We have all experienced the usual, perhaps mid-afternoon hangry (hungry + angry) mood that creeps on us towards the end of school or a long day. What is it exactly and how do we best treat it?
There is in fact a reason why people tend to get angry when hungry. IFLScience (iflscience.com) explains how “hangry” occurs. When a person eats, carbohydrates, fats, and proteins are digested into simple sugars (like glucose), amino acids, and free fatty acids. The human brain is dependent on glucose, so as time passes by without eating, glucose levels fall. Low glucose levels makes it hard for the brain to concentrate and perform simple tasks.
While it is important to grab something to eat when you feel hangry, you should consider picking a snack that would keep good glucose levels. This means it is wise to choose a snack that keeps you feeling full and gives you a boost of energy.
How to pick a good snack depends upon making sure there is a good balance between protein and some possible complex-carbs. Fiber is also known to keep the human body fuller. For more numerical information, Real Simple suggest eating a snack with about 5 grams of protein (www.realsimple.com).
Below are suggestions of quick, healthy, and easy snacks that will keep you energized:
- Apple + 1-2 Tbsp of a nut butter
Why is this a good snack? An apple has some healthy sugar that natural comes from fruits. Peanut butter, almond butter, and other nut butters have good protein.
- Greek yogurt + berries + granola
This snack provides a good balance between some protein, complex-carbs, and fruit. Greek yogurt has good protein, while berries like blueberries and strawberries have some natural sugar. Depending on the type of granola bought, most times, granola provides a balance between protein and carbs.
Grabbing a yogurt for the on-the-go also works well. For example, some small Chobani yogurts contain about 14 grams of protein. If you’re in a pinch, check out some protein-strong yogurts or yogurt smoothies.
- Carrots or pita chips with Hummus
Premade or store-bought humus contains protein. Eat a serving of hummus with some carrots or pita chips. Cut up pita bread is also an option with hummus.
- Trail Mix or a handful of nuts
Nuts contain good protein. Trail mix is a good option for people who might want a little sweet in their snack (trail mix usually has some M&Ms or chocolate chips). This is a great snack that is easy to eat on the go and doesn’t require any preparing.
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