Food and Mood - Are you Hangry?

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When your blood sugar is out of balance, you can experience symptoms of shakiness, anxiety, hunger, headache, and moodiness. Have you ever heard the term "hangry," a combination of hungry and angry? This can be remedied by eating small frequent meals throughout the day containing protein, carbohydrate, and a healthy fat. The fat is really important to give a feeling of satiety. Kids need fat for healthy brain development so it's important they're not on a low-fat diet. Some snack ideas:

  • Whole grain crackers, cubes of cheese, and olives

  • A hard boiled egg

  • Apple slices or celery with nut butter

  • Nitrate free turkey and cream cheese wrapped around a pickle

  • Guacamole, carrot sticks and pita chips

With balanced meals and snacks, children (and parents) can focus throughout the day and maintain a good mood. It leads to better food choices throughout the day and less cravings for sweets.

Interested in learning more about the connection between food and mood? Join me at the Parenting Conference on Saturday, February 25. We'll connect the dots between what we eat and how we feel, and address how diet can impact stress and sleep. Register today!