Mark’s Nutritious Toast Toppers

Is your breakfast in need of a revamp? To celebrate National Toast Day, our head chef Mark Donlon shares five of his favourite nutritious toast toppers to fuel you through the morning…

Blueberry, butterbean hummus and honey with mint
400g butterbeans
1 tbsp tahini
1 clove of garlic
1 lemon, juice
2 tbsp olive oil
6 mint leaves, chopped
Salt and pepper, to taste

Make your hummus by blitzing the butter beans, tahini, garlic, lemon juice and olive oil. Spread on a toasted sourdough and garnish with blueberries, a drizzle of honey and sprig of fresh mint. The butter bean hummus contains protein and calcium to help kick start your day.

Grilled figs, Parma ham and cottage cheese
4 figs
4 slices of Parma ham
115g cottage cheese
4 tsp honey
Rocket, to garnish

Grill the figs with a little honey and top your toast with the figs and a large spoonful of cottage cheese. Use Parma ham and rocket to garnish. Creamy and filling, cottage cheese contains vitamin B12, so that you can absorb the other nutrients from your food.

Labneh, hazelnut, coconut and chia seed
120g labneh
40g hazelnuts
20g coconut flakes
10g chia seeds

Spread labneh on the toast. Toast the hazelnuts and coconut flakes and sprinkle these on top. This is just as delicious on a wholegrain bagel too!

Smashed avocado, feta and sun-blushed tomatoes
2 avocados
20ml olive oil
1 red chilli
40g feta cheese
40g sun blushed tomatoes
1 bunch of watercress
Salt and pepper, to taste

It wouldn’t be a toast post without the holy grail of toppings… avocado! Prepare the avocado by removing the skin and stone, smash with a fork and season with lemon juice and pepper. Chop the feta and spread the toast with avocado, sun-blushed tomato and feta. Avocados contain healthy fats which can help to reduce cholesterol levels.

Crunchy peanut butter, berries and natural yoghurt
Crunchy peanut butter
1/2 punnet of mixed berries
4 tsps of natural yoghurt

For when you’re craving something sweet, this topping satisfies; it’s perfect on French toast! Slice your bread and coat with crunchy peanut butter. Add berries and yoghurt on top for a deliciously filling breakfast, keeping you full for longer.

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