Do you get HANGRY? You know, super angry when you get hungry. I do…pretty much daily. I have a pantry snack organizer for my kids for when I see them getting to that point, but what about us moms and dads?
When I was pregnant with my last kiddo I got gestational diabetes early on in the pregnancy. Depression really kicked in full force. I have diabetes in my family…and I hate to say it, but those in my family who have it are overweight. I felt they didn’t really take care of themselves they way I always thought they should. When I was told I had it, it made me so sad, angry and disgusted. At the time, I thought I was eating so healthy. I ate a lot of wheat bread, tons of fruit and when I had soda, I drank diet. The Nutritionist taught me the importance of having protein every time I ate.
After I had my baby Oliver, they told me I could eat what I wanted again. This was such a relief after being so careful about everything that went into my body. They did caution me though, whenever I had any carb (including fruit) I needed to eat protein with it. This would help me to prevent getting diabetes in the future. I NEVER want to have it again, so I am super careful to make sure that protein is readily available when I need a snack. Jack Link’s Jerky is one of my most favorite ways to keep it on hand whenever I need a little pick me up to keep me from getting hangry during the day.
Pantry Snack Organizer
I decided to make some little snack bags to keep in the pantry with my kids snacks so that when we all start getting on one another’s nerves there is something for everyone. Dried fruit is one of my favorite treats, so I got some dried bananas and pineapples and my two favorite flavors of Jack Link’s Jerky from Kroger (beginning September 11th through October 8, they are only $3.99 a pack.). Teriyaki and Peppered are my favorite flavor. Jack Link’s are 98% fat free and have at least 11 grams of protein per serving. I put a serving in each little snack size bag and got out my snack bin that I picked up at IKEA.
I also like to keep a bag or two in my car so that I can get some much needed protein when I’m out running errands. Jerky keeps me from stopping at a drive through and feeling sick the rest of the day. My pantry snack organizer also contains crackers, water bottles and fruit pouches. Snacks on hand make it so much easier for after school snacking. Piano and swimming lessons are so much easier when the kids get a snack. It seems we’re always running somewhere with a kid complaining of being hungry.
Snacks that both the kids and the parents can grab and enjoy has made it a lot easier to curb the hangry feelings. My husband sometimes comes home from work famished an hour before dinner. Protein and fruit in a snack size bag is perfect to get him through till dinner.
What is your favorite way to get protein in your snacks? Do you have a pantry snack organizer at home?