Have you ever had that rumbly feeling in your stomach, where all of the sudden you’re in need of food or some bad things might go down. Like if you don’t eat right NOW, the Hangry Monster may come out and seek its wrath on everyone and any and all food in its path. Raise your hand if you’ve gone through the first drive thru you see and ordering everything from the dollar menu.
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That isn’t always the best strategy when we’re looking to develop healthier eating habits.
Even with the most focused of plans where we meal prep religiously, there are still those moments when we find ourselves out of the house, running errands, doing this, that, and the other thing. The problem arises when we shoot for the either the first thing we see, or in most cases the quickest option. And that quick option is almost always either the drive thru or the convenience store like 7-11. What’s our solution? How do we plan for what is an unplanned circumstance?
I found myself in this situation not long after a training session where I had to leave the gym right away to pick up my kids, and had relatively no time to stop and get actual food. So what were my options? I could have hit up the drive thru, as there are several along the highway or I could stop at the store and pick up something quick, healthy, and would hold me over till I was able to get home for dinner and a full meal. I obviously chose the latter option, otherwise this post wouldn’t be happening. So what did I get?
Whether its a gas station store (some have great markets) or a store like 7-11, they are always packed with food that can lead you down a path of good decisions, or one of bad decisions. They don’t necessarily make it easy for you to avoid the bad decisions as the pizza, candy, donuts is front and center, often highlighted in glass cases, screaming at you to buy them.
Except you’re on a mission to find foods that will bring you closer to your goals, not further away. In this case you want to search for foods that are going to be nutrient dense, that are packed with protein with minimal sugar, and have the potential to hold your hunger off till you are able to eat a full meal.
Going back to my journey for gainz, the healthiest options I decided on were a small package of hummus and pretzels, beef jerky, and water. High protein, relatively low calorie, and water to wash it all down with, because sometimes when we think we’re hungry, we’re just dehydrated and in need of water. However, those weren’t the only options out there. There are plenty of healthy options to grab when you are on the go and need a quick bite to eat.
- Small packets of protein powder
- Nuts & Seeds
- Pre-sliced fruits and vegetables
- Hard Boiled Eggs-
The options are there, you just need to choose them.
What you want to try to avoid is the the candy aisle, the bakery items, and in some cases the section with the myriad of protein and nutrition bars. The bars may seem like good options, but if you’re going to pick one, do your due diligence on the ingredients.
Another thing to consider…
Keep Snacks on Hand
This may or may not be a realistic option depending on how much you like to prepare and plan ahead of time. There are lots of items you could keep on hand, whether in a bag or in the car that can stave off the Hangry Monster. Keeping food in your bag or in the car likely increases the chances of it going bad. If you kept cut up vegetables in your bag, they’d go bad really fast. However, you could keep different kinds of nuts in your bag or in the car, just remember to be cautious on how much you eat as they pack a high caloric/fat punch.
Avoid letting the hangryness get the best of you. There are options out there to stay on track. You just have to make the chocie.