Nutrient-packed olive recipes for runners

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Olives are rich in both monounsaturated fats that help protect your heart and reduce blood pressure, plus antioxidants that reduce inflammation. On top of that, the phytonutrient hydroxytyrosol, which guards against bone loss and cancer, has been found in olives. They pack a flavour punch to match their health kick, too. ‘Olives may be small, but their briny, piquant flavour brings ordinary ingredients to life,’ says Pam Anderson, 10-time marathoner, RW contributing chef and author of Three Many Cooks. She incorporates olives into Mediterranean-inspired pizzas and salads.


Savoury salad

Large, bright green Castelvetrano olives add fruity flavour.

450g thin green beans, blanched

6 Castelvetrano olives, sliced

1 ½ sticks celery, diced + 1 handful celery leaves

1 medium shallot, thinly sliced

½ lemon (zest and juice only)

2 tbsp olive oil

Salt and ground black pepper

In a bowl, toss the beans, olives, celery, leaves, zest and shallots. Drizzle with the lemon juice and oil. Season with salt and pepper. Serves 6


Sweet tapenade

Serve on a toasted baguette spread with goat’s cheese.

1 clove garlic

150g dried figs

130g black olives

1 tsp herbs de Provence

1 tsp minced fresh rosemary

1 tsp orange zest

2 tsp balsamic vinegar

2 tbsp olive oil

Ground black pepper

In a food processor, mince the garlic. Add the figs, olives, herbs, zest and a sprinkle of pepper. Process until finely chopped. Add vinegar and oil; pulse to combine.