What to Eat Between Classes (Very Quickly) When You’re Teaching ESL Online

What to Eat Between Classes as an Online ESL Teacher

Every experienced ESL teacher knows just how hectic trying to get a bite to eat between classes can be. When you’re getting ready to clock in, you’re lucky if you get to guzzle some coffee before you say your first greeting. But by 7 or so, your tummy is growling and you’re ready to nom nom – but you’ve still got 2 hours of work left and are left wondering what to eat between classes. Well, you can go for one of these easy and yummy snacks to hold you over!

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Not only are bananas tasty, but they are also incredibly healthy (and filling!) They offer up a large dose of fiber and potassium to keep your blood sugar levels steady and stomach satisfied. Plus, you can literally just grab one and go. Just make sure you keep a paper towel or napkin next to you so that you can set it down and pick it up again for quick bites between classes!

Breakfast bars

Ah yes, another tried and true favorite: the breakfast bar. These guys, which can also be called cereal bars, come in a variety of flavors, shapes, sizes, and brands. You can find everything from your favorite fruits mixed with nuts and/or oats, to something with a little bit (or a lot) of chocolate. These lemon bars from Fiber One are super tasty and they only contain 90 calories! They are a terrific option when you’re thinking about what to eat between classes too because they are fairly small and yet ultra-satisfying.


Smoothies are another terrific option for getting your nutrients and satisfying your cravings during your 2-minute break between classes. You can whip a smoothie up depending on your preferences. I always use banana for something filling as a base and add Greek yogurt, some berries, a small scoop of matcha powder along with some vanilla protein powder, and of course, Silk coconut milk. That’s a lot of awesome stuff packed into a single drink that you can sip on as you go! You can read one great recipe here. Of course, this works best if you whip your smoothie up before class and keep it next to you to sip during breaks.


If you like to keep your snacking fairly healthy and you’re all about breaking out of the traditional breakfast food zone, this one may be for you. Chop up some carrots and celery and stock up on snap peas and stick them in serving-sized baggies or Tupperware containers. That way, you can quickly grab just enough to satisfy your hunger. If you like the veggie idea but want something a little more you can try dipping them in hummus.

Breakfast Cookies

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Cookies aren’t necessarily the first thing you may think of at 5:00 in the morning, but they can actually be incredibly nutritious (and energizing!) Breakfast cookies are a great way to fill up quickly and of course, they’re delicious. You can make them the night before so that all you have to do is grab them in the morning with your coffee! If you’re not up for making your own, Belvita makes these awesome ones that are great for nibbling on between classes.

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