Yesterday I talked about my extreme postpartum hunger. Words like “ravenous” and “beast-like” were used, and I don’t use those words lightly. Now, I’ve never been one to miss a meal. Ever. I’m not one of those people who “forgets” to eat. Like, how does one even do that? But the other day, I was the inadvertent meal-skipper.
I had my son’s (I have a son! Weird!) first appointment at the pediatrician at 1:20 p.m. Between getting my daughter down for her nap, getting the baby fed, burped, changed and car-seated up, I got out of the house without eating lunch.
A few reasons I never skip meals? Besides that it’s bad for you? 1) I like food. 2) I get super cranky and 3) I get shaky. Really, really shaky.
I made it to the doctor’s office, and my hands were shaking like leaves. I dug in my purse, praying I had a Luna bar still in there. I got excited when I saw the edge of a wrapper…until I discovered it was just a wrapper. Dealing with bone-crushing disappointment, I came across a baggie of Cheerios meant for my daughter. I started shoving those things in my mouth as fast as I could.
Lesson learned? Always carry a handy snack, like one of these.
Luna Honey Pretzel Bar
How did they know that peanut butter has been my thang lately? With 190 calories, 9 grams of protein and 3 grams of fiber, it’s definitely a snack you can feel good about munching. Plus, like all Luna bars, it’s delicious—sweet but not overly so and satisfying. I wish it had a little more pretzel to it because I’d like more of a salty kick, but this is a bar that’s hard to complain about.
CLIF Kid Iced Oatmeal Cookie Zbar
You can fight your kids for Clif Kid’s Iced Oatmeal Cookie Zbar. A moist, dense dead-ringer for an oatmeal cookie, it’s healthier and more filling than a plain old cookie. With 9 grams of whole grains, and 3 grams each of fiber and protein, the 130-calorie organic bar is the perfect after-school snack or sack-lunch dessert. Moms can throw it in their purses to curb their hunger as well.
Want to win some of the Peanut Honey Pretzel Luna bars? First, don’t be allergic to peanuts. Then, comment below to enter! Winners will be notified in about a week; U.S. residents only, please! —Erin