Jamie says: Last weekend I raced my 16th triathlon, Top Gun Sprint Triathlon in Fort Desoto. I love everything from packet pick-up to body marking (this was the first time I had tattoo numbers!) to buying my race day song on iTunes (Yeah by Joe Nichols was my song of choice) to waking up at 4:30 in the morning to being surrounded by athletes. I was blessed to be recognized on the podium with another Registered Dietitian Nutritionist. Can you believe that? Two RDNs made the top 5 in our age group. The power of nutrition! Want to know what I ate the day before? My pre-race day lunch was Crunchy PB & Fruit Fondue Pita Pockets.
I loved the crunch, the combo of chocolate and peanut butter, and the juiciness of the fruit.
And I absolutely love a glass of cold milk. It balances out the thickness of the peanut butter (and adds protein and 9 essential vitamins and minerals). I made these a second time, too, but this next time I microwaved the pockets, which made the chocolate melt and the fruit more preserve-like. Both options were tasty, but I think melted is the way to go!
Crunchy PB & Fruit Fondue Pita Pockets
- 1 whole wheat pita (Toufayan Bakeries)
- 4 fresh strawberries
- 1/4 cup fresh blueberries
- 2 Tbsp all-natural peanut butter (Publix)
- 20 dark chocolate chips (Ghirardelli)
- 1/4 cup Fuji red apple chips, organic (Bare Fruit)
- Cut pita in half and gently peel open. Place on a microwave-safe plate.
- Slice strawberries.
- If peanut butter is refrigerated and hard to spread, scoop into a microwave-safe bowl and microwave for 10 seconds. Stir. Repeat at 5 second intervals until softened. Spread peanut butter inside both pita halves.
- Fill pitas with strawberry slices, blueberries, and dark chocolate chips.
- If desired, microwave stuffed pitas for 20 seconds and then at 5 second intervals until chocolate is melted. Add apple chips to pita. Enjoy!
Serving suggestion: Serve with a glass of fat free milk
- Nutrition note: Fuel and replenish with carbohydrates (whole wheat pita, fruit, milk), lean protein or protein with good-for-you fats (fat free milk and peanut butter), and a little unsaturated fats (peanut butter). Dark chocolate in moderation adds flavor and a little antioxidant boost.