Peanut butter tends to be a staple in many runners' diets. It's packed with protein, fiber and, yes, some fat. This combination gives runners the energy they need to complete tough workouts so peanut butter is a great go-to food before long runs or speed work. But, when that peanut butter is made with lots of added sugars or artificial ingredients it's not quite the healthy choice it could be.
Enter Saratoga Peanut Butter Company, a local company that makes healthy and delicious nut butters including the Albany Running Examiner's favorite, Adirondack Jack. Adirondack Jack is a filling mixture of peanut butter, almonds, dried cranberries, flax seeds, cinnamon, and honey. Spread on bread or toast it makes a hearty, enjoyable pre-run snack or breakfast.
Saratoga Peanut Butter Co is a small company that was started in 2005 by Jessica, an active mom with a love of peanut butter and a background in nutrition and physical education. Jessica set out to make healthy peanut butter and that is what she does. Jessica states that, "My goal has been to make a delicious and nutritious product without sacrificing anything!" Her nut butters are all gluten-free and they are made without added sugars, preservatives or artificial additives. In short, just the good stuff.
You can buy the nut butters online HERE. (Just for reference, the Adirondack Jack retails for $8.99 for a 16oz jar and the Blizzard Butter goes for $6.75 for 16oz. A 16oz jar of Plain Jane is $4.99.)
You can also find the nut butters at several locations including Honest Weight Food Co-op, select Price Choppers and many stores in Saratoga. A full list of retailers is online HERE.
Have you tried any of the Saratoga Peanut Butters? Got a favorite? Let us know!