Peanut Butter, The Superfood
An old colleague of mine would disagree, but it's widespread opinion* that peanut butter is one of the most amazing foods out there. I am sure if he wasn't deathly allergic, he would be right on board as well.
One of my college friends was so on board the peanut butter bandwagon we actually wrapped some jars up and presented them to her on her birthday. A much healthier alternative to the box of Lucky Charms marshmallows they gave me when I turned 20, but I digress. (Seriously, an entire box of JUST the marshmallows! I have the best friends ever).
Full of good fats, protein to aide in muscle growth and plenty of fiber, peanut butter is basically a superfood for runners. In an article published on the Runner's World website in 2007, I discovered that all of that good stuff provides a slow release of energy during your workouts to help you push through to the very end. So while that banana you grab on your way out the door or candy bar you find stashed in your glovebox gives you a quick sugar rush, they're more likely to leave you gassed and puttering out near the end of your run.
I was already aware of many of the benefits of peanut butter and have jars of Krema Natural Crunchy Peanut Butter and Creamy Jif Peanut Butter & Honey in my cupboard, both purchased from a local grocery store. Peanut butter on toast or a bagel has been my favorite pre-workout food since high school and I have no brand loyalty, but prefer the crunchy stuff.
The only ingredient listed on my jar of Krema is peanuts and the label claims there is no added salt, sugar or hydrogenated oils which is kind of spiffy, though one of the experts in the Runner's World article said a common misconception is that the all-natural brands are "better for you" than the commercial brands. I just prefer the nutty taste of the all natural kind.Continued on the next page