Our current favorite power snack combines two heaping spoonfuls of peanut or almond butter, a small dollop of coconut oil, a drizzle of maple syrup, and a dusting of raisins or mini chocolate chips. About an hour before a workout, I’ll swirl all this into a ramekin and eat it off a spoon.
The idea comes from our friend and training partner Jodi. A few years ago, she invited me to her house in the Hamptons for a training weekend while she was prepping for the Ö TILL Ö, a dawn-to-dusk swimming and running race in Sweden (it's like a super-charged S.O.S.). One afternoon between workouts I caught Jodi slathering peanut butter, coconut oil, and honey on rice cakes. I figured if it energizes her through ultra-distance events, motherhood, and running her own business, it ought to see me through a two-a-day.
Bec had the idea to de-bulk Jodi’s combo. She swapped the rice cakes for a ramekin and spoon, making this the perfect quick-hit before a workout. We usually enjoy this treat up to one hour before a run or 15 minutes before a bike ride or swim. If I’m literally running out the door for a swim, I stop at one spoonful of nut butter. More and I’ll taste peanut butter on my flip-turns. (But if I have a workout on the schedule that's longer than two hours, I'll mix up this combo and spread it on a bagel or toast and have it with an espresso.)
Wassner Twins Pre-Workout Snack
2 heaping tablespoons peanut, almond, or other nut butter
1 teaspoon coconut oil (or unsweetened shredded coconut)
1 teaspoon mini chocolate chips, raisins, or dried cranberries
a drizzle (about ¾ teaspoon) maple syrup or honey
teeny pinch fine sea salt
Layer the ingredients, in order, into a ramekin or small bowl. Grab a spoon, scoop, eat, SWIM, BIKE, or RUN.