Fast(er) food

Pounding out the miles doesn’t write you a blank cheque to spend at the local takeaway. Get perfectly balanced runner’s nutrition without sacrificing taste via these reworked fast-food classics.

by Annie Rice

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With a savvy DIY nip and tuck, the stuff of late-night nutritional nightmares can become a lean protein-packed option, perfectly poised for post-run recovery. Plus, adding extra veggies packs in fibre and added nutrients.

Serves 2


1 tsp ground cumin

1 tsp ground coriander

1 tsp smoked paprika

2 tbsp olive oil

Juice of 1 lemon

Salt and freshly ground black pepper to taste

200g lean diced lamb leg, cut into 2-3cm pieces 

2 peppers, cut into  2-3cm pieces

1 red onion, peeled and cut into 2-3cm pieces

2 wholemeal flatbreads

Baby leaf spinach

1 garlic clove, peeled and crushed

1 avocado

2 tbsp Greek yoghurt

Salt and freshly ground black pepper

Pinch of ground chilli powder 


1 To prepare the marinade, whisk up the spices with olive oil, salt, pepper and lemon juice. Coat the meat in the marinade and leave to stand for half an hour.

2 Meanwhile, to make your guacamole topping, blend the avocado with garlic, yoghurt and seasoning.

3 Assemble the lamb with the chopped peppers and onions on to skewers and grill over a medium to high heat for eight to 10 minutes, turning every two minutes to ensure they’re cooked evenly.

4 Warm the flatbread then top with meat, peppers, onions, fresh spinach and guacamole. Wrap and serve.

Go the whole way  ‘White bread gives a rapid surge in insulin levels and provides a short-lived burst of energy, but wholemeal  flatbread helps stabilise blood sugars and is far richer in nutrients,’ says Percy.   

C, no evil ‘Grilled peppers pack a vitamin C immune-boosting punch,’ says Bailey. The vitamin also aids your body’s absorption of iron in the meat. Win-win. 

Lean in Slash the fat of the dubious kebab-shop cuts of lamb with a lean alternative. ‘There’s a higher omega-3 content in organic or grass-fed meat,’ says Bailey. Omega-3 is vital for runners’ joint health.

Avo bit more...‘Avocado is rich in heart-healthy monounsaturated fats and folate to support oxygen-carrying red blood cells,’ says Bailey.

Nutrition    Before      After

Calories    1,000          750

Fat             62g            40g

Carbs        55g            61g

Protein      56g            47g


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Made the fish and chips last night but substituted hake for the salmon and used cayenne chilli powder instead of chilli flakes. Totally delicious and well worth the effort with the beetroot. Mrs CT loved it. Thanks!

Posted: 08/12/2013 at 12:14

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