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:
- Protein bars
- Granola bars, a favorite of mine is the Clif Energy Bar
- Peanut butter
- Tuna packet
- Energy balls – See my tips for making healthy energy balls!
- And water. Don’t forget that.
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 😀 and eat mindfully and healthfully!
Healthy is wealth, invest in yourself!