Los Angeles’s number one nutritionist and esteemed advisor to the best meal delivery service, Alyse Levine, recently sat down with LA’s own KTLA to discuss the best foods to eat when you’re hangry. Hanger is caused by waiting too long to eat and eating large portions of simple refined carbohydrates like cookies, chips, candy, etc. when you’re hungry. So instead of snacking on junk food while you wait for lunch or dinner, you should be reaching for foods with a combination of fiber, healthy fat and protein. We think that the world would be a lot better with less hangry people, so we’re here to share the best foods to eat when you’re hangry:
As Alyse describes, edamame isn’t just another green vegetable. Edamame is loaded in healthy fat and protein. Did you know that 3/4 of a cup of edamame has more protein than a palm sized portion of red meat? Us either! Even better, edamame is sold at practically every grocery store or supermarket so there’s no excuse to skip this one!
Avocado and Egg on Toast
This one has the perfect combination of fiber, healthy fat and protein. Whole-grain bread is a great source of fiber, avocados are loaded with healthy fats and an egg is a complete source of protein. But don’t skip on the yolk, it contains vitamins, minerals and extra protein that the white alone doesn’t offer.
Oatmeal and Nut Butter
Oatmeal itself is a whole-grain and can help lower cholesterol and prevents the drastic rise in blood sugar that leads to hanger. But when you add nut butter like peanut butter, almond butter, etc. it boosts the protein and healthy fat content of the meal. When shopping for oatmeal, try to avoid the flavored options because they tend to have a lot of added sugar and sodium.
Yogurt with Blueberries
Greek yogurt is a great option. It is rich in protein and single containers usually have about 15 grams of protein. And don’t worry about the yogurts that fat in it. Research shows that people who eat full-fat dairy are no more at risk for developing type 2 diabetes or heart disease compared to those who eat low-fat dairy. Even better, people who eat full-fat dairy tend to be leaner than those who eat low-fat dairy. So eat away and throw in some blueberries for added flavor and nutrition.
Nutrition bars are the handiest snack to stave off hanger! They’re with you wherever you go and could easily be snacked on at any time. But beware, because some nutrition bars aren’t actually nutritious. Some are highly processed, have added sugars, chemicals, and sugar substitutes, Your best bet with nutrition bars is to keep it simple. Look for bars with few ingredients, minimal added sugars, and at least 3 to 4 grams of protein and fiber per bar. Some examples are Kind bars, RX bars and Laura Bars.
For more information on what to eat when you’re hangry take a look at the latest issue of Women’s Health Magazine or go to http://www.womenshealthmag.com.