Kinds of Snacks?
It can be less inspiring. It lacks variety. It lacks life. It is boring. Repeated exposure to the same foods also can reduce overall energy intake, especially in women. So you may be able to lose weight or maintain your diet.
There’s a big difference when you give your body what it needs, and that includes what you want. Are you craving something sweet, or savory? Look for what hits the pillars of good snacking – quality, nutrition, and satisfaction.
These ideas are simplified basics that surely will spice up your snack time.
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Snacking Tips for Teachers for a Great Day in School
1) Educate Yourself
It’s basic that the first thing to note when it comes to “what you should eat” is to mind the impact of foods and drinks on your health.
All of us know what’s healthy and what’s not. By educating yourself, you will be able to simplify good vs bad food. Fresh juice, for example, is a lot better than its powdered counterpart. Eggs on toast make an extremely better choice than French fries.
Therefore, you could start by substituting packaged goods for fresh ones or protein for sugar, for example. Many food-related myths may exist, such as the notion that healthful foods are bland or that fruit preserves are high in sugar. It will be worthwhile to learn and put into practice after reading about the snacks that work best for you.
2) Plan Ahead
Between classes, lesson planning, grading, and paperwork; you probably many times have skipped snacks. Correct? Not just because you did not have enough time to eat, but because you have not prepared some snacks for the day. This is where planning for snacks ahead comes into play.
Planning ahead of time not only saves you from having to find something last minute, but it increases the likelihood of getting something healthier. With a snack plan written on your weekly planner, you’ll know exactly what to buy. You don’t have to stress yourself when it’s time to prepare what to bring for Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday… and so on.
Shopping according to your list saves you money compared to impulse buying or going to the supermarket without a list.
3) Go Healthy
No matter how busy you are, make the decision to eat well. Keep in mind that by the time you start to feel hungry, lunchtime may already be past. Having access to wholesome snacks is taking care of your body. There is nothing wrong with purchasing meals from the school canteen, but you might have the inclination to rely on fast food.
It’s so fortunate if the canteen sells healthier options, but what if they don’t? Filling your diet with junk food also feeds your body with higher sugar, fat, and calories. You can treat yourself to some sweet delights or your favorite ice cream once in a while. But soda, chips, and French fries every day are never healthy.
Packing a homemade snack doesn’t need to be complicated. You can throw a handful of nuts and dried fruits on a decent food container, or bring a protein shake for a quick mid-day break. What about a cup of your favorite latte? Get yourself a water bottle that can keep drinks cold or hot the whole day. If you prefer to eat something cold, then get a lunch box that works the same.
4) Mix It Up
Power snacks carry a combination of tastes. Let’s have a few examples you will love to try:
- Dried apple, dried mango, dried papaya, dried pear, and dried banana.
- Fresh-cut apples, pineapples, mango, kiwi, and peaches.
- Your favorite protein shake and a choice of fruit.
- Low in-carb nuts like almonds, macadamias, pecans, and hazelnuts.
- Nutrition bars you love. They are healthy desk snacks!
- Protein balls, protein cookies, and homemade granola bars.
- Hard-boiled eggs and sliced cucumber – sprinkled with lemon and pepper.
- Chickpea omelet and crispy pan-fried eggplant.
- Frozen two-ingredients yogurt (my favorite!).
- Bacon with slices of avocado.
- Beans and brownies.
- Veggies and homemade dip.
- Toasted bread to be dipped into your hot choco (my favorite!).
- Spiced latte with your favorite hot milk.
- Salted crackers filled with cheese whiz (my favorite!).
- Fried Tofu and spiced soy.
Wow, I had a lot of favorites! See, anything you can think that is worth trying is worth snacking. The trick is to begin.
5) Make It a Routine
Most teachers don’t look forward to snack breaks because they don’t make it an exciting part of their day. They’re too busy to put the time into it. So whatever they grab – it’s good to go. Are you guilty of this?
Let me ask you. Do you have a special skincare routine? If you do, then I’m sure you must be following meticulous steps to better care for your skin. This only shows that if you only believe that snacks are worth giving attention to – then you’ll also be able to build a snack routine that’s worth your time.
By making “snacking in school” a healthy “treats” time, you’re more inclined to be creative with your food. You’re more inspired to prepare healthier options whether that’s a homemade porridge or a favorite biscuit from a nearby bakery. Think of a slogan like “It’s high time to eat healthier,” or “Great treats for a great teacher,” maybe?
I tell you, the moment you incorporate this routine into your daily activities, you will be better at saying “no” to buying potato chips and packaged sweets or cold soda from the vending machine.
6) Stay Hydrated
See? Healthy and fun snacking aren’t that mind-numbing. The secret is to focus on healthy options and do it by heart so the transition can quickly take place. Nothing in this world becomes beautiful when the heart is not a part of it.
Your life as a teacher carries pressures to manage every day. Mindless eating leads to unhealthy eating habits because you’re not really thinking about the food you eat.
A good snack makes you aware of what you are eating. It allows you to have full control of what you like, and it saves you from being stressed.
Well then, did I just inspire you? You might know of any snacking tricks for teachers? Share them in the comments below.