3 runner-friendly fast food recipes

Rustle up fast food that's far tastier and healthier than your local takeaway.

by Matthew Kadey, Ruth Emmett

chicken pizza
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If you’re fed up of ruining your hard work with greasy takeaways, put down the phone and pick up your pinny. With ready-to-use ingredients, you can cook post-run meals that are far healthier – and cheaper – than the ‘goods’ from your local  takeaway.

Ditch: Takeaway cheese and tomato pizza

Switch: Muscle-repairing veg and chicken pizza

Prepared chicken breast strips have a stellar 11:1 protein-to-fat ratio to help build muscle. And pesto, which is full of pine nuts, parmesan and olive oil, provides a tasty shot of heart-healthy monounsaturated fats. “Enjoy this right after a run, when you can benefit from the extra sodium found in the packaged ingredients to replace what you lose in sweat,” says sports dietitian and marathoner Rebecca Scritchfield.

Make it!
Place a 12-inch pizza base on a baking sheet and bake at 200C for six minutes, then remove. Cover with 180ml of jarred pesto, then top with rocket, torn ready-cooked chicken breast strips, sliced red peppers, sliced olives, torn fresh basil and a small block of crumbled goat’s cheese. Season and grill for one minute.

Try this: Use baby spinach instead of rocket; sub in low-fat grated mozzarella for goat’s cheese; use wholewheat pittas to make mini pizzas.

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i love food
Posted: 14/05/2012 at 10:36

I like food too.  I find it hard to do without it, to be honest.

Posted: 14/05/2012 at 13:16

Only vegan food for me pref. raw! Non vegan just isn't food, which means I avoid non-veg restaurants due to lack of variety.
Posted: 15/05/2012 at 10:51

i am sick of goat's cheese. why do people assume that all vegetarians love it. also hate the term "vegetarian food" - i eat food not some weird stuff that people think that people who don't eat meat like.
Posted: 15/05/2012 at 21:33

Quality thread.

Posted: 15/05/2012 at 22:44

I'm vegan too - why do restuarant menus have cheese on every veg dish - grrr!
Posted: 16/05/2012 at 08:11


I don't like cheese much either.

Posted: 16/05/2012 at 22:17

Why always goats cheese!  I love lots of different cheese but not goats. Why are restaurants obsessed with it?
Posted: 19/05/2012 at 06:59

I've been Vege since I was 10 yrs old - I'm 40 now 

 There have been some big changes over the years here in the UK Although it depends on where you go.

Brighton's GOOD

 I don't get Chinese restaurants/take aways marking dishes with oyster sauce in as vege - Vegetarians do NOT eat meat or fish  

Posted: 21/05/2012 at 10:43

Ive tried this meal. Very nice.

I did amend it slightly as not a big fan of rice so I added prawns/chicken & cashew nuts to veg stir fry. Ver tasky and does not bloat as would with rice. Lovely after a run.

Posted: 08/06/2012 at 09:01

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