Tobins' Tastes: Back To School Teachers' Snack Basket

Tuesday, August 9, 2016

Back To School Teachers' Snack Basket

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For teachers, Back To School always starts about a week earlier than it does for students. In a way, teacher workdays might be more stressful than the actual first day of school. There are meetings, trainings, professional development, setting up your classroom, catching up with co-workers. So much is going on that it can be easy to to get three to four hours into your day without realizing that you haven't stopped once to sit down and have a snack or eat breakfast. 

Any teacher can tell you that the teachers' lounge is always filled with not so good for you snacks and empty calorie treats and in a pinch it is tempting to fill up on those instead of making better for you choices. This year I wanted to give my fellow teachers some satisfying snack options that would a little more healthy than the typical donuts, candy and baked goods that are often available during this week. 

Did you know that you are suppose to get at least 48 grams of whole grains a day? In an effort to make that easier for my fellow teachers I grabbed a few Nabisco snack items at Walmart last week that are all made with 5-25g of whole grain per serving.  (I had no idea that even Teddy Grahams have 8g per serving!) Including whole grains in your day can help you get through the whole day even when that day might be a very long teacher workday.

I arranged the snack items in an easy to carry basket and put some Greek Yogurt Spinach Dip and Hummus to go with the TRISCUIT Thin Crisps (25g of whole grain per serving) and the Wheat Thins (21g per serving). I put the Fig Newtons, Teddy Grahams and Honey Maid in individual cupcake liners by portion size so that it would be easy to grab the perfectly portioned snack on the go. The belVita Breakfast Biscuits are already portioned in their packaging and make for a great addition to any workday breakfast along with some fruit or yogurt. 

As a teacher, I know that any workplace would love to get a little back to school love in the form of a Snack Basket like this one so I created a few printable signs to include with a gift basket in case you want to make one of your own.  I had mine printed on card stock because it's a little sturdier and holds up better. All you need to do to print them is to click on the image and you will be taken to a site to download and print them. If that doesn't work you can just click on these links: Chalkboard version or the Lined Paper version

Select Walmarts will be holding in-store demos featuring these products on  August 11th and 12th so be sure to check and see if your local store is one of them! 

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