Healthy peanut butter snack ideas

Healthy peanut butter snack ideas

Author: Women's Running Magazine

Read Time:   |  December 2, 2014

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For lots of us, a mid-afternoon slump is a daily occurrence. Our glucose levels drop a couple of hours after lunch and we begin to crave a sugary pick me up to get us through the afternoon. ‘Elevenses’ are another common craving – particularly if you’ve been for a morning run and your body is craving some fuel!

But that doesn’t have to mean reaching for the biscuit barrel when your willpower drops, particularly if you’re a lover of peanut butter…

Peanut butter has a rich nutritious value and is a fantastic ingredient to integrate into your diet as a runner. High in protein, four teaspoons of peanut butter equates to 7 grams of protein. Protein is an essential part of a runner’s diet, crucial to building and repairing muscle tissue. Protein-rich snacks are also a great way of curbing hunger pangs between meals, helping you to maintain a healthy diet without snacking on the bad stuff! Its high calorie count as a result of its rich protein content makes this snack a fantastic energy source – perfect as an energy boost, prior to your evening run or as a post-run top up.

A huge worry with peanut butter is its fat content. However, peanut butter does in fact contain more unsaturated fat than saturated fats, which works to reduce the amount of cholesterol in your bloods, lowering the risk of developing heart disease. Peanut butter is also rich in potassium, which will reduce the dangers of sodium, disrupting your cardiovascular system. And if that wasn’t enough benefits to get your mouth watering, peanut butter also contains magnesium, important to muscle recovery as well as vitamin B6, helping to boost immunity.

If you’re a sweet tooth, looking for an alternative to an afternoon digestive, peanut butter maybe your answer! Here are five deliciously healthy peanut butter snack ideas to integrate into your diet as a runner…

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