Essential Sports Nutrition


Recipe: Peanut Butter Pretzel Balls

While it's extremely important to think about what you eat before, during and after exercise, as well as on rest days, most athletes fail to plan ahead or question what and how much to eat. When you fall short on your meal planning and nutrient timing, you also fail to ensure that you are delivering the nutrients that your body needs to help you perform (and recover) at your best. When writing my book Essential Sports Nutrition, it was important to me that all recipes were nutritionally balanced and delicious. As an athlete myself, I want my recipes to come together quickly and to include easy-to-find ingredients.

To help you out, here are a few recipe ideas from my book to help with your meal planning:
Breakfast - Blueberry Stuffed French Toast

Lunch - Southwestern Salad

Afternoon snack - Carrot Cake Muffins

Dinner - Maple-Dijon-Glazed Salmon 

                                           Dinner - Sesame-Honey Tempeh with Wild Rice

Peanut Butter Pretzel Balls
Pg. 146 in 
Essential Sports Nutrition

Yield: 24 balls
Prep: 15 minutes

2 cups bite-size pretzels
3/4 cup creamy peanut butter
2 1/2 tbsp honey
1/2 tsp ground cinnamon

  1. Put the pretzels in a resealable plastic bag. Crush with a rolling pin until finely crushed but not too powdery. 
  2. In a medium bowl, stir together the peanut butter, honey, and cinnamon. Stir in the crushed pretzels until well combined. 
  3. Use a tablespoon to scoop the mixture and roll into 24 balls. Transfer to a parchment paper-lined baking sheet. 
  4. Freeze on the baking sheet for 10 minutes to set. 
Nutrition facts 
Per serving (1 ball):
Calories: 67
Saturated fat: 1g
Total fat: 4g
Protein: 2g
Total Carbs: 6g
Fiber: 1g
Sodium: 63g