Wednesday 28 January 2015

A Big Red Heart-Healthy Breakfast

Warburtons have a long-standing relationship with the British Heart Foundation and this January they have teamed up to try to raise £1m for the Wear It Beat It campaign. Until the end of February 5p will be donated from the sale of every loaf of Warburtons Wholemeal sold.

Warburtons and the British Heart Foundation Big Red Heart-Healthy Breakfast

Wholegrain carbohydrates are a very important part of a heart-healthy diet and Warburtons are committed to helping their consumers put their heart first. We like their wholemeal bread, not only because it's delicious, but because the 'bits' are really fine and so the children don't moan.

A slice of Warburtons wholemeal toast

Warburtons want the UK to get involved, grab a loaf and hold a Big Red Breakfast for friends, family or colleagues on Friday 6 February and raise a few pennies for the British Heart Foundation. Spend time together chatting and catching up over the most important meal of the day. The theme is red, so be creative and raise a smile - and don't forget to upload your photo's to the Warburtons Facebook page!

The British Heart Foundation advice for heart-healthy eating is very straightforward and mainly involves eating a well-balanced diet.

Try to eat:
  • plenty of fruit and vegetables - 5-a-day at least and include a variety of colours as different coloured produce contains different nutrients
  • plenty of starchy foods such as bread, rice, potatoes and pasta. Choose wholegrain varieties wherever possible
  • some milk and dairy products
  • some meat, fish, eggs, beans and other non-dairy sources of protein
  • only a small amount of foods and drinks high in fats and/or sugar, and substitute saturated fats such as butter with unsaturated e.g. olive or sunflower.
  • control portion sizes to control your weight
  • reduce salt
Warburtons kindly sent us a hamper of goodies so that we could host our own Big Red Breakfast, but it was manic last weekend, so in fact my partner came home for lunch on Monday and we had a Big Red Brunch in a rare relaxed half hour alone as a couple....

A hamper of goodies

Warburtons Big Red Breakfast Feb 9th 2015

We went for 3 very different heart-healthy options....

Ricotta cheese and Avocado smashed together with a little seasoning (I'd have added a drop of lemon juice, but mine turned out to be empty).

Avocado and Ricotta on toast heart healthy breakfast

A poached egg. Low fat and protein rich, cheap and easy.

Poached egg on toast

Fresh fruit and a tablespoon of ricotta cheese, with a little extra sweetness from honey. Although honey is widely considered to be a slightly better option, a spoonful genuinely contains more sugar than an actual spoonful of sugar, so be sparing. This works very well with 'eggy bread' (Gypsy toast), but be careful how much fat you use to cook it.

Fresh fruit and berries, ricotta and honey on toast

Et voila! A breakfast fit for champions......

A varied healthy breakfast

And although tea is better for you as it contains anti-oxidants, up to 4 or 5 coffees a day is okay too....

A Warburtons Big Red Breakfast

Warburtons Wholemeal is available in both 400g (rrp 96p) and 800g (rrp £1.48) loaves from all major supermarkets, most small local chain newsagents and corner shops, and if you live less than 20 minutes drive from the Head Office and bakery like we do - it's everywhere!!

I was sent my hamper in order to create my own Big Red Breakfast and share ideas for healthier eating.


  1. A great cause for them to be supporting, one that is very close to me after losing my Grandad through heart disease. It looks like a lovely hamper of goodies for you too.

    1. It was everything we ate - but there had been an 'eggsplosion' during transit, so I had to wash it all and looking inside that hamper wasn't as pretty as the outside! :D
      I'm sorry for the loss of your Grandad x

  2. I am so jealous of your Big Red Breakfast - Warburtons are our favourite bread brand! x

    1. Everywhere here sells Warburtons and it's our favourite bread brand - you can't beat it fresh from the shop, it's so soft! :)

  3. Did you just smash equal parts ricotta and avocado to make that? Do you suppose cottage cheese would also work? It looks fantastic.

    1. I did use roughly equal parts, and actually cottage cheese would probably work even better! :)

  4. Fresh fruit, ricotta cheese and honey bread look fantastic. They must be very delicious!


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