I’m currently deep in the marathon training trenches right now. That block of training where I question what I ever did before running 8+ hours a week.
Did I have friends?
Did I knit sweaters?
Did I go to the movies?
I’m not sure because all I do presently is run. And eat. Yes, I run and I eat.
Along with the sore muscles and insatiable appetite that accompany high mileage weeks, I’m also prone to runner brain. Does anyone else get that? Where you have a hard time forming complete thoughts beyond what your split was for mile 11 of that 16 mile long run.
I found myself growing tired of my routine high-protein snack of Greek yogurt mixed with peanut butter. When you’re eating as many calories as I am, variety becomes a necessity. I did a quick Google search (yes, I’m a dietitian, but remember that runner brain) on high protein snacks.
Cottage cheese made almost every single list of “best protein foods for recovery.” With 12 g protein per half cup serving, I can see why.
Amidst the strange looks I received from my husband, I substituted cottage cheese for my typical Greek yogurt, added a scoop of chocolate protein powder, and transformed my routine protein snack into a creamy, indulgent treat.
My prevailing mental state can only handle 3 ingredients and 2 steps of directions, so I kept it simple for everyone else in the trenches of training with this Peanut Butter Cup Recovery Mousse.
Peanut Butter Cup Recovery Mousse
Yield: 1 serving
½ cup cottage cheese
1 scoop chocolate protein powder
1 Tbsp. peanut butter
Add all 3 ingredients into a food processor or blender and blend until smooth, mousse-like texture.
Eat immediately or, for best results, chill in refrigerator for 30 minutes prior to eating.
Nutrition Information (1 serving)
- 237 calories
- 9g carbohydrates
- 11g fat
- 26g protein
- 4g sugar