Today we're welcoming It's Julien's first guest post - Megan Quinn, certified health coach of Simple.Savvy.Self. She's here to fill us in on how to avoid getting hangry:
Ladies, we love our bags! Myself included. To be honest, I could pass by hundreds of colorblock dresses and pleated skirts, without a second thought, but as soon as I veer off into the jewelry, sunglasses or handbag department...forget about it! For all you accessorize lovers out there, I know you can empathize.
However, I must say, over the last few years, I have done my best to curb my bag buying ways (for the most part ;) The reality is I have become less concerned with keeping up with the latest trends and more concerned with keeping up with my hectic lifestyle in order to feel my best.
I'm hear to tell you: It's what's on the inside that counts... your bag included.
But don't worry, I'm not here to talk you out of your next purchase, I'm just here to offer a few simplesavvy tips to keep you healthy on-the-go. Whether you’re sifting through the sale rack at your favorite boutique or clocking extra hours at the office, I want you FEELING just as fabulous as you look.
And while I certainly don't claim to be a fashionista, I do know one thing for sure: The Hangry Look (hungry angry) is so last season!
Here are a few recommendations for healthy snacks to stash in your bag to help keep you energized throughout your busy day:
1. Water bottle: Never leave home without it
Drinking enough water is crucial to keeping your weight and metabolism in check. Even mild dehydration can cause headaches and trigger cravings. A few months ago, I stumbled upon this water bottle and I absolutely love it! It's small enough carry in my bag and it has it's own built-in filter so I can fill up wherever I am. My Bobble saves me money and keeps me well hydrated. Perfect for traveling as well.
Fruit is always a healthy option: sweet and packed with fiber. I always opt for a banana or an apple when I'm packing my bag. Both have a tough exterior that won't easily damage and cause a mess. Plus, they're ready to eat at any time, no utensils required. If you're looking to add a little extra protein to either fruit, check out Justin's peanut butter squeeze packs. Again, great for on-the-go or keep a few at the office.
3. KIND Bars
In the world of "health" bars, it's tough to find an option that isn't chock-full of highly processed ingredients and tons of sugar; however, I do believe KIND does a good job at providing some healthier options. I'm a big fan of their Dark Chocolate Nuts and Sea Salt and Dark Chocolate Chili Almond bars. Both are equally delicious and the sugar per bar is relatively low (5 grams).
Hummus is one of my go-to snacks for afternoons at home, but, more recently, I've started to pack it for long days at the office as well. Hummus is a filling, protein-packed option and it comes in so many delicious flavors! Pair it along with veggies, pepper slices or carrots, for example, or even some tortilla chips for a satisfying treat. Consider a portable container like the one seen here for easy transport.
Nuts are a good source of fiber, protein and healthy fats. They can help lower cholesterol and keep you feeling fuller longer. They are also a great option to always keep with you to help avoid getting overly hungry on days when you prioritize your to-do list before your next meal. You can usually find some almonds or cashews in my bag.
6. Dark Chocolate
Dark chocolate (not milk or white chocolate) is packed with antioxidants and can even help lower blood pressure. BEST.NEWS.EVER! But with that said, it's important to choose high quality chocolate. There's still a lot of junk out there. Choose chocolate with a cocoa/cacao percentage of about 70 or higher. I always keep a few pieces of dark chocolate in my bag to curb those afternoon cravings. Popping a piece of dark chocolate can satisfy your sweet tooth and prevent you from overdoing at the vending machine with that 4 p.m. bag of M&Ms.
Let's face it, we don't always know where our next meal is coming from when we head out the door! Luckily, with a little pre-planning, you can arm yourself with healthy snacks and always be prepared for the unexpected. So load up your tote before heading out. I promise, no snackers remorse.
About Megan Quinn: She's a certified health coach who is passionate about “smart casual” approaches to healthy living. She works with busy, motivated women to help them uncover the food and lifestyle choices that fuel their lives and support their full potential…one simple, savvy step at a time. Learn more about her services here!