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7 Ways to Tame the Hangries (Right. Now.)

December  2, 2015

Do you ever get so unreasonably hungry that you become... well, unreasonable? You are not alone. Hanger has many faces: irritating, irritated, limp, delirious, morose, and straight-up angry. The one thing every person feeling a deep well of hanger has in common? The need to eat. Right. Now. Here are seven recipes for you to slap together and shove down your gullet before you become a danger to yourself and others. Just don't forget to enjoy them!

Pasta Cacio, Pepe, e Cavolo Nero by Nicole Franzen

Photo by James Ransom

"Moroccan Guacamole" Toasts with Fried Egg by creamtea

Photo by James Ransom

Yotam Ottolenghi & Sami Tamimi's Basic Hummus by Genius Recipes

Photo by James Ransom

Chaat Masala Fruit Salad by A Brown Table

Photo by A Brown Table

Ode to the Caseus Cheese Truck by mrslarkin

Photo by Joseph De Leo

Kale Salad with Apples and Hazelnuts by Amanda Hesser

Photo by Food52

Lady & Pups' Magic 15-Second Creamy Scrambled Eggs by Genius Recipes

Photo by Mark Weinberg

What's your go-to technique for quieting the hangries? Tell us (quick!) in the comments.

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Gabi Benedit

Written by: Gabi Benedit

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kfles December 8, 2015
I had a terrible case of hanger last week, had NOTHING on hand to eat, and ended up creating a pretty fantastic carb-y solution. Heat oil in pan, add cream cheese, whisk hangrily, add cooked pasta, season, proceed to shovel into mouth.
Avon L. December 6, 2015
Peanut butter !!! Always has been.... on toast, on English muffin, on apple slices or a banana. Do I need to go on?
X December 6, 2015
I get seriously bad hangries! Generally I just shove whatever I can get my paws on into my face (never meat though), healthy or not! If I'm out in public and have no immediate access to food, like if I'm stuck in traffic, waiting in line somewhere, or at the doctor's office, etc, I just have to hope nobody pushes my buttons until I can find a bag of chips or a Taco Bell (or pretty much whatever else is edible). For the most part, it's the only time I ever eat junk/fast food. I consider it a necessity for my own safety and that of humankind.........ha ha!
Lazyretirementgirl December 6, 2015
My go to in the car or on a plane is either an apple or small containers of dates and walnuts. I am a slave to my blood sugar, and the date/walnut approach stabilizes it nicely. Plus no need for refrigeration, and they last for ages.
Neuf350Z December 3, 2015
My problem is that I always seem to get hangry when I'm on my way home from work (an hour long, if not more, commute). My blood sugar just plummets and I crave protein, usually meat. I started keeping some beef jerky in my lunch bag for the ride home and it helps until I can get home and have an actual meal.
Gabi B. December 4, 2015
Protein deficiency-induced hanger solidarity, Neuf350Z.
Paula B. December 2, 2015
This morning, I had a case that blew my mind. I just couldn't get enough almond butter. Pre-workout, it was a serving of almond butter on a serving (85g) of baked sweet potato with 1/2 serving of Bare Naked granola. Post-workout, it was back, and I had a slice of whole grain bread with a serving of almond butter and repeated that because hanger remained. good grief!
Gabi B. December 4, 2015
See, that's why I don't work out... I am just trying to protect others from my hangry post-workout wrath!