Looking for a nutritious and delicious food that will keep you energized until the end of a marathon business meeting or endurance workout? Adding a tablespoon or two of peanut butter to your meal plan may just be the answer.
Peanut butter is a convenient, satisfying, inexpensive, nutrient packed, and portable food. Containing fiber, folate, magnesium, vitamin E, and zinc and 7g of protein in each 2 Tablespoon serving, peanut butter not only adds satisfies your hunger but strengthens your immune system, along with protecting the body against heart disease and type 2 diabetes.
While peanut butter is hardly a protein replacement for a turkey sandwich with its 21g protein or a stand alone pre-or post workout snack due to its low carbohydrate content, it still can contribute significantly to an athlete's overall daily nutrition intake. Here are several suggestions for incorporating peanut butter into your meals and snacks
Add 2 T peanut butter to yogurt based fruit smoothie.
Top a bowl of oatmeal with 1-2 Tablespoons peanut butter.
Spread a tablespoon of peanut butter on banana or apple slices.
Use peanut butter as a dip for celery, carrots or jicama.
Combine a glass of milk with a peanut butter and jelly sandwich
Stir peanut butter with noodles, chicken and flavoring to create a Thai style noodle dish.
Add a tablespoon or two of peanut butter to your training diet and enjoy the satisfying taste while obtaining a nutrient boost.