I am sure you have seen the Snickers commercial. Someone is acting like a diva because they are hangry (if you are unfamiliar with this term: hungry + angry = hangry. Get it?) Someone tells the diva to chill and hands him a Snickers bar, then suddenly the diva becomes himself again. This we probably can all relate to.
As a model, I am constantly on the go and don’t always have the convenience of sitting down for a warm meal or eating when my tummy growls. When I am on the plane or in commute, I keep snacks and water on me at all times. I know myself and when I can’t eat when my body tells me to…it’s something like a female Hulk crossed with grumpy cat. I am cranky, sleepy, unyielding and can’t make a decision to save my life. Frankly, it’s not attractive and I am not proud of my behavior. As soon as I refuel my body, it’s a huge relief. Insert Beiber song: Is it too late now to say sorry?
Here is a list of snacks I keep on hand. Here we go:
I was on the hunt for protein bars. Trial after trial, I was consistently hungry 10 minutes after snacking and then shortly after I felt fatigued. What was up? I read ingredients and discovered the common denominator: sugar and carbs. These “protein bars” contained rice protein, high sugars, and soy. Then I stumbled upon EPIC. 100 percent grass fed meat from lamb, beef, bison, pork, and turkey so it’s good for the land, the animals, and your own body. It’s not your typical jerky; so don’t be skeptical until you try.
For those who are vegetarian and vegan: these are bomb! Nuts and fruits mixed up into a delicious bar. I can count the ingredients on one hand. Sweetened with dates and packed with good fats and seeds. I like pairing this with an espresso to have a little something-something sweet to wake up. No added refined sugars here!
Nuts and dried fruit:
Very simple. Try mixing your own because often times pre-made trail mix contains unhealthy oils (cough, canola, cough) or sweeteners and can also be more expensive. Buy raw and mix your favorites. Nuts are rich in omega-3 fatty acids and give a good boost of energy.
When I was in Thailand, I have never experienced fruit in this way. I woke up at 6 in the morning and ate freshly picked fruit every day. I once ordered a young coconut and the Thai man went to look and came back with “coconuts no good today. Not ready.” Even though I was disappointed I couldn’t drink coconut water that day, I was so pleased they weren’t picking fruit just to sell. The coconut was “no good” so I had to wait for nature. When fruit is picked at the right time, it tastes more like a fruit should–sweet (and delicious) with more color and nutritional value. Now since we can’t go to Thailand…sigh, buy organic and local and opt for fruits that are lower in sugar and high in antioxidants i.e. blueberries, strawberries, blackberries.
Try keeping these snacks with you and don’t let yourself get hangry.