Being a runner doesn't mean you can't enjoy the good things in life - by which we mean gloriously rich, melting cheese toasties (or grilled cheese sandwiches, as our transatlantic cousins would have it). Put together these combos for a comfort food fix with a healthy kick. For each recipe, grill the sandwich until both sides are crispy and the cheese has softened.
1/ Smoky black bean
Stay fuller for longer with the fibre and plant protein from black beans. Top 1 slice wholegrain bread with mashed black beans, sliced roasted red pepper, grated smoked cheddar cheese, thinly sliced avocado and a second bread slice.
2/ Apple and cheddar
Antioxidant-rich apples and omega 3-packed walnuts add crunch. Top 1 slice wholegrain bread with thinly sliced apple, grated cheddar cheese, chopped sage, chopped walnuts and a second bread slice.
3/ Beetroot salmon
Nitrates from beetroot and omega fats in salmon may improve your muscle endurance. Top 1 slice rye bread with smoked salmon, lemon juice, a smear of cream cheese, sliced roasted beetroot, dill and a second bread slice coated with cream cheese.
4/ Chicken fig
Roasted chicken is high in protein and figs give you bone-building calcium. Spread fig preserve on 1 slice wholegrain bread and top with chopped rosemary, sliced roast chicken, baby spinach, fontina cheese and a second bread slice.
The vitamin C in tomatoes helps protect runners from colds. Spread basil pesto on 1 slice sourdough bread and top with thinly sliced prosciutto ham, grated mozzarella cheese, sliced tomato, rocket and a second bread slice.
6/ Steak kimchi
Energise your runs with the iron in steak, and keep your gut healthy with the probiotics in kimchi. Top 1 slice wholegrain bread with grated havarti cheese, thinly sliced cooked sirloin steak, chopped kimchi and a second bread slice.