Peanut butter to keep athletes fueled – The Boston Globe

If you’re an outdoorsy type and tired of snacking on bland protein and other sports bars, power up instead with peanut butter. Follow the lead of Chris Kaiser, founder of Vermont Peanut Butter in Morrisville, Vt. An athlete (he’s a former baseball player), mountain biker, snowboarder, and hiker, Kaiser prefers the nutrition from peanut butter, which he spreads on bread, apples, crackers, or simply eats by the spoonful. So he developed a natural line ($4.95 to $8.95 for 16 ounces) using a proprietary blend of Southern peanuts. In addition to creamy and (very!) chunky varieties, Bee Nut Butter is lightly sweetened with raw honey, Good Karma blends peanuts with 67 percent dark chocolate, and Maple Walnut stands out with pure maple syrup and bits of walnuts. Mad River Mojo, made from peanuts, almonds, pumpkin seeds, dried cranberries, and flax, “is like a spreadable trail mix,” says Kaiser. “When you have all good stuff you won’t miss the bad stuff.” Available at Prince Postale, 71 Prince St., Boston, 617-973-4820; Duck Soup, 365 Boston Post Road, Sudbury, 978-443-3825; Joppa Fine Foods, 50 Water St., Newburyport, 978-462-4662; many Whole Foods Market locations; or go to