Hanger is a word used to describe the feeling you get when your rumbling tummy leads to a cranky mood. It's worse than the pout you might make when you're just hungry, though. This is a full-on, hulk-level need for food.
While we generally plan for our afternoon post-lunch slump, hanger can strike at any time if you're unprepared. Here are 15 delicious snacks to keep you full between meals and defend against hanger.
Sure, these baked oatmeal cups make a mighty breakfast on the go, but since these don't require refrigeration and are packed with oats and chia seeds, one cup will get you from mid-morning until your late lunch without hanger striking.
Who doesn't love a granola bar? These hazelnut-cocoa granola bars are a sophisticated take on the classic snack we all love. The cocoa powder and brown rice syrup baked into these beauties pair well with a hot cup of coffee.
These peanut butter and chocolate energy bars are like a dessert disguised as a snack and only require four ingredients. These bars would be perfect for that 3 p.m. slump, but I plan to eat them just after breakfast.
Smoothies are often overlooked on these snack lists. This seasonal riff on an Orange Julius starts with creamy Greek yogurt that will help keep you feeling full between meals. If you have trouble finding fresh rhubarb, seek out the frozen variety, which will make this smoothie even creamier.
Our love for the avocado is never-ending because its a healthy fat that keeps us full and satisfied. This creamy lassi pairs avocado with yogurt, cardamom, and rose water in a cool, creamy treat that would be a perfect after-school snack.
You'll never guess the secret ingredient in this super-lush (vegan) almond butter banana shake. Watermelon! Frozen watermelon adds sweetness and a frosty texture to this filling shake.
Toast is a great snack option when you need a mini-meal to beat hanger between brunch and dinner. This one is topped with hummus, crispy radishes, and fresh cucumber.
Appetizers are basically gussied-up versions of snacks, but there's no reason you can't turn a favorite appetizer into an afternoon snack. These stuffed Peppadews are a favorite in my house. Look for Peppadews in your supermarket olive bar.
Do you love Cheetos? Do you want the cheesy-crunchy goodness of Cheetos without getting hanger 15 minutes later? Then these chickpeas are just the snack for you. And because the chickpeas are roasted, this snack can be packed up and eaten almost anywhere.
10. Furikake Popcorn
Popcorn is a such a quick and filling snack food that I simply cannot live without it. This version is the most satisfying sweet and salty combination that gets a little nutritional boost from the furikake — a mixture of dried seaweed, sesame seeds, and other seasonings.
Whether you call this party mix or snack mix, this honey-mustard snack mix is the most delightful combination of pretzels, peanuts, bagel chips, and cereal that travels well between carpool pick-up and swim lessons.
Crackers are another one of those snacks that I must have on hand at all times. They obviously pair well with cheeses, dips, and hummus, but they're also really great on their own. I'm particularly fond of the cheddar cheese variation at the end of this recipe.
This is a dip that's as delicious and easy as it sounds. Pack this dip with some sliced veggies and crackers, or use it as a spread for toast. Try a smear on a crispy rye cracker.
Here's a hearty dip for fresh vegetables or crackers. And it's more than just a cheese dip — it could also work well as a salad dressing or a topping for toast.
Ah, hummus — the ruler of snack time and champion defender of hanger — what snack list would be complete without you? This is another can't-live-without-it snack in my house. Try dipping apple slices in it for a strangely satisfying sweet and savory snack.
What are some of your favorite snacks to fight hanger?