Peanut butter is a good pre-workout boost, however so is a piece of fruit and a protein shake. Whether you need a pre-workout boost in the morning is really dependant on your fitness goals. Are you trying to lose weight or gain weight? Are you lifting first thing in the morning or doing cardio? There are a lot of variables – and a lot of different peanut butters (some good, many bad).
If you are trying to lose fat, you should do cardio in the morning on an empty stomach. If you are looking to gain lean muscle, have a serving of peanut butter with half or a whole banana. When eating peanut butter, make sure you stick to the serving size of 2 tablespoons (which is about the size of a golf ball). More often than not, people tend to eat way too much peanut butter because they’re not sure how big 2 tablespoons actually is.
Now for the breakdown of peanut butter; choose a peanut butter that is all natural and contains no hydrogenated oils and no high fructose corn syrup. Do not get a peanut butter that advertises itself as “reduced fat” because it will most likely be pumped with extra sugar. My pick for peanut butter is Peanut Butter & Co. Old Fashioned Crunchy – it only contains two ingredients: peanuts and salt.