Women’s Health News
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
“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
“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.