Today happens to be National PB&J Day, and if you KNOW me, then you KNOW there's not a chance I'd miss out in celebrating. As I write this, I am enjoying a PB&J waffle sandwich trying to carb-up for my long-run in a few hours. And as I write this, I am waiting for the most beautiful PB&J Dark Chocolate Cups to solidify in the freezer so that I can hopefully snap a few pictures before they disappear (again). Disappearing food has been a bit of a problem in our household lately, which makes it a bit difficult for me to capture new recipes on camera and share with you all (but I'm working on it!)
When I think about these PB&J Cups, I think about the importance of balance: both work-life balance and dietary intake balance. When I originally made these a week ago, I was in the midst of a non-stop "Kristen barely has time to sit down and breathe" type week. Come Wednesday, I knew I needed break to unwind, relax, and indulge in something fun that I enjoy (training is always fun, so I'm talking outside of training!) I took that opportunity to spend some quality time in the kitchen, jamming to music and putting my creativity to action in crafting some chocolate treats. YES I had work to do and probably could have used some extra sleep instead, but I knew taking some time for ME was important in recharging to get through the rest of the week. Similarly, while these chocolate treats can't exactly be the building blocks of my diet, I make room for them anyway, because they're something I enjoy and chocolate makes me happy (just about as happy as running... I think!)
Anyway, enough of my rambling about life, balance and being busy. I hope you have a wonderful weekend ahead, stay warm, and indulge in some down time doing (and eating!) things that you enjoy the most... and with the people in your life that you love the most!
Dark chocolate chips (aiming for 60% cocoa content or higher)
Creamy or smooth peanut butter
Jelly, flavor of choice
Mini cupcake liners, optional
Line mini cupcake pan with cupcake liners (optional, but helpful). Drop 1/2 tsp melted dark chocolate into each, followed by a dab of 1/2 tsp each jelly and PB. Top off each with an additional 1/2 tsp dark chocolate, and use a knife to swirl or completely cover the PB&J filling. Transfer to the freezer for approximately 10 minutes and you're done!
Happy National PB&J Day!
Happy (early) Valentines Day!
Kristen Chang is Registered Dietitian Nutritionist (RDN), Certified Specialist in Sports Dietetics (CSSD) and triathlete residing in southwest Virginia with her husband and dogs. Follow along as she shares favorite fueling recipes, general wellness and sport nutrition tips and stories from her athletic endeavors.
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