Peanut butter is a staple for many distance runners.  Packed with energy, protein, and healthy fat, it’s easily digestible, easily stored, and it’s both a great fuel and a great recovery food.  Peanut butter should be in every runner’s pantry.

But what kind to get? There are so many options these days that it’s hard to find the right kind.

As with any packaged food, the first place to look is the nutrition label.  What you might find there might surprise you.

First, reduced fat is not necessarily better.  Less fat can mean less flavor, and many brands compensate by adding more sugar.  Compare the reduced-fat calorie count to that of regular peanut butter, and you’ll see what I mean.

Second, organic isn’t necessarily healthier.  Again, check the label for added ingredients.

My recommendation?  Aim to buy the brand that has the least ingredients.  Ideally, the list should have one item: peanuts.  There are several brands out there that offer that, and at least then you’ll know exactly what you’re getting.



About horowitzrun

Jeff is a certified running, cycling, and triathlon coach, and is the author of "My First 100 Marathons" (Skyhorse Press 2008) and "Smart Marathon Training" (Velo Press 2011). An obviously addicted runner, Jeff has run at least one marathon in every state and on 6 continents, including marathons in South Africa, China, Bangkok, and Antarctica. Jeff is available for group, one-on-one, and virtual coaching. Options include: 1. Basic Training Plan. This includes a customized training schedule geared towards a goal race, with a detailed running schedule that would include all distances and target times for each workout, including speedwork, tempo, and endurance sessions. 2. Complete Fitness and Race Plan. This includes the plan listed above, plus the non-running workouts and drills that runners need for better overall fitness and performance. You would get strength & core workouts, as well as run-specific training drills and stretches. 3. Virtual Coaching. This includes all of the above, implemented on a week-by-week basis. We review each week's progress at week's end so that adjustments can be made. The program is tailored to suit you right up to race day. It involves more contact, on a weekly or even daily basis. 4. Full Coaching for athletes in the Washington DC area. All of the above, plus a weekly workout together including speedwork, drills, and strength training. 5. Individual track sessions. One-on-one track-based workouts. Contact Jeff for pricing.
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