Tuesday, January 24, 2012

More Peanut Butter please!

Peanut Butter Smoothie
Ready to drink!
When I read today's news, I was delighted to see... it's National Peanut Butter Day!  Peanut butter is one of the top power foods for runners.  It's a highly condensed source of protein, which runners need to build and repair muscles in training, especially after hard workout sessions.  After strenuous long runs, I usually have protein waiting in the car for me to inhale, usually in the form of a protein drink since I'm thirsty.

Peanut butter is also a good source of fiber, which makes you feel fuller longer.  That's why I often top my pre-run waffle/bagel with peanut butter.  It provides that extra punch of protein and fiber to make my body satisfied during long races.  Of course, peanut butter is also high in calories, so be careful not to overdo it.  Taken at the right times, peanut butter can be a great source of power for runners and a nutritious filler for those on a diet.

In honor of today's holiday, I made a new recipe and it was YUMMY!  This breakfast will power me through a tough tempo run today.

1 frozen banana (cut up in chunks)
1 heaping tablespoon of peanut butter
1/2 c. almond milk
drizzle of honey
5 ice cubes
Blend it all up and enjoy!
360 calories   |   10g protein   |   26g calcium   |   6g fiber

In the blender

Of course, the other "magic" food in this recipe is banana!  A good source of carbs, bananas also contain potassium, which runners lose through sweating and help regulate muscle contraction and prevent cramping.  Bananas are also considered safe pre-run food because they're unlikely to cause GI issues.


  1. mmm. I'm a big fan of PB too :) I make a similar smoothie except I add in a scoop of chocolate protein powder. I am also in love with the new protein powder that I bought that is chocolate peanut butter flavor. OH SO DELICIOUS! It's not actual peanut butter of course but the taste is amazing!

    1. I really hate the taste of all Protein powder, and love peanut butter. What brand is this pb powder? THanks.

  2. I LOVE peanut butter, I was so excited when I saw your post on facebook saying it was national peanut butter day!

    That smoothie looks really good, I will have to try it now that my husband and I have a new blender thanks to my brother!

  3. yumm!! thanks for bringing light to National PB Day! I am so glad I got some in with bfast this morning :)

  4. I'm all over any thing that envolves Peanut Butter. Whoo for Naitonal PB day

  5. National Peanut butter Day? Nice! This sounds great!!

  6. I cannot believe I didn't know about national pb day until this morning!! That smoothie looks so good!

  7. I love peanut butter! My favorite post run snack is a chocolate protien drink (from costco) w/ a scoop of peanut butter! Yummo! or a banana with nutella spread on it!

  8. Hello Deliciousness!! That sounds really, really wonderful. I may just have to make that in the morning after my workout!!

  9. Happy National Peanut Butter Day!! I LOVE PEANUT BUTTER!! Mmmm, I will have to make this shake today. Looks Tasty :p, thanks for sharing!

  10. I LOVE PB.....I want it in a smoothie :) YUM

  11. Mmm, I've made something like this for my hubby and he LOVED it, but I'm so boring, I'd rather just a spoon of good 'ol PB!!! LOL!

  12. I adore peanut butter. I could eat an entire jar, so I definitely need to be careful around it! But I really need to get on the frozen banana train!

  13. That smoothie sounds delicious. I love peanut butter, banana, and honey sandwiches!

  14. Every day is PB day in our house. My son eats so much that I buy a kilo every week!

  15. Sounds delish! I need to get back into smoothie making!

  16. LOVE LOVE LOVE PB. did not even kow it was PB Day and I had PB sandwich for lunch! Thanks for the smoothie recipe!


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