Melissa Paris Fitness

Jun 03, 2014

Take It To Go

by Emily Jane

"HANGER" [noun] - A state of anger or immense irritation caused by lack of sufficient nourishment. Symptoms include, but are not limited to: Drowsiness, irritability, shorter than average fuse with spouse or partner, headaches, fatigue, and the overwhelming desire to use expletives as your primary source of communication.

It's worth noting, that the aforementioned symptoms are easily remedied, and no matter what WebMD tells you, you do not have dementia, mononucleosis, congestive heart failure, or cocaine abuse side effects. Step away from Google. You are just hangry.


We’ve all been there. Lunch hour has commenced and the end of the work day seems like a far off, unattainable dream. Hunger is taking over. Your blood sugar is dropping faster than a Six Flags ride and everyone around you suddenly sounds like Janice from Friends. The vending machine has miraculously sprouted arms and is beckoning you to come closer for some chocolate covered comfort. But wait, you planned ahead and salvation sits in your carefully tucked away Tory Burch. No need to become hangry. Don’t be that person. Find food before hanger finds you. Here’s how:

Challenge Approved Snacks

- Fruit (including, but not limited to, sliced apples, berries, peaches, melon, ect.)

Cucumbers, Carrots, & Hummus

One Grapefruit

Sliced Bell Pepper

Two Hardboiled Eggs

5 Pitted Medjool Dates & 2 Tablespoons of Nut Butter

1/2 of a cubed Avocado, Scoop of Salsa, Squeeze of Lime

Almonds & Raisins

10 Dried Apricots

Lara Bars (1)

Sliced Apples and “Peanut Butter Crack”*

Organic Garlic Parmesan Popcorn

Watermelon Slushie*

Watermelon Slushie:
- Half a watermelon
- 10 Mint Leaves
- 10 Ice Cubes
- Juice of Half a Lime
- Half a seedless Cucumber (optional, for added fiber and hydration)

Simply place ingredients in a blender, blend to desired consistency, or about 15 seconds.


Peanut Butter Crack
- Half a cup Greek Yogurt
- 1 tbsp peanut butter
- 2 tsp pure maple syrup (or raw honey)
- Dash of Cinnamon

Combine Ingredients and serve with sliced apples, bananas, strawberries or grapes


A note on snacks.
For optimal digestion, maximum energy, and an avoidance of uncomfortable bloating, we suggest consuming fruit earlier on in your day, and on an empty stomach. Fruit is especially efficient at delivering water and energy to your body, and as a result, moves through your digestive tract rather quickly. When it catches up to slower moving snacks, this may account for the uncomfortable bloating sensation some people feel after, “only eating fruit”. Dried fruit and nut butter is an exceptional pre-workout snack, with a kick of quick carbohydrates and protein to maximize your performance.

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