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We’ve all been there. We’re doing errands, working, on the road or at the airport only to find ourselves without enough snacks to keep us going. While some of you are able to power through like the superstars you are, I’m that person who gets really annoying and cranky and starts saying things that I know I’ll regret later. Devil horns may or may not sprout out of the top of my head. But once I finally eat something it’s like that scene in a movie where the clouds instantly clear, the sun starts to shine, the birds are singing, and everything seems possible once more.
In my defense, it’s not really my fault. It happens when my blood sugar starts to drop and I become fully aware that eating something substantial is not in my foreseeable future. That’s why I decided to do a little snack research to see what I can always keep with me to keep the hunger at bay whether I’m traveling all day or just out and about doing errands.
After doing a lot of apologizing for all the “hangry” things I’ve said to the people I care about, I finally said enough is enough. It was time to get my stuff together, have a little foresight and start planning my food. It’s not like trying to solve world peace. It’s just packing some snacks in my bag so I can be prepared for whatever the day throws at me.
While there is no shortage of travel-friendly snacks out there, typical ones like bags of chips or candy, although portable, don’t really satisfy that “hangry” causing hunger. And let’s face it, they’re not healthy either. Those types of snacks often spike our blood sugar only to leave us hungry and searching for something else to eat. And usually those things aren’t too healthy.
Here’s what I found: make sure your snack is full of protein. Why? Protein not only builds and repairs muscle but boosts your metabolism and keeps those dreaded hunger pangs at bay. Snacking on lean protein also keeps your blood sugar levels steady, giving you the energy you need to make the most of your day. People will also notice how delightful you are to be around (wink, wink).
If you’re looking for a great high protein snack to keep on hand, try these Jack Link’s Bars. Great for on-the-go, I love keeping a couple of these bars in my gym bag and in my purse as a quick and easy snack to get that quick protein boost anytime I need it. What’s even better is that you never have to worry about them melting into a puddle of regret inside your bag. Plus, they’re real food and taste absolutely fantastic. What more can you ask for in a great travel-friendly snack?
Jack Link’s Bars come in Original, Teriyaki and Pepper flavors. They’re super affordable and can be picked up in single bars or 5 pack boxes ($5.96) at Walmart.
Each Jack Link’s Bar contains 8 grams of protein, is gluten-free, only contains 70 calories, and is made with 100% Beef!
To give them a try and up your protein-packed snacking game you can find them in the jerky/snack aisle at Walmart or in single bars near the registers too.