It’s December 18th, you’ve just started Christmas shopping and your list is huge, so you venture into a mall with the hope of getting in and out as soon as possible. But, the lines are long, people are miserable, and the crowds are claustrophobic. It’s now been a couple of hours and you’ve been doing well but all the sudden someone elbows you the wrong way and you’ve lost it – you are officially hangry! What is it?

Hangryadj. \häŋ-grē\  Being simultaneously hungry and angry usually because you’re SO hungry you’ve now become angry…does this sound like you holiday shopping? If so, continue reading for some quick tips on how to handle the malls and crowds this holiday season.

Before the mall, grab:

  1. A handful of nuts (almonds, peanuts, walnuts etc), but only ¼ cup
  2. A protein bar – but not any protein bar because some contain MORE calories and fat than a chocolate bar…Kashi usually makes a good one and so does Clif Bar and Company, who make Clif bars and Luna bars. Choose one that has 100 to 200 calories, at least 6g of protein, 5g of fibre, and 8g or less of fat.
  3. Or dry cereal, but only cereal, like Mini Wheat’s, which do not contain added sugar

Leave at home:

  1. Candy
  2. Potato chips

Both of these have a low satiety, so you’ll be hungry again before you finish the bag

At the mall, grab:

  1. A fruit smoothie from Jugo Juice or Booster Juice
  2. Or a pretzel

Walk past:

  1. Mini donuts
  2. Or Cinnabon

These heavy ‘snacks’ will make you want to curl up and sleep instead of finishing your Christmas list.

When it comes down to a foot race for the last Elmo, you’ll be lapping the competition with these energy packed snacks. Happy shopping!

Image courtesy of Mikono