Hangry: Why you need to pack “emergency” snacks

Hangry: Why you need to pack “emergency” snacks

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Hangry. I’m sure you’ve heard of this term before. But if not, it’s a state of anger caused by hunger. Guilty. As. Charged. So, to avoid causing too much riff among my friends, family and coworkers, I have started packing healthy snacks everywhere I go. I always have something in my purse. And I’m going to tell you why you should, too.

Having emergency healthy snacks with you puts you in control of what foods you eat on the go. Ever find yourself on the go and can only find nutrient lacking, junk foods to satisfy your initial craving? I think we’ve all been there. We pump ourselves full of sugary, fatty processed foods and, in turn, end up feeling tired with a possible stomach ache.

Take more control of your food choices by planning ahead. Know you’re going to be running errands? On the road? At a meeting? Take something with you! A little bit of planning goes a long way, y’all. (More to come on full meal prepping, as well.)

Having healthy snacks when you feel hunger coming on will keep you from overeating when you actually get the chance to eat a meal.

And also, never forget to have water with you AT ALL TIMES! Water is essential for so many bodily functions, but I can tell you that staying hydrated is going to also help keep you from overeating. Being dehydrated gives you the same feeling as being hungry. So try drinking some water before indulging in a boo-coo of calories.

Healthy, on-the-go snacks:

Now, don’t get me wrong, some of these listed above are processed. However, they all at least contain decent nutrients and will sustain you better than a Snickers. I encourage you to stock up on some of the above choices, stick some in your car, your backpack, your purse, your briefcase, your shoe šŸ˜€ and eat mindfully and healthfully!

Healthy is wealth, invest in yourself!

Easy Energy Balls Recipe – Multiple Variations

Easy Energy Balls Recipe – Multiple Variations

One of my favorite go to snacks are protein bars but these can get pricey and questionable when bought packaged in the store. Protein bars often have added sweeteners and hard-to-pronounce ingredients. I’ll admit, I still do buy them for convenience from time to time but I definitely prefer to make my own healthier protein treats, especially since knowing how simple and easy they really are. These protein balls are one of my all time favorite healthy snacks.

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Don’t over-complicate making a good tasting protein bar/ball. All you need is a few simple ingredients and a little bit of time. I will include below common ingredients I use in my protein balls or bars but the amount and measurements are up to you! Experiment! I only measure these out if I am strictly counting my calories and macro-ingredients (fats, proteins, carbs). Otherwise, mix away and have fun!

Commonly used ingredients:

  • Oats
  • Peanut/almond butter
  • Coconut oil
  • Protein powder
  • Stevia
  • Honey
  • Chia or Flax seed
  • Vanilla extract
  • Dried fruit
  • Yogurt* (as needed for binding)
  • Milk* (as needed for binding)

Mix your dry ingredients together and separately mix your wet ingredients together. Then add wet and dry mixes together. Test the consistency when rolling into a ball or pressing into a pan; if too dry, add yogurt or milk. You want the balls or bars to hold their shape and not crumble apart. Add the yogurt and/or milk in small quantities to reach desired consistency. Once formed into balls or pressed into foiled or wax paper lined pan, put in refrigerator or freezer and store.

These also make great treats to take to gatherings or add to your child’s lunch. A friend of mine makes these for healthier Halloween party treats for kids. You can feel better about handing them out knowing they are nutritious and are made with good-for-you foods! You can even make these seasonal by adding in spices or flavorings  (i.e. pumpkin pie spice, peppermint) as you wish.

Enjoy!