Breakfast is one of the most important meals of the day. It provides energy to keep you going and gives you a good start to the day. Recently Warburtons contacted me and asked if I would like to get involved in their Big Red Breakfast campaign. Warburtons have teamed up with the British Heart Foundation (BHF) to educate the nation on the importance of maintaining a healthy balanced diet. A healthy diet helps maintain a healthy heart. In order to help raise awareness Warburtons are changing the packaging on their wholemeal loaves to support the BHF’s Wear It Beat It campaign. Until the end of February Warburtons will donate 5p from every wholemeal loaf sold to the British Heart Foundation, the aim being to raise £1 million.
A healthy diet contains essential starchy carbohydrates like wholemeal bread. Wholemeal bread provides a slow release of energy to keep you going throughout the morning. This means you are less likely to reach for chocolate mid-morning. To help highlight the Big Red Breakfast Campaign Warbutons sent me a lovely hamper and challenged me to come up with recipes using wholemeal bread that can be eaten at breakfast.
The Big Red Breakfast hamper included some loaves of wholemeal bread and a mix of ingredients which I could use to create recipes. There were bananas, eggs, strawberries, blackberries, ricotta cheese, salsa and avocado pears. To help me serve my breakfast there were some mugs, egg cups, a toast rack, some napkins and a lovely apron. To my son’s delight there were also some balloons which he proceeded to blow up.
I was a bit surprised by the inclusion of salsa, ricotta cheese and avocado but decided to make an avocado ricotta spread to top some toast. A lot of people prefer something savoury for breakfast and on the continent cold meats and cheese are often served for breakfast. I thought it might make a pleasant change. The avocado ricotta spread was really quick and easy to make and when topped with the salsa made a really nice snack. A big mug of tea made the perfect accompaniment.
I made the spread by scoping an avocado into a bowl and mashing it up. I then added a pot of ricotta cheese and stirred them together until they were combined. I also added some black pepper to jazz it up a bit. All I needed to do then was prepare the Warburtons wholemeal toast spread the avocado and ricotta and salsa on top. The spread was lovely for breakfast and it would also make a nice filling for a lunchtime sandwich with a bit of ham and tomato. For other breakfast ideas why not try Brunch Scrambled Eggs or Melon Breakfast Sundaes.
Warburtons are encouraging us to hold a Big Red Breakfast with family, friends and colleagues to help raise money for the British Heart Foundation. If you visit the Warburtons facebook page you will get ideas for recipes as well as a chance to win a Warburtons Red Breakfast kit of your own. Warburtons wholemeal loaf is available in 400g (RRP 96p)and 800g (RRP£1.48)