It’s half way through the month of August and I’ve dealt with the final stages of fixing a pipe leak, the oven going on the fritz, our dog hurting his paw, and the kids starting school. Oh, and there’s more crazy coming with my hubby’s weird work and coaching schedule starting this weekend. Now, I’m already a ‘forgetful’ eater, so when curveballs are added into my daily routine, I have a tendency to skip eating altogether. As a result, my hunger can turn into ‘hangry’ – hungry + angry with stress and mood swings thrown in too. And since nobody wants to be around a ‘hangry’ monster, especially my hubby, I’ve started following 5 tips to help beat hunger from turning into ‘hangry’ when life gets extra busy.

5 Tips to Help Beat Hunger

5 Tips to Help Beat Hunger From Turning Into ‘Hangry’

Eat Breakfast

Eat Breakfast

I know we’ve all heard that breakfast is the most important meal of the day and it’s true! Starting the day on an empty stomach is a surefire way to open the door for the ‘hangry’ monster. I used to think that I never had time to make myself a breakfast, but now I stock the fridge with make ahead breakfast meals or Lean Pockets for a quick morning meal. Yes, Lean Pockets aren’t just for lunch, I eat them in the mornings too!

Drink Something

Beat Hunger Drink Something

Keeping hydrated between meals helps me avoid making unhealthy food choices or eating when I’m really dehydrated. If I start feeling hungry between meals, I first drink a glass of water, tea, or coffee. Also, if I’m on-the-go, I take a travel mug filled with tea or water to drink. If I don’t feel hungry 15 minutes after drinking, I know it’s not time for me to eat.

Have Snacks

Beat hunger eat snacks

Having a small snack between meals can also help beat hunger, but not just any kind of snacks. I try to keep my snacks healthy by eating lots of produce mixed with a bit of protein like an apple + peanuts, celery + peanut butter, soybeans, or tomatoes + cheese.

Don’t Skip Meals 

Lean pockets

Sometimes life gets busy, like my recent pipe leak situation. There were repairmen coming through my kitchen all day, which made it almost impossible to cook lunch. Like breakfast, skipping an afternoon meal can bring out the ‘hangry’ monster in me. Stocking up on premade meals like Lean Pockets is not only convenient, it doesn’t require any pots or pans and takes less than 2 1/2 minutes in the microwave!

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Beat hunger Lean Pockets

Lean Pockets feature premium cuts of white meat chicken, hickory ham, beef, and pepperoni all wrapped in pretzel bread and whole grain crusts. In addition to the high quality meats, each Lean Pockets is made with 100% real cheese and contain no artificial flavors, which makes it a great option for recharging my mid-day energy drop.

Lean Pockets Lunch

Another great thing about Lean Pockets is the variety of flavors that are available. I’m able to satisfy almost any type of flavor craving – spicy, pizza, salty, cheesy, etc… Although, I have to admit that the Roasted Turkey Bacon & Cheese with a pretzel bread crust paried with a salad is my favorite. I mean, who doesn’t love a bacon, pretzel, and cheese combo?!

Lean Pockets Flavors –

  • White Meat Chicken Jalapeno & Cheese with a pretzel bread crust (hubby’s favorite)
  • White Meat Chicken Broccoli and Cheese with a whole grain crust
  • Roasted Turkey Bacon & Cheese with a pretzel bread crust (my favorite)
  • Pepperoni Pizza

Chew Gum


Finally, chewing gum isn’t just for freshening my breath. If I’m out-n-about and don’t have access to snacks, chewing gum can give me the sensation that I’m eating a small meal. Therefore, gum has become one of my purse essentials and a hunger beating tool.

Beat Hunger Lean Pockets

I hope you enjoyed these tips to help keep hunger at bay. If you find it difficult to beat hunger, try these tips and stock up on Lean Pockets for the perfect mini meal to carry you through your busy day.

How do you beat hunger when life gets busy and throws you a curve ball? 

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  1. What is it about us when we let the hunger get the best of us? I can feel it coming over me and I love your word – hangry. I have to agree I’ve learned that breakfast is the most important meal of the day and protein is my friend for that little emergency. I must try the lean pockets pretzel bread….

  2. These are great tips! I’ve been drinking lots of water, but need to remember to keep some snacks in my purse so I don’t stop and get junk food.

  3. My big thing is eating because I’m bored or because it’s “lunchtime” even though I’m not hungry. Usually I’m more dehydrated than truly hungry. Maybe I should do sit-ups to get my mind off of it too

  4. I love Lean Pockets and my favorites are Turkey, Bacon & Cheese (the pretzel crust of course) and the Bacon, Egg and Cheese breakfast Lean Pocket. I’ll be using the coupon for sure.

  5. These are some great tips for dealing with hunger. I try to chew gum and drink water when I get the feeling.

  6. When I am hungry and can’t prepare food because of being busy, I just sip some milk tea and it helps me.

  7. Breakfast is important, if you skip it, you’ll feel hungry all the time and you’ll keep craving for food as well. All of the tips that you have here are pretty helpful!

  8. Great snack ideas. I will have to stock up on those Lean Pockets. They look so yummy and filling. I have to avoid going hungry because I am diabetic. I usually have 6 small meals spread out during the day to maintain a close to normal blood sugar level.

  9. Thanks for all the tips! I am on a diet now before my wedding, so will definitely take these into consideration!

  10. I love all the Pretzel Bread Hot Pockets! I always have some in my freezer. Great tips for beating hunger. I usually skip breakfast and then snack all night. I know it is not healthy and I know I do need to change my routine and eating habits. Great post!

  11. These are some great tips! I’m constantly searching for healthy ways to beat my hungry. It feels constant sometimes. Thanks for sharing!