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A childhood favorite, peanut butter and jelly, is also a favorite of the Cavs players

Posted at 6:57 PM, Jun 04, 2017

It's a childhood favorite, a snack that brings nostalgia to many, is also a favorite among Cavaliers players.

The simple peanut butter and jelly sandwich makes its way into every NBA training room and on every team flight.

Amy Jamieson-Petonic, a registered sports dietitian nutritionist, monitors the eating habits of many Cleveland athletes throughout the season.

"These guys that are playing basketball are expending hundreds, perhaps thousands of calories if you're talking about a really high-level intensity game."
 
Petonic advises the athletes to pack on the calories before hitting the courts. 
 
At about 350 calories, PB&J sandwiches provide the needed protein to help the muscles repair after a high-intensity workout.
 
Aside from the nutritional benefits, PB&J brings back childhood memories for many.
 
Psychologist Dr. Howard Hall said this timeless sandwich has a calming effect for players.
 
"We pair peanut butter and jelly for fun times, young times," said Dr. Hall.
 
A few bites into the favorite snack can help players refocus and reduce the stress that comes with the territory.
 
If you can get out of that high-stress situation into that comfort zone, performance would actually be better," Dr. Hall said.