The Golden State Warriors had to fight to keep PB & J sandwiches in their pre-game meal line-up back in February. I have to say, the sports dietitian in me is so glad that the PB & J's made it back onto the menu! PB & J sandwiches don't have to be just a food for kids, they are great for adults and especially wonderful for athletes.
PB & J sandwiches are something that I include on almost all sports nutrition eating plans that I design for athletes that I work with. The thing that is so perfect about PB & J sandwiches is that they are portable, delicious, can be very rich in quality calories (depending on how much PB you add!). Often I will add a PB & J sandwich as a snack with a glass of milk or even include it as part of a lunch!
From a nutrition perspective, the reason I love peanut butter and jelly sandwiches is because they deliver a balance of: protein, healthy fats, and carbs.
To maximize the nutrition from a PB & J, when it comes to bread selection: opt for whole grain breads that deliver fiber and important nutrients like magnesium and b-vitamins! If you are following a gluten-free diet, opt for a whole grain gluten free bread like brown rice bread.
When it comes to the peanut butter I would suggest a natural peanut butter or switch it up and try almond or cashew butter.
Enjoy your next PB & J sandwich!
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