Thanks to Mom Central, I got to try a sample of Nutella Hazelnut Spread. I've got to tell you, that stuff is FANTASTIC! I had tried Nutella before, then we stopped buying it. Why? To be honest, the nutrition statistics are not that great. HOWEVER... I think we are going to buy a jar of it when we go grocery shopping this weekend, anyway.
The bad news: Nutella IS extremely high in sugar and low in proteins, as compared to Jif Creamy Peanut Butter. (Most peanut butters come in and pretty close to the same nutrition facts.) When compared to peanut butter, there is no doubt that Nutella is not the best choice for morning nutrition.
The good news: When comparing calories, Nutella is only slightly higher than peanut butter. That gives you room to play with the negative points on the nutrition data if you are willing to rearrange some of your sugar and protein budget later in the day.
The ugly truth: I've come to the conclusion that every meal doesn't have to be perfect nutritionally. Yes, I would like to keep my sugar intake down. However, flavor DOES make a difference in our enjoyment of food. Every once in awhile, not making the best choice is okay. If one is eating an otherwise balanced diet, there should be room to play a little bit. If you are anything like me, breakfast is hard to eat in the first place. Making it fun and enjoyable goes a long way in getting me to eat.
I LOVE the recipe suggestions that came with my sample pack. Every one of them includes whole grains and fruit. Making a sandwich, roll-up, or wrap, is a fantastic idea. The nutty flavor pairs well with whole grain waffles, English muffins, and tortillas. I can't wait to try a wrap with banana, strawberry, and Nutella. What combination can you think of that would make a great breakfast?
You can enter to win a case of Nutella on their website. All you have to do is answer a few questions about the product, and you are entered. What a great opportunity to try Nutella if you have not done so already or to continue to enjoy a wonderfully delicious product if you are already a fan!
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