As an educator, there’s a lot more on your plate than just breakfast or lunch — but if you skip a meal, you’ll be running on fumes until the last bell rings. Here are a handful of ideas you can either make ahead or whip up in a hurry and easily eat on lunch duty. 

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8 Lunches You Can Eat in a Time Crunch

8 Lunches You Can Eat in a Time Crunch

Sometimes, it’s impossible to even find an available microwave at school. Luckily, these healthy, tasty lunches taste great at any temperature!

“Snacks” for Lunch

  • Roasted Red Pepper Hummus
    • Whip up your hummus ahead of time (or buy some at the grocery store), then pair it with veggies or whole wheat pita bread.
  • Healthy Lunch Packs
    • Mix and match your favorite lean meats, cheeses, fruits, veggies and crackers and call it “charcuterie for one!”

Mason Jar Salads

Prep and refrigerate these salads in mason jars overnight so they’re easy to grab on your way out. Pro tip: Leave dressings and sauces on the side so your veggies don’t get soggy!


If you’re overwhelmed by just the thought of meal prep, remember that healthy food will provide the energy you need for juggling everything else. It can be challenging to balance your workload with self-care, but hopefully these recipes can help!