Four Snack Ideas for a Day of Substituting

As a substitute teacher, you will be on the move the entire day. You want to be prepared for when hunger hits, even if it isn’t lunch time. Vending machines and school cafeterias can really disappoint, so here are some snacks to pack for your day with children.

1. Nut mixes: Mixed nuts are the most portable and satisfying snack teachers can bring for a day of kids. Cashews, almonds, macadamia, and pecan are all fuel for hungry teachers. These nut mixes are excellent for a mid-morning snack or an afternoon pick-me-up. They provide the body healthy fats and proteins to keep you full and satisfied while you’re wrangling kids to and from their specials or classes. They are easy to pack, and they fit in your pocket. They keep you away from the vending machine, and you can snack on them all day.

2. Fruit: An apple, banana, bundle of grapes, or a bag of cut up strawberries can satisfy your cravings for sweets. If you’re hungry for chocolate or sugar, tap into nature’s sugar with fresh fruit. In addition, Lara bars or dried fruit are great alternatives to fresh fruit. By choosing these healthy options, your body will thank you, and you’ll feel strong enough to master that math or grammar lesson.

3. Veggies and Hummus: If you know you are going to have a heavy week of subbing, take some time on Sunday to cut up celery, carrots, cucumbers, and broccoli. If you put them in individual bags or use this fruit and veggie bowl to carry them, you’ll be so glad you prepared ahead of time when the 2 o’clock hunger hits. Adding these individual cups of hummus will make this snack even more delicious. Fresh vegetables and hummus won’t weigh you down, and you’ll be hydrated and happy until the day is done.

4. Salsa Rolls: Need something a little more filling for your day? Salsa rolls are easy to make and to pack in your lunch box. You just need these items to make them:

In a bowl, soften the cream cheese. When finished, combine with the salsa. On a tortilla, fill the middle with the salsa/cream cheese concoction. Sprinkle with cayenne and some cheese. Roll up the tortilla into a cigar shape. Slice the tortilla into rolls. Continue until all of the mixture is used. For best results, put in the refrigerator over night. Throw them into a Sestina snack container in the morning, and you’ve got a yummy, bit sized snack for a day of teaching.

Keeping your body fueled and hydrated is essential. You have to feel your best to bring the best out in the students. By planning ahead with these healthy snacks, you’ll be ready to tackle the day’s events. For more information regarding substitute teaching, contact Sub Sidekick.

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