Women’s Health News

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What to munch on when you’re starv­ing, plus how to ease lower-back pain

Ever get so busy dol­ing out break­fast or lunch for your kids that you for­get to feed your­self? Then just as you ar­rive at the play­ground or your child’s pi­ano les­son, you’re rav­en­ous—and, ugh, snack­less. Mom di­eti­tians share five por­ta­ble nib­bles to keep in your purse for those hangry mo­ments.

Wal­nuts and Dried Cher­ries

“The crunchy wal­nuts are high in omega-3s, and the tart, chewy cher­ries have an­tiox­i­dants and potas­sium. For one serv­ing, mix 14 wal­nut halves with ¼ cup of dried cher­ries.” —Frances Large­man-roth, R.D.N., au­thor of Eat­ing in Color

Asian Pear

“The great thing about th­ese pears, es­pe­cially for nurs­ing moms, is that they are loaded with wa­ter and have al­most 10 grams of fiber, so they’re hy­drat­ing as well as sat­is­fy­ing. They are also sturdy and don’t bruise eas­ily, even when jos­tled around in your purse all day.” —Large­man-roth

Straw­berry Pop­corn

“To make two serv­ings, put ¼ cup of freeze-dried straw­ber­ries into a re­seal­able plas­tic bag, then use a rolling pin to crush the straw­ber­ries into a pow­der. Add 3 cups of air-popped pop­corn to the bag, shake to com­bine, and then por­tion the mix­ture into two con­tain­ers. It’s su­per­fill­ing and fun to eat!” —Sara Haas, R.D.N., au­thor of the cook­book Taco! Taco! Taco!

Dark-choco­late Squares “I like to keep a bag of them in my freezer. Just one can sate my sweet crav­ing and is in­dul­gent enough to be sa­vored slowly.” —Hol­ley Grainger, R.D., au­thor of the food blog Clev­er­ful Liv­ing

Al­mond-but­ter Pack­ets “They travel well and are great paired with a ba­nana or an ap­ple, though you can eat one on its own too! The pro­tein helps sat­isfy hunger and is also great for post­work­out re­cov­ery.” —Large­man-roth

TREAT YOUR­SELF, MAMA! YOU DE­SERVE BET­TER THAN DAY-OLD CHEESE PUFFS.

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