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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.)
If you want to step it up from traditional peanut butter, order our eponymous nut butter combos from Chia Charger, one of our sponsors. These butters include chia seeds (the superfood made famous in the book Born to Run) and are made by hand in small batches. My mix is peanut almond butter blended with vegan dark chocolate. Bec’s smooth peanut butter with agave nectar is just a hint sweet. They’re pricier than nut butters at Trader Joe’s, but a worthy indulgence: part of the proceeds go to the Ulman Cancer Fund for Young Adults.
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.