Team USA's Favorite PB&Js

Jif® and Smucker’s® asked our #PBJ4TeamUSA athletes what their favorite PB&J combo was, and got in a few fun questions about how they spread their PB&J love. Check out your favorite Team USA athlete’s PB&J recipe below and read some fun tips, tricks, and PB&J memories!

1. Torin Yater-Wallace


What’s your favorite PB&J combo?
Sourdough bread, crunchy peanut butter, and strawberry jam.

Who makes the best PB&J in your family?
I’ve always made PB&J’s for myself so I can only speak for myself, I guess I do a decent job.


2. Meryl Davis

What’s your favorite PB&J combo?
My favorite PB&J is crunchy peanut butter, strawberry jelly, cut-up bananas and honey. I especially like it on any toasted bread.

What’s your first memory of eating a PB&J?
I grew-up on a lake in Michigan and spent some incredibly beautiful, long summer days at the beach throughout my childhood. I fondly remember the cooler full of juice boxes, lunches and snacks my mom would pack to take with us. We rarely left our spot on the beach before dark. No matter the variety of snacks or types of juice, PB&J sandwiches were always a must for our days at the beach.


3. Ted Ligety 

What’s your favorite PB&J combo?
Crunchy peanut butter and raspberry jam on wheat with crust.

Top three tips for making a PB&J at home?
There is only one tip that really matters; the sandwich has to stay on the top of your lunch bag or backpack horizontally so it doesn’t get smashed and the jam/jelly doesn’t run to one side. All the rest is personal preference.


4. McRae Williams 

What’s your favorite PB&J combo?
I’m a classic PB&J kind of guy. White bread, raspberry jelly, and smooth peanut butter.

Who makes the best PB&J in your family?
Mom of course! It’s special because it’s mom. Who makes a better PB&J than mom? Plus, she’s not afraid to use excessive amounts of peanut butter and jelly. The more the better!


5. Evan Strong

What’s your favorite PB&J combo?
Toasted sour dough, crunchy peanut butter and blueberry jam, drizzled honey with sliced bananas.

Weirdest place you’ve ever eaten a PB&J?

A great place is up on the training hill when you’re running a long day of drills.  Up on the glacier at 12K feet, under the sun, break for lunch but can’t get off the hill...thank God I have a PB&J!

The most unusual place I have ever had a PB&J would be on a melting glacier on the peak of the Austrian Alps.