Hangry. You may not have ever heard of it but you have most probably seen it in action. It even has it’s own website!
Hanger, for those not brushed up on the lingo, is the adverb for the emotion some people experience when they get hungry. It may be more important to keep yourself and little ones well fed/snacked than well rested (if that is even possible) to avoid total kinipshits and complete melt downs, and I’m not just talking about the kids. “When hangry around immediate family, you fall back into all the youngest/middle/oldest child complexes you had as a child, which obviously means yelling and tears. Then, after you’ve eaten, you swear you’ll start appreciating your family more.” — Kristen Aiken, Senior Editor, HuffPost
There is scientific reasoning behind this hangry phenomenon, which can be completely preventable. Studies conclude that when a person’s blood-glucose levels drop, they are more likely to be triggered and “act out in anger against their significant others.” Ideally you want to keep yours and your little ones’ glucose levels from spiking and dropping throughout the day.
Little ones and big ones (especially pregnant and breastfeeding mamas) can just be hungry all the time so carrying a slew of snacks around is a great idea regardless. Keep them healthy like seaweed, organic carrots, etc… I carry around a bottle of spirulina in my bag so if I do get caught short and I have only a gas station near by I buy the popcorn and sprinkle some spirulina onto it. When at home almond butter on celery sticks, spinach leaves with hummus, fresh fruit or organic popcorn sprinkled with nutritional yeast and olive oil works as a great snack to tie you over.
Proteins help you feel satisfied longer and are awesome as they are jam packed with amino acids (the building blocks for the body). Obviously meats are high in protein but so too are nuts, seeds, beans, and greens such as spinach, broccoli and artichokes.
Magnesium also plays a significant role in controlling blood sugar so again dark leafy greens are champions – think kale chips. Nuts and seeds, beans, avocadoes, bananas and dried fruit are also noted for their magnesium qualities, and if you need an excuse to eat chocolate, dark chocolate is also reported to be a good source of magnesium.
Below is a very quick and easy quinoa recipe for those on the go with very little prepping that will hopefully keep the hanger at bay.
(Recently I have had a batch of quiona ready to go in the fridge that can last a few days. Quinoa is easy to cook up – it is just one part quinoa two parts water. The way I do it is boil it for 5 minutes and then turn the heat off. In 15 minutes the quinoa should be fluffy and ready to go. You can use warm or cold. I mix the spinach with the quinoa while I’m poaching the egg in boiling water for a few minutes. I then drain and place on top of quinoa and drizzel with olive oil and seasoning. I top it off with a sliced half avocado. You can also vary it up by putting a veggie burger/bean burger on top with added cucumber or left over baked sweet potato. Either way it is quick and easy and hits the spot every time!
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