15 Real Teacher Lunches That Will Inspire You to Pack Yours More Often

Just because you can eat a whole sleeve of Oreos during recess doesn’t mean you should.

15 Real Teacher Lunches

When you’re running from the copier to recess duty and back again, it’s easy to fall back on fast-food teacher lunches and granola bars wolfed down in the car.

We get it. That’s why we’re always on the lookout for better ideas that are inexpensive, easy to pack and nutritious too. These teachers showed us how it’s done.

1. Lots of nibbles.

Who says you have to pack a sandwich or leftovers? Snacks FTW.

Packin snacks for classroom setup nibblin… #teacherlunch #organizeyourselfskinny #mealpreponfleek

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2. Salads in a jar.

You’ve seen them on Pinterest, but honestly they don’t have to be complicated and they’re a great way to get the veggies in.

3. A build-your-own yogurt parfait.

With veggies and an energy bar on the side. Sold.

4. A whole week of burrito bowls.

Why stop at Taco Tuesday?

5. Chicken tikka masala.

BRB, drooling.

6. Breakfast for lunch.

This is inspired.

7. Pasta to go.

Standing on your feet all day does require carb-loading.

8. Wrap it up.

Switch up your sandwich.

My daily lunch. A turkey, cheese, and lettuce wrap with fruit and veggie sticks. #teacherlunch

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9. A rainbow of veggies.

Get your colors in.

10. Recycled containers.

Yogurt in an ice cream pint? Brilliant.

11. Tiny boxes.

Rather than go the mason jar route, this teacher packs her salad ingredients in individual containers so that everything is fresh come noon (or 10:30 at my school).

12. Soup with all the toppings.

Putting it in a glass bowl helps you feel civilized.

13. Chicken gyros.

I want to be this teacher’s friend.

Homemade grilled chicken gyro with veggies, cucumber dill yogurt & pop chips. #myfitpal #teacherlunch

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14. Stir-fried goodness.

Beats whatever they’re serving in the cafeteria.

15. Bacon-fat popcorn.

Plus lots of other yummy things … but also, bacon-fat popcorn.

What did YOU have for lunch today?

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Posted by Hannah Hudson

Hannah Hudson is the editorial director of WeAreTeachers. You can follow her on Twitter at @hannahthudson or on Facebook here. Email her at hannah@weareteachers.com.

One Comment

  1. These are great ideas! I just wish recipes were included for a cooking novice like me 🙁 At least for the stir fry, gyro, chicken masala, and potato soup…

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