We’ve all been there—you’re giving a lesson and your stomach suddenly starts rumbling louder than a broken air conditioner. Your kids notice the funny look on your face but you gotta push through. Lunch is hours away (or already happened), running out of the classroom to grab an almost expired yogurt from the teacher’s lounge fridge isn’t an option and while you may have a smashed up candy bar hidden deep in your desk—you want something a little healthier and way more substantial to get through.
Help is here! We’ve rounded up some of the best non refrigerated (mostly) healthy classroom snack ideas. Perfect picks to keep in your desk whether you’re working through lunch, grading papers well after the final bell or need an extra boost during a mid-morning/late afternoon slump.
1. Bakerly Crepes
Ever wish you were sipping a latte and eating crepes in a Parisian cafe instead of, you know, answering the same question for the 100th time in a row? These individually packaged crepes don’t even need to be zapped in the microwave. Just unwrap, transport yourself and enjoy!
2. Oven Baked Parm Crisps
If you want low-carb, high-protein alternatives to chips and crackers — this cheesy choice satisfies those cravings for something crunchy.
3. Mrs. Thinster’s Cookie Thins
When your sweet tooth acts up, you can give in with these crunchy cookies. Best of all, they come in a variety of flavors (chocolate chip, pumpkin spice or cake batter, anyone?) and are made with no artificial ingredients.
A HUGE hit in Japan, these chewy candies can curb any craving. Want a soda? Check out their “Fizzies” in cola and orange soda flavors. Feel like something fruity? Their “tropical mix” is a great fix.
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5. Cucina & Amore Quinoa Meals
When you forget your lunch or you want something more special than ordinary PB&J, these ready-to-eat meals are pretty much a gift from heaven. They come with a cup of fully cooked quinoa, a sauce to mix in, plus a spork. If you want to heat it up, you can, but no need to! We highly recommend the artichoke roasted flavor but manago jalapeno has a zesty kick for those with a more daring palette!
6. Giants Pistachios
We know, we know — nuts are a snooze. Hear us out … these pistachios come in tons of fun flavors like bacon ranch and salt & pepper. But the best? Dill pickle! Don’t knock it until you’ve tried it — and are hooked!
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7. Del Monte Fruit & Chia
We love these fruit cups with a twist. Peaches in Strawberry Dragon fruit flavored chia and pears in blackberry flavored chia are two of our go-tos!
8. Country Archer Jerky Co.
If you’re on a Paleo or gluten-free track, jerky is a must for snacking on the go. From beef to turkey jerky, in flavors like sriracha and teriyaki — they’re a gourmet taste to your day.
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