how to avoid feeling hangry

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Here is a little cheat sheet on mindful eating for some much needed guidance as I’ve really fallen off the wagon lately with snacking.  It’s the holidays and usually it isn’t an issue for me; but I’ve succumbed to the temptations of sugary drinks, ice cream, chocolate and poor choices in the on-the-road munchies department (I accidentally bought a bag of salted, instead of unsalted, pretzels).  I think my mind is temporarily set in this unhealthy mode because I have it on the back of my mind that I’ll have plenty of opportunities to be healthy next year (in two weeks). When in reality, I should just do it right now.  With that being said, my breaking of healthy habits motivated me to compile a list of healthy snack options below.

SNACKING IDEAS

  • Nutrition/Protein/Granola bars  (choose low sugar: < 5g sugar; lowfat: < 3g fat; high protein: > 5g protein)
  • Protein shake with 8 oz water or milk (15-25g protein)
  • String cheese (always pack two 1 ounce sticks in your bag)
  • Handful of roasted soy nuts, nuts, and seeds  (unsalted)
  • Soybeans/edamame, garbanzo beans or other legume based dish (1 cup)
  • Nut butter, hummus, or lowfat cheese/cottage cheese (1-2 tbsp only) with a handful of whole grain: pretzels, crackers, breadsticks (unsalted)
  • Nut butter or hummus (1-2 tbsp only) on whole grain: bread, english muffin, bagel, pita, rice cakes
  • Peanut butter with sliced banana, apple, or celery
  • Lowfat yogurt topped with whole grain cereal or banana
  • Smoothie made with lowfat yogurt, protein powder and fruit (6 oz)
  • Sliced turkey, chicken breast, or tuna (low sodium, organic, antibiotic free and hormone free is best) with whole grain crackers or one slice of bread
  • Whole grain cold or hot cereal with lowfat or nonfat milk (1 cup)
  • Legume soup (1 cup)
  • Vegetables with lowfat cottage cheese, nut butter or hummus
  • Homemade trail mix or granola which can be easily made healthy with less sugar, more protein and fiber than store bought options
  • One egg scrambled with veggies (spinach, kale, bell peppers, tomatoes) and a few slices of avocado
  • Mini banana protein pancakes (with flavored protein powder like chocolate, vanilla, etc)
  • Mini sweet potato muffins

For helpful tips on snacking,  learn more here.

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(Source: infographic via Anca Roberta-Vlasan)

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7 thoughts on “how to avoid feeling hangry

  1. lmao featured image

    but for real though, i know this person that pisses me the f off when she’s hungry 😠 then she eats and it’s like nothing ever happened, lol.

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