Nutella- Is that a healthy breakfast?
Have you noticed those Nutella commercials? Or the labels on the Nutella jar, declaring it “An example of a tasty and balanced breakfast”
“Breakfast never tasted this good”- true, but is it healthy?
So what’s in it? Sugar 21g per serving, palm oil, hazelnuts, cocoa, skim milk, cocoa. The most dominant ingredients are sugar, followed closely by palm oil, both not mentioned in the commercial.
When inspecting food labels, it is important to be aware that the listing of ingredients is arranged from the main ingredient (greatest amount) to the smallest one, which means that the product contains the largest amount of the first ingredient on the list and the minimum amount of the last ingredient on the list. Sugar and palm oil are mentioned first, but are NOT mentioned in the commercial.
If you simplify the list, you realize that 50% of Nutella is simple sugar and 30% is fat – do you consider that healthy??
Its true – “Breakfast never tasted so good”, but healthy it is NOT.
Here is my version of homemade Nutella-like spread. This IS good for you, and it is tasty too, but hey, don’t overdo it.
1 cup raw hazelnuts 2 tbsp raw cacao powder
2 tbsp hemp seeds 2 tbsp raw honey or 6 dates 1/2 cup almond milk Directions: Grind hazelnuts to a fine powder using your food processor. Add cocoa powder, hemp seeds, dates and honey, and a little bit of the water or almond milk. Blend to a thick and creamy consistency, adding liquid as needed.
Hemptella choc balls
½ cup Hemptella
¼ cup almond meal
¼ cup shredded unsweetened coconut
2 tbs oat flour
Mix together to a dough-like consistency, add more flour if it feels too soft, roll into balls and coat with shredded coconut. Enjoy!
1 tbs Hemptella