5 Snacks teachers love

Are you a future teacher wondering how you will make it through the day when you’re used to eating whatever you want whenever you want? Are you like me and get light headed if you go without snacking for too long? Don’t fear. There are lots of snacks teachers love that lend themselves to healthy munching during class, between classes, or in the work room.

Ask any teacher what they have to snack on in their desk drawer right now. I bet they’ve got something. Here are some of my favorites:

1. Trail mix

Trail mix is definitely a snack teachers love, but you’ve got to be careful with trail mix because if you have any students with severe nut allergies in your classes it might cause a problem. You should be notified by the school nurse of any of these cases before the school year begins.

You also need to be cautious about calorie intake. A little goes a long way when it comes to trail mix!

The great thing about trail mix is you can take a bite here and there and it is so satisfying. I like making my own with dried pineapple, peanuts, raisins, and chocolate chips, but you can also buy it in bulk and just keep it in your desk drawer for when you need it.

The only downside is I feel gross sticking my dirty “school hands” in a bag of food. That’s why I keep one of these on my desk.

2. Fruit Bars

I order these all the time! I don’t get the sample pack because I’ve figured out the flavors I like (blueberry, fig, and pomegranate). I love the taste of them and they are really hardy, but I also feel good about eating them because they are all natural and non GMO.

Another reason teachers love this snack is the packaging. I can push the bar up in the package and never have to touch it, which is a benefit for germaphobes like me.

The only grocery store I’ve found them in is Kroger, so Amazon is the best bet. If you find them somewhere else let me know in the comments!

3. Granola Bars

I like my school snacks to be 200 calories or less and many granola bars don’t fit that criteria, but I have found some that I love:

  1. You can never go wrong with a classic Nature Valley Oats ‘n Honey Granola Bar. These have been around forever and with good reason. They are 190 calories for two bars, they are made with whole grain, and there aren’t any ingredients on the nutrition panel that I can’t pronounce.
  2. I also really like the Nature Valley Sweet and Salty Nut, Almond Granola Bars. They come in at only 160 calories, but are really satisfying. They are also easier to eat than the Oats’n Honey ones because the layer of yogurt on the bottom keeps them from crumbling.
  3. I love Luna Bars, and most of them come in under my 200 calorie requirement, but they can get expensive at upwards of a dollar a bar. It’s worth it if you’re very health conscious, because Luna packs their products with whole grains and protein. My favorite flavor is Lemon-zest. It’s so refreshing.

I’m personally not as big a fan of the Quaker Chewy brand of granola bars because I just don’t find them as filling or satisfying.

4. Graham Crackers

Graham Crackers
Prepping my graham cracker snack!

Graham crackers are great because they are so versatile. I like to have a box of them in my pantry at home. Then, when I’m packing my daily snack, I put a few out and stack them with honey in between, or peanut butter, or jelly, or all of the above. I had graham crackers with honey for my snack today and it was so delicious! You can also get the cinnamon graham crackers, which are yummy just on their own. Trader Joe’s makes a killer cinnamon graham cracker!

For a standard graham cracker, I like Honey Maid because they are made with 100% whole grain. You can even get the pre-packaged snack sized ones to make it even easier. Some stores cary generic graham crackers that are even cheaper, but are made with the same ingredients.

I’ve even seen teachers and students snacking on Scooby Snack Graham Crackers together. I’ll admit my kids love the Scooby Graham crackers and I feel pretty good about letting them have them because aren’t too bad nutritionally.


I’m not much of a chip eater. They tend to be pretty unhealthy, but last year I found PopCorners. They are an addictive cross between popcorn and chips, but that’s ok because they come in single serving packs and most of them are around 130 calories per pack. They come in several flavors and I started with the variety pack and then decided that Kettle Corn and Sea Salt are my favorite!

So fear not future teachers, you can still stay healthy, keep your blood sugar up, and grab a snack when you’re bordering on hangry.

What’s your favorite snack? Tell me in the comments or Tweet it to me @ATeachersGuide.

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I am a National Board Certified educator currently teaching in Virginia. I have taught the following: English 9, 10, 11, and 12 (on academic, collaborative, and honors levels); Dual Enrollment English; Mass Communications, Yearbook, Newspaper, and Communications Technology. I have experience in five different school systems, four in Virginia and one in Maryland. I served as my school’s 2019 Teacher of the Year and was a top five finalist for the Teacher of the Year for Virginia Beach City Public Schools. I am passionate about recruiting and retaining quality educators in our public schools. Let me help you find your path to changing lives through teaching!

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