Food Friday - This is how our riders keep an eye on their weight
Our riders need to have the optimum weight, especially the GC riders. The winner...
Peanut butter, who didn’t grow up with it? It is still one of the favourite spreads from our riders. In this Food Friday, we explain the nutritional value of peanut butter, relate it to cycling, and we finish off with two delicious peanut butter recipes.
Peanut butter was founded more than 120 years ago due to a surplus of peanuts. Over time it grew out to be one of the most consumed spreads across the world, but is it as healthy as we believe it to be?
The answer in short: peanut butter is nutritious, because it contains essential nutrients for everyone’s well-being, whether you are a cyclist or loyal fan. The nutritional value of peanut butter can be compared with that of both legumes and nuts. Officially, peanuts are a legume, just as beans and chickpeas. Legumes are high in protein and fibers, and so is peanut butter. But peanuts have a high amount of (unsaturated) fat as well, just as nuts (which is the reason why some people believe peanuts to be a type of nuts rather than a legume).
"Peanut butter is nutritious"
Some research shows that the consumption of too much peanuts might irritate the intestines, due to the fibers and/or specific nutrients (e.g. lectins). All not too pleasant while riding. However, our riders only consume small doses of (100%) peanut butter, using it as a spread. The main advantage of peanut butter is the nice flavor it can give to a dish. The essential nutrients are provided to our riders through the complete meal, not a single ingredient.
Peanut butter does contain essential nutrients, making it a perfect flavor-adding ingredient. Are you an active cyclist yourself? Try the breakfast recipe or protein recovery shake below!
Ingredients (4 persons):
Ingredients (2 shakes):