An eating emergency happens when you are so hungry you need to eat something quickly or there will be disastrous consequences. Are you prepared? Do you have a plan in place so you can still eat a healthy meal or snack?
Here are some items to keep on hand for when you have an eating emergency.
Whether it’s peanut butter or almond butter, nut butters contain healthy fats with some protein. Spread on whole wheat crackers or a banana for a snack.
High in protein and fiber, but also inexpensive. Add to salads or pastas to make a quick meal.
One egg contains 6g of protein and only 70 calories. Keep hard boiled eggs on hand for a quick snack or on-the-go breakfast with some fruit and cheese stick.
Low in calorie, high in protein and easily defrosted. Buy already peeled and deveined to make a quick meal or if their pre-cooked, shrimp cocktail for a quick snack.
Frozen or Canned Vegetables and Fruit
Frozen at their peak, frozen fruits and vegetables are the next best thing to fresh. Canned vegetables are a good option too but can contain a lot of sodium. Look for the “low sodium” or “no sodium” versions. Canned fruit can have added sugar. Look for “in their own juice”.
Good source of protein with a relatively long shelf life. Make a sandwich for an on-the-go meal or add to pasta for a quick meal.
Whole Grain Products
Items such as bread, crackers, pasta, and oatmeal all make quick meals and snacks. Look for 100% whole wheat or grain to ensure it’s the real deal.
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