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Healthy Living: Refuel and Recover with Peanut Butter

What we put into our bodies after a workout really does matter. Experts agree that our bodies and muscles recover the best when we combine protein and carbohydrates together to replenish muscles and energy sources.

Muscles seem to be most receptive to repair when we eat our post-workout snack within 30-60 minutes after exercise. During this time, our bodies see an increase in certain enzyme activity which makes the body more efficient at storing what we need for energy, as well as building the proteins we need for our muscles.

Peanut butter is a wonderful post-workout weapon, you just have to make sure you measure your portions and don’t eat the whole jar! Peanut butter is inexpensive, filling and can be used in so many different ways. I like to use peanut butter and leftover rotisserie chicken to make these Asian Chicken Wraps and keep a few in the fridge for a quick snack after I’ve cooled down and showered. To up the nutritional value and crunch even more, you can add a handful of purchased slaw mix on top of the chicken before wrapping.


Asian Chicken Wraps

Cooking spray
1/2 cup thinly sliced carrot sticks
1/3 cup chopped green onions
2/3 cup light coconut milk
1 Tbs soy sauce
1 Tbs rice vinegar
3 Tbs creamy peanut butter
1/8 tsp ground red pepper
2 cups shredded skinless, boneless rotisserie chicken breast
4 (8-inch) fat-free flour tortillas, warmed

Spray a large skillet with nonstick cooking spray and heat over medium-high. Add carrots and onions and cook one minute. Stir in coconut milk, soy sauce, rice vinegar, creamy peanut butter and red pepper. Cook and stir constantly, about 30 seconds. Add the chicken, stirring to coat. Remove from heat and let cool a few minutes before wrapping in tortillas. Spoon about 1/2 cup chicken mixture down center of each tortilla. Roll up. Cover and chill until ready to use.  

Nutritional Information: Calories per Serving: 370, Fat: 18.4 g (10.0 g Saturated Fat), Cholesterol: 33 mg, Sodium: 718 mg, Carbohydrates: 32.0 g, Fiber: 5.3 g, Protein: 20.0 g

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