How to avoid the Hangry

I love food. I grow it, write recipes about it, harvest and preserve it, but most of all I enjoy eating it.

With almost five decades of experience, there’s one thing I’ve learned – I get grumpy when I’m hungry. The only sound I hear is my growling tummy. When my blood sugars dip, I morph into a bear, a hungry angry bear who is likely to bite the head of the nearest human being.

The good news is that I’m aware that this can happen, so I make every effort to manage this phenomenon by keeping my fuel levels topped up, therefore avoiding the hangry. I’d rather be a hunny bunny than a crabbit rabbit.

It’s quite a surprise when you lay out all the food you expect to eat in one day. It could horrify anyone constantly watching their weight. On the odd occasion I get to work in an office with real people, someone always comments on the amount I consume. My jaws are constantly on the go. I nibble, little and often, and like to focus on what I’m munching. This is a grand mindfulness approach when sitting at a table but a pain in the arse when you’re on a bike. I have to stop every time I eat. Good for me, I say. That’s the way I roll and it’s not very fast.

Here’s what we brought on a recent trip along the Wessex Ridgeway for one night. (The trip was two nights so we bought more food on the second day)

Think this is a lot of food for two people going out for an overnight bikepacking microadventure? Think again.

Food for an overnight trip

In addition to what you can see in the picture, we took six cheese and tomato rolls, tossed in four bananas, a couple of slices of fruit cake and a bar of dark chocolate to be sure to beat the bonk. And we ate chips in a pub and drank a pint of shandy and cider (I had the cider). I usually drink at least one frothy coffee and a cake at a cafe somewhere along the way as well. Keep an eye out for food you can forage. We collected wild garlic and made our own wild garlic pesto when we arrived home.

Snacks – Trail mix, nut and cereal bars, bananas, mints
Lunch – Cheese and tomato rolls, cake
Pub – Chips and beer/cider
Dinner – Bombay Biryani and Dal Makhani
Nightcap – Homemade Sloe Gin
Breakfast – Porridge (Quick, cheap recipe), trail mix, banana

The foil packets came from the boxes below (bought in Tescos for £1.50 each) and can be boiled in the bag for 5 mins leaving no mess and the water can be used later for making tea. The biryani is spicy, fairly hot and carb laden. Although the Dal looks a bit like mud it is delicious and contains lots of protein. We ate it straight from the pouch to keep bowls clean for morning porridge.

Packets of indian food

Meraid Griffin

Freelance writer, adventurer and public speaker. Descibed in the Sunday Times as a 'modest explorer'. Nothing modest about me.


  1. Cheers for the Tesco Biryani & Dhal I look forward to trying them.
    I’ve been surviving on Aldi quick pasta pouches & also packet, flavoured bulgar wheat, both are ok & quick, although not laden with veg, vitamins or minerals. A curry will make a pleasant change. :o)

  2. I also buy those Ashoka pouches to eat when I’m out and about. Just eat from the pouch, rinse them out and easy and light to carry home. They are often on offer in asda and Tesco and can be had from 75p each. The mattir paneer and punjabi Choley is also good. As a vegetarian I’ve often had to make do with noodles and little else so if I’m away for more than a few days I used to take vitamin tablets with me as well. But now I’ve found the Ashoka products I can eat tasty hot food on the go. I currently work in an office in southall with a hundred Asian girls and they all tell me that the Dallas makhani is a favourite with them and all the Ashoka stuff tastes home made. Can’t get a better recommendation than that

    • Meraid Griffin

      Completely agree with the taste recommendation. Very authentic and the Biryani rice is really spicy. My partner (also called Dan) is a vegetarian so most of what I eat is too, though I’m not a veggie. I found some more Asian products from Lidl that are equally as good, for a pound.

  3. Not sure what Sloe Gin is, but it sounds good!

    • Meraid Griffin

      It’s basically gin infused with sugar and berries from the blackthorn tree. Small purplish blue and sour enough to remove the saliva from your mouth when raw. Takes a few months before it’s ready. Well worth the effort. My recipe for Sloe Gin is here.

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