Being a teacher is hard work and when looking after so many students, let’s be honest, sometimes it’s your own wellbeing that takes a hit. This is especially true when it comes to lunch. Fast food options may seem easy when you’re hustling and bustling, but they do come with downsides…namely for your wallet and health. So, why not invest in a packed lunch? The benefits of meal prep for teachers are many. Here are just a few reasons why you should adopt the habit.
It may not seem like it, but meal preparation can actually save you a fair bit of time in the long run. Especially on the job. How? Instead of deciding where and what you will eat at work, you already have the options sorted giving you more time to focus on your students. We recommend picking an afternoon, ideally a weekend, to choose your recipes, pre-chop and cook. All you then have to do at school is find a microwave if necessary and voila – the rest is history.
The brilliant thing about cooking in advance is that you stop spending money day-to-day. When you’re hungry you’re also likely to over order, or go with what your gut is telling you to eat, which if you’re anything like us, is usually expensive. By planning the week out in advance, you can actually choose cost-effective healthy recipes. Don’t know where to start? We've got you. Here are a few cheap recipes we love:
In our opinion the biggest positive of meal preparation is the effect it has on health. We’ve all fallen victim to a work bought lunch, and while fast food brings the taste, it has a less than desirable effect on our health.
Packed full of saturated fats, oils, and preservatives they increase the risk of heart disease, diabetes, high blood pressure and obesity – to name but a few diseases. When you are preparing your own meals, you have full control over the ingredients being used. There are no added nasties, and if you’re really dedicated you can go out of your way to choose extra-healthy recipes.