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Crunchy Or Smooth: Peanut Butter Is The Bomb!

After my long run yesterday (16 tough miles, I think my body is still recovering from being sick), I made myself a bagel. Planning to top it with peanut butter, I pulled a jar of Peanut Butter & Co. Smooth Operator Natural Peanut Butter out of the fridge (I keep it there to prevent the oil from rising to the top of the jar—it’s a little harder to spread, but cuts back on all that stirring). While waiting for the toaster to do its thing, I ended up sitting on a stool in the kitchen spooning the contents of the last half of the jar into my mouth. (I was forced to smear cherry preserves on that bagel instead.)

While I would never suggest downing more than a cup of peanut butter in one sitting (a proper serving size is two tablespoons), I’m not too worried about all the fat and calories in the sticky stuff because it’s the good kind. Here’s what I mean by that: Peanut butter is loaded with protein (about 8 grams per serving), which is essential for muscle growth and repair. And the fat found in peanuts is monounsaturated—the heart-healthy kind that has been shown to lower bad cholesterol. It’s also a great source of niacin, folic acid, and vitamin E. Hello, post-run recovery super food!

And PB goes well with so much more than just J. I like to stir it into oatmeal, swipe it on apples and bananas, and whip it up into smoothies. Don’t even get me started on the magic combo of peanut butter and chocolate. One of my favorite treats: A spoonful of peanut butter sprinkled with chocolate chips. Yum!

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What do you like to eat after a tough workout? Are you a peanut butter fan, too? 

Originally posted in Running With It on Shape.com.

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