Teachers have to eat too you know
Put the doughnut down. Teachers: fuel your day with these foods!
Sure, an apple is a great snack for any teacher, but while an apple a day may keep the doctor away, there are only so many times that a teacher can eat an apple in a week. To keep up with a classroom of rambunctious kids, you have to eat energy-boosting, delicious snacks that will fuel your day and keep you focused. The last thing you want is a snack that will make you sleepy in class! To help you survive a day of educating our youth, here are some great snacks to keep in your desk.
Of course, you’ll want to hide them so your 30 classroom rugrats don’t try to snatch and snack them, but we digress...
"With an average of 11 to 14 grams of slowly digested protein per 5.3-ounce container, [Greek yogurt is] one of my favorite energy breakfasts. And snacks. And desserts," Power Hungry’s Camilla Saulsbury says. It’s great to add to smoothies and is also perfect for stirring other energy-boosting foods like nuts and seeds into, as well.
In the fall, you can snack on seasonal pumpkin seeds and in the spring, go for sunflower. Keep them unsalted for a healthier bite, but go ahead and munch on these treats if you need a little boost!
The potassium in a banana can help fuel your afternoon. Head to the teacher’s lounge and make a quick smoothie that you can enjoy while you teach!
Article contributions by Anne Dolce.
22 Healthy Kids Snack Ideas For School
You know what we haven’t talked about yet? Healthy snack ideas for the kids, that you can also pack and send to school. Today, we’re going to chat about how to use food prep to simplify packing snacks, over 20 healthy snack ideas, and the best snack containers. I’ll also share a few photo examples of packed school snacks. While we’re specifically chatting about snacks for school, these ideas also work for home or when you need something after school in between karate practice and dinner, or for an outing to the park. And the ideas work for the whole family, not just kids.
Try these Science Snacks
See Inside a Seed
Examine the baby plants inside the seeds we eat.
Create a sound system for music only you can hear.
If you want to stay hidden, you'd better stay still.
Make Your Own Rainstick
Listen to the sound of rain falling—anytime, anywhere.
Trace your shadow, then make it change.
Your experience of the world influences what you see.
This surprising instrument is fun to make—and even more fun to play.
Who needs expensive optical equipment to see better?
Soap Film Painting
Gravity turns soap film into an ever-shifting, colorful masterpiece.
Learn about simple circuits with a board you build yourself.
Build an electroscope to detect electrical charge using straws.
See shadowy shapes floating inside your own eye.
The Exploratorium, established in 1969, is an internationally renowned museum of art, science, and human perception located in San Francisco, California. Its hundreds of hands-on exhibits are designed to promote science discovery.
The Exploratorium Teacher Institute has supported middle and high school math and science teachers to incorporate hands-on, inquiry-rich experiences into their classrooms since 1984.
Cook up over 100 hands-on science exhibits from everyday materials!
Buy the Exploratorium Science Snackbook.
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50+ Nut-Free Snacks for School
Peanut Butter-Free and Nut Butter-Free Spreads and Dips
Enjoy in a sandwich, on crackers, on apples or celery, with waffles, or even by the spoonful!
*Sub any of these peanut and nut-free spreads in place of peanut butter in a recipe.
- Crackers (Wheat Thins, plain Triscuits, Goldfish)
- Pretzels (Newman&rsquos Own, Rold Gold, Pepperidge Farm Pretzel Goldfish)
- Rice cakes
- Goldfish/Cheddar bunnies
- Potato chips (popchips, Baked Lay&rsquos, Cape Cod, Pringles, Ruffles, Kettle Brand)
- Late July Organic Tortilla Chips
- Yogurt tube
- Pudding cup
- Yogurt pouch
- Cheese (stick, cube, round, slice)
- Yogurt cup (*read the label and be aware of yogurts that also contain watch out for granola or cookies)
- Graham cracker
- Teddy grahams
- Nilla wafers
- Fruit leather (homemade or store bought)
- Fruit snacks
- Fruit-flavored candy (Skittles, Starburst, Lifesavers, Jolly Ranchers, Dum Dum Pops)
- MadeGood Granola Bars
- MadeGood Crispy Squares (chocolate chip or vanilla)
- Fig Newtons
- Fresh fruits (apples, oranges, banana, grapes, watermelon, cantaloupe, pear, kiwi, blueberries, etc.)
- Fresh vegetables (carrots, celery, broccoli florets, bell pepper strips, cherry tomatoes)
- Applesauce cup or pouch
- Canned fruits and vegetables (look for &ldquoin it&rsquos own juice&rdquo or &ldquoin water&rdquo)
- Mandarin orange fruit cup
- Dried Fruit
Simple Recipes/Combination Foods
- Guacamole (avocado, lime juice, cilantro)
- Fruit Kebabs
- Fruit and Cheese Kebabs
- Caprese Skewers (tomato, basil, mozzarella ball)
For even more ideas and a great allergy free foods list, I love the Safe Snack Guide by SnackSafely.com.
Reminder: Never give a child with food allergies any foods until the parent or guardian has had the opportunity to inspect and approve the food. This may include reading the label and consulting with the manufacturer.
1965 Favorite Recipes of Home Economics Teachers Casseroles
Paperback, spiral comb bound, 382 pages
Condition: Like New, previous owner’s name in front cover
This classic cookbook is in wonderful condition! The absolutely only reason you know it is a used book is the signature of a previous owner on the inside front page. Her handwriting is nearly perfect penmanship too!
1965 Favorite Recipes Casseroles Back Cover
Happy Teachers Day 2018: 8 Foods That Take All of Us Back To Our School Days
Students across India are celebrating Teachers Day 2018 on 5th September. Teachers Day is commemorated every year as a tribute to Independent India's first Vice-President and also a great teacher Dr. Sarvepelli Radhakrishnan, whose birthday falls on 5th September. Irrespective of the love-hate relationship we share with our teachers, there is no denying the fact, that they play a significant role in shaping us and help us learn some of the most valuable lessons in life. There is a lot of enthusiasm around Teachers Day, especially for school-going children as the occasion is celebrated in a grand way in almost every school. Don't you remember dressing up as teachers and going to the school on teacher's day? Or preparing hand-made cards for your beloved teachers to express your gratitude? There was also a lot of excitement around for putting together a special performance for our teachers (and a valid excuse to miss classes to discuss the same).There are so many memories that make our time spent in school feel special even now. The school canteen was another spot where we've spent many happy hours and those memories make us feel nostalgic even today when we recall them. Do you remember eagerly waiting for the recess bell so that you could rush to the canteen and gorge on those greasy bread rolls? Or enjoy some crisp patties and indulge in fun banter with your friends?
1. Cotton CandyOur cotton candy fixation perhaps goes back to our pre-school days. But there's no better joy than flocking around that cotton candy man right outside school waiting for your treat without any worries. We wish we could go back to those care-free days.(Also Read: Quick Breakfast Ideas for Kids: 7 Stellar Recipes to Please Those Fussy Eaters)
This teachers day lets revisit the cotton candy man who brought so many smiles across our faces
2.Aloo Cutlets Remember opening your tiffin to the aroma of home-made mini aloo cutlets along with ketchup? You always had to tell mommy to pack some extra to feed your friends!(Also read: 6 Best Kid-Friendly Restaurants in Delhi)
Aloo Cutlet in tiffin box takes us back to special school memories and teachers day celebrations
3. Black Forest and Pineapple PastryThese were the quintessential sweet treats for the longest time. Remember those school picnic when our teachers struggled to make us fall in a queue and distribute sinful pastries along with other refreshments that we just couldn't wait for? The joy of relishing those creamy pastries, almost on the verge of falling apart, is truly incomparable.
4. VadasJust the look of mini vadas doused in hot sambar and with fresh coconut chutney was enough to make us forget the scolding we got for not submitting our homework on time. It was perfect to lift our mood instantly.
Vada in the school canteen instantly brought a smile to our faces
5. Omelet and French ToastLet's admit it, the all-time favourite omelette was one of the most re-occuring dishes in our tiffins. And we're not complaining because we loved it! Another egg-preparation that reminds us of our school tiffin is the desi French toast which was so easy to prepare and pack and also so delicious and satisfying even during lunch break.
Bread Omelettes made for some of the best memories of Lunch break in school
6. Butter ToffeesSticky, sweet and chewy, butter toffees were and will always be delightful. They can prompt you to smile so easily and make you forget all your worries. Who doesn't remember those birthday parties? How can we forget the routine of singing 'Happy Birthday' in chorus for classmates and friends who would then distribute butter toffees and candies in the entire class. The toffee may have given us a hard time sticking to the corners teeth where our tongue can't even reach, but that didn't stop us from asking for an extra one from birthday boy or girl, who was obviously the star of the day.
Butter toffees were our favourite school time treat
7. Bread rolls and Bread PakodasCrisp, fried and golden and stuffed with a delicious filling, bread pakodas were probably the best snacks at the canteen and we could binge on them any time of the day. Remember the many bets that were placed with bread pakoda as the prize? A bread pakoda always brought out the best in us!
Nostalgic? Revisit the greasy bread pakodas of your school this Teachers day
How about a glass of milkshake with your old school friends this teachers day?
There have been many instances when we have troubled our teachers, or secretly disliked them for complaining to our parents during the PTAs, but one thing is for sure, we can't forget them for inspiring us and motivating us to be what we are today. This Teachers Day 2018, make an effort to reach out to them and let them know that they've been a special part of your life and how much you value them.
Happy Teachers Day 2018 to all the teachers and mentors out there!
About Sushmita Sengupta Sharing a strong penchant for food, Sushmita loves all things good, cheesy and greasy. Her other favourite pastime activities other than discussing food includes, reading, watching movies and binge-watching TV shows.
50 Healthy Lunch Ideas for Teachers to Take to School
1. “Carrots (or other crunchy veggies), grapes or apple slices, hard boiled eggs, and half a peanut (or almond or sunbutter) sandwich. Think the protein box from Starbucks – only yours is way cheaper.”
2. “Fix a pasta or congealed salad to keep in [the] fridge at school for the week.”
3. “I buy a bag of salad and keep it at school so I don’t have to pack a lunch every day.”
4. “I usually cook a pot of soup over the weekend and take a bowl and either crackers or half a sandwich.”
5. “I make a fruit smoothie every morning to have with breakfast and it lasts me throughout the AM [until] lunch. I use chia seeds for protein. I also drink tea or hot water, or water throughout the day.”
6. “Fix some shrimp, chicken or fish and put it in a microwave bowl. Then pack some lettuce, cucumbers and tomatoes in another bowl. Heat up your protein and place in [the other] bowl for salad or eat [it] separately. Pack a sugar free pudding. This can easily be a 300 calorie meal if your protein is 3.5 oz or less.”
7. “Salads, fruits, [and] raw veggies.”
8. “My mentor teacher kept a bowl, spoon and a can opener in her room, as well as some cans of soup. When all else fails, soup is usually a pretty good meal and fewer calories than most things.”
9. “I find that either oatmeal with fruit or Greek yogurt & fruit plus nuts for a mid-morning snack are great until lunch.”
10. “I do ‘Meal Prep Sundays’ and grill up chicken breast, turkey breast, and prep various salads and side veggies, as well as hard-boiled eggs. Pack up your meals in Tupperware or mason jars for the whole week and you are set!”
11. “Protein shakes. I make them at night, freeze them, and they thaw by lunch.”
12. “I like things that can stay in my room with no refrigeration: canned beans with chopped veggies in a vinegar based dressing can be made the night before and last 2 or 3 days. Cucumbers and hummus. Apples and peanut butter with raisins. Chopped apple and celery with walnuts and raisins in a cider vinegar dressing. Salads made with leftover brown rice, chopped vegetables and canned beans. Most anything with an oil and acid dressing will be better if you make it the night before and can be packaged in single servings at home.”
13. “Leftovers from dinner the night before.”
14. “Hummus on a low carb tortilla is my go-to, paired with some cut up veggies and a bit of ranch with chia seeds mixed in. [Add a] small apple or a clementine on the side.”
15. “Cook boneless, skinless chicken breasts ahead of time (marinade if you’d like), cut up veggies and fruit, non-fat Greek yogurt with granola, [and a] banana with natural peanut butter.”
16. “Turkey pepperoni and light string cheese. It’s like a pizza snack!”
17. “You can make salads in mason/ball jars (dressing on the bottom, veggies on top) and vacuum seal them up to a week ahead of time. Then, just shake and eat.”
18. “Take an individual container of cottage cheese and add a spoonful or pineapple (or other fresh cut fruit when in season) and add a teaspoon of sunflower seeds! Yum!”
19. “Chopped veggie salad + 1 package of tuna in water = a nice lunch!”
21. “Tuna salad sandwiches with a side of carrots and bell pepper slices, low-sugar yogurt mixed with your favorite fruit and your favorite flavored crackers.”
23. “Sometimes I make lettuce wraps with turkey, mustard and a low-fat mozzarella cheese stick. Add some fruit or a yogurt.”
24. “Bake BBQ Marinated chicken. Cut it up and put in small bowls with a little extra BBQ and just reheat at school.”
25. “Baby spinach with your choice of meat, pears and walnuts with balsamic. I used to pack this a few times a week and it was really easy and yummy.”
26. “I make a large salad in the beginning of the week and keep a bottle of dressing at school. This way you can just scoop it out into a container and add your meat (lunch meat, tuna, etc.) for some protein.”
27. “Salads and yogurts, fruit and granola bars.”
28. “Yogurt, fruit, turkey and cheese roll-ups (no bread), nuts, and granola bars.”
29. “I make a quick salad the morning of, but the night before would be better. I use already prepared salads – all kinds. I put strawberries, blueberries, blackberries, purple onion, carrots and anything else I have on hand.”
30. “I have one packet of plain oatmeal and Greek yogurt.”
31. “Greek yogurt, high fiber cereal, and fruit all mixed together for lunch [keeps you] full for a very long time, and [it’s] healthy.”
32. “[A] sandwich in a tortilla wrap rather [than] bread.”
33. “Canned tuna and wheat thins with yogurt!”
34. “I discovered a desperation salad one day when I was running late. I tossed together chick peas, tomatoes, tuna, and some vinaigrette I had in the fridge. It was so good, I made it many times afterward. I occasionally tossed in some [cooked] pasta noodles. If you don’t like chick peas, substitute them out for a different bean switch tuna for salmon or chicken. It’s a good ‘clean out the fridge’ meal.”
35. “I make a recipe for ‘Healthy Chicken Salad’ (no mayo) and put it on a low carb wrap with 100 calorie guacamole packets, a little salsa, and the salad crunchies that are either spicy or chili lime.”
36. “I cook healthy at home and bring leftovers. I also have something that looks awful, but tastes great! [Take] 1 cup of plain 0% fat Greek yogurt, 2 T creamy peanut butter, a dash or cinnamon, and either a little bit of honey or some stevia (I’m diabetic) for sweetening. I layer them in a small plastic bowl, then mix them up with a spoon for lunch! At first, my 1st Graders reacted with “eeewww!”, but I’ve actually had some ask for the recipe!”
37. “Wheat bread with slices of tomato, a slice of a gala apple, a thin slice of baked chicken, [add] lettuce on top with a little light mayo.”
38. “[Pre-made] crock pot soup is good!”
39. “A Greek yogurt, a Kashi or protein bar, and some fruit with a bottle of water. I found that if I took 5 days worth of lunches and kept them in the mini-fridge in my classroom I was less likely to cheat and eat unhealthy food.”
40. “I prepare bowls of cut up mixed fruit for the week on Sundays. I also mix cut-up peppers and onions with eggbeaters. I put it in a sealable bowl and microwave. [It’s an] instant omelet with a tortilla.”
41. “I make enough egg salad or tuna salad for the week. Then all I have to do is make a sandwich and I’m good to go!”
42. “I love smoothies. I use Chobani yogurt, spinach and kale, with some fruit and blend in my magic bullet. I can prepare 2 or 3 to take to school and blend through the day as I need them. [You can] eat with a half of a chicken breast if you want some meat, as well! They are delicious and good for you!”
43. “Prep small containers in the fridge with cooked brown rice, egg salad, tuna salad, canned chick peas, fresh or jarred salsa [to make] whole wheat tortilla wraps. Having the right ingredients on hand is essential to building a healthy lunch. Take time to prep on a Sunday afternoon and you are set for the week! This also cuts out sodium and unwanted preservatives from pre-packaged, processed food.”
44. “I make a ham wrap. [I use a] whole wheat tortilla with a little bit of cream cheese spread on it, ham or turkey (or both), baby spinach, and whatever other greens you prefer, and cheese. I also add salsa to mine. Roll it up and wrap it in foil. [It’s a] yummy and healthy lunch! You can also use the tortilla and cream cheese, but use berries, yogurt, and granola for a yummy breakfast.”
45. “I do this a lot: buy a package of broccoli slaw, put 2 cups in a Tupperware container and sprinkle a handful of almonds or cashews on top. I also throw a few dried cranberries on sometimes for variety. Then bring a serving of Mandarin oranges and pack a serving of raspberry vinaigrette dressing. Mix them together at lunch time and it’s a high fiber tasty salad. I usually eat a piece of string cheese with it to boost the protein. With the broccoli slaw, you could probably mix it all at home without it getting soggy.”
46. “I am a vegetarian and I like to mix things up each week, and I enjoy fresh meals. My favorite make-a-head lunch (or to bring to a party) is to make my orzo salad. You could add chicken if you wanted to.
- Cook and drain orzo, rinse with water. Cut up peppers (any color), dice up an onion, wash cherry tomatoes, open a can of olives, dice up fresh mozzarella or put in feta.
- For the dressing, mince up garlic, sea salt and pepper, flat leaf parsley chopped, zest of 3 lemons, juice of three lemons, and extra virgin olive oil.
I make it up on a Sunday and have enough for dinner that night, and several lunches throughout the week.
47. “Sharp cheddar cheese and wheat crackers to much all day long! Healthy proteins and fiber make you feel full. Yum!!”
48. “Rice cakes with peanut butter and bananas or thin apple slices with drizzled honey.”
49. “Canned chicken, chopped celery, halved grapes, chopped apple, and dried cranberries. Mix in a cup of Greek yogurt with some walnuts and you have chicken salad for a week!”
50. “My go to on long teaching days was cereal. I kept a bowl and spoon in my desk and milk in the teachers’ lounge fridge. It definitely got me through the afternoon!”
What are some of your favorite healthy school lunches? Share them with us below!
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Fun Food Friday – A Place for Cooking in the Classroom
But how do you convince administration that you should be cooking in the classroom, where do you ever start, and what does it even look like? How does it all work?
If convincing administration that you should be cooking in your classroom is your biggest problem, consider it solved. Here is a minor list of skills students work on with every cooking lesson:
- social skills
- wait time / patience
- math (adding, doubling, time, measurement…)
- science (reactions when you mix ingredients, STEM!)
- following directions / sequencing a task
- life skills of using a kitchen / kitchen safety
- …and so much more!
Think back to when you first learned to make a PBJ. That, at least for me, was an epic day… and it still is, considering it is one of the 5 things that I can cook and not mess up.
Anyway, the first time you made a PBJ it all by yourself, how excited were you?! How proud were you? How proud were your parents?!
Cooking is kind of one of those rights of passage that you just learn over time. Well now it’s time for our students to start cooking even earlier in life and you can be the one to make it happen! (read more below about how I get parents on board and excited too!)
So how do you plan for cooking in the classroom?
Like you plan for everything else, you will plan with a calendar. Choose one day of the week or one date each month that you will dedicate a lesson to cooking. It could be every Friday you cook in the morning (that’s what we do in my classroom), or you could do a quick cooking lesson the day after you finish a big math unit. It’s all up to you.
But how do you get parents on board with cooking in the classroom?
We see so many students with food allergies these days, that we need to be careful when planning for cooking.
One thing I do to reassure parents is send a permission form home each month, listing out all of the recipes and ingredients we will be cooking with that month. I do send the form home at least 1 week ahead of time, giving me a chance to make alternative snack preparations for students who have allergies.
On the days we cook, I also send home the recipes mats students completed in class. The no bake recipe card goes home with each child too, as well as a student survey that each child completes after trying the recipe… this gives parents information on new foods their child may like, as well as an activity they can do with their child at home. THIS builds buy in.
You probably think you don’t have time for cooking in the classroom, right? Between assessments, data collection, and everything else… cooking just cannot fit into your schedule.
Sorry to be the bearer of good news, friend, but it can.
Here is a quick snapshot into what cooking in the classroom looks like in my self-contained, special needs classroom:
- Thursday – we complete the visual recipe sequencing mat. This substitutes as our fine motor lesson for the day, as students need to cut and paste. It also helps build our communication skills.
- Friday Morning – we cook recipes in the morning from 9-930ish. We then finish our ELA lesson, go to recess and lunch. When we come back (around 11:15AM), we divide up servings for snack (which is later in the day) and save one snack serving for each student.
- Friday Afternoon – every Friday in the early afternoon we pass out servings of our recipe to teachers and staff in the building. We use our core boards and communication skills to ask teachers and staff if they would like a serving of what we’ve cooked. (This step may be omitted for larger class sizes, or students could take turns each week.)
Now that we’ve covered the logistics of the why and the how, let’s talk about the what.
What recipes can you make in your classroom throughout the year that you don’t need a stove or an oven for? Better yet, there can’t possibly be enough recipes out there that are easy enough for elementary students to cook. I’m kidding…
There are so many recipes out there for you to use in your classroom, it’s kind of crazy. Some are definitely more simple than others and there might be some that you just can’t touch (insert peanut allergy here).
I’m not saying finding the right recipes for your students will be easy, but I’ve definitely made it easier with this guy and this guy.
With my Fun Food Friday pack, I’ve planned it all out for you, Friday by Friday for the entire school year. Not only do you get 39 total recipes and the cooking calendar, you get the whole enchilada (I kid again, those aren’t on the classroom menu). You get a step-by-step activity mat for every single recipe, the calendar includes ingredients on it, and there’s a boy and girl version of the allergy permission slip for you to send home at the beginning of each month.
With the No Bake Visual Recipes Bundle, you get 5 recipes for each month of the year, totaling 60 no bake visual recipes. The best part is that this unit uses REAL PICTURES of each step of the recipe.
Each month’s recipes come with:
• Recipe card (that lists kitchen tools and ingredients needed) and recipe survey
• Visual recipe and sequencing mat
• Adapted visual recipe workpages / file folder
• 4” sequencing cards
• Comprehension questions
Try both out for free to see how engaging and beneficial cooking in the classroom is. I promise you, your classroom will be forever changed.
KEEP READING: The only kitchen supplies you need for cooking in the classroom. Find out what they are here.
What do you think about cooking in the classroom? What questions do you still have?