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

Ingredients

½ cup cottage cheese
1 scoop chocolate protein powder
1 Tbsp. peanut butter

Instructions

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