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ROBBIEY SparkPoints: (108,927)
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6/30/13 2:57 P

Ocassional snack item for me.

FATASHNOMORE SparkPoints: (9,573)
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6/30/13 2:33 P

Nutella is not allowed in my home. Lol. One standard size jar of Nutella contains 2,000 calories, which means every time I raise the spoon to my lips (I don't use it as a condiment, it's the main course for me) I consume 200 calories in one fell swoop.

Buuuuut if you can exercise more self-control and portion snacks out, Nutella is phenomenal in Puppy Chow (the recipe is on the side of the Chex Mix cereal box).

CMCOLE Posts: 2,667
6/29/13 7:55 A

civilizedcavemancooking.com/grain-free-goo
dies/paleo-not-ella-chocolate-hazelnut
-butter/


may be an option to make your own healthier version?

The site I found with the Nutella ingredients:

INGREDIENTS: SUGAR, PALM OIL, HAZELNUTS, COCOA, SKIM MILK, REDUCED MINERALS WHEY (MILK), LECITHIN AS EMULSIFIER (SOY), VANILLIN: AN ARTIFICIAL FLAVOR.

your decision whether you wish to consume it or not, I suspect

DETOX55 SparkPoints: (1,070)
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6/29/13 4:42 A

I have yet to find a processed food that is healthy....

CORTNEY-LEE SparkPoints: (53,174)
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6/28/13 1:12 P

as a side note --

when I REALLY want Nutella, they sell these things called "Nutella to Go" and it is a single serve portion - great way to enjoy it, but not keep it in the house

MISSRUTH Posts: 3,539
6/28/13 8:27 A

I don't look at any food as either "good" or "bad". Sure, some stuff is a healthier choice. And some of the most yummy stuff, is not such a healthy choice. I try to make healthy choices most of the time, but life isn't about just always eating healthy (speaking just for myself here). Things like Nutella fall into the treat category for me. Just like Little Debbie Nutty bars. Love those things. And potato chips on an American cheese sandwich (white bread) with that bright yellow mustard. I don't eat those things every day, but because I treat them like a, well, treat-- I think I enjoy them more when I DO eat them.

KENZIEROO SparkPoints: (1,862)
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6/27/13 9:25 P

I had a teaspoon tonight and was able to stop, we will see how it goes.

JIPSTER1974 Posts: 10
6/27/13 9:03 P

Nutella is one of my favourite things:) I grew up with it and have always loved it. But it is definitely a treat now. I rarely buy it anymore because I find it very hard to resist and end up eating way too much of it.

FROGMAN2013 SparkPoints: (1,747)
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6/27/13 8:15 P

Oh, I love that. From now on I will call it frosting. Thanks!

CORTNEY-LEE SparkPoints: (53,174)
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6/27/13 3:23 P

sadly Nutella is one of those, I can't keep it in my house foods... I think moderation is the key and using it on occasion is fine.

Nutella doesn't fall into my "everyday food" category.

JENNILACEY SparkPoints: (75,427)
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6/27/13 3:15 P

There's always a healthier option if you DIY.

http://chocolatecoveredkatie.com/2012/01
/09/better-than-nutella/

CHELHART SparkPoints: (2,598)
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6/27/13 2:47 P

I'm all for moderation; however, I think everyone has certain items that they can't do "moderation" with. I can do moderation with Nutella, but my husband can not. I have a little jar of it that I keep in my house for an occassional nutella covered graham cracker, but most of the time, it stays at the store. I can't do moderation with Chex Mix, Diet Coke, Oreos (or most other sandwich cookies), etc. Just doesn't work too well.

KYLAR_STERN SparkPoints: (22,233)
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6/27/13 10:10 A

"My kids like it plus I used it as a chocolate drizzle over some banana s and I will try it on some strawberries. I will definitely keep it in moderation and only on occasion"

Perfect plan. if you like it, don't deprive yourself of it. Just think of it as a treat rather than adding healthy fat to an apple or banana for a snack like I like using real peanut butter for.

Just don't make a big PB&J with it. That sugar rush will send your kids through the roof lol

Edited by: KYLAR_STERN at: 6/27/2013 (11:22)
SENNAIRA SparkPoints: (11,335)
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6/27/13 8:42 A

Unfortunately, nutella is on the bad boy list. Sad because I absolutely LOVE nutella. But I dont buy it anymore because I'm one to over indulge next thing you know, the whole jar is gone :(

However, i did find a homemade Nutella recipe here on SP: recipes.sparkpeople.com/recipe-detail.asp?
recipe=1383995


MADILYNEVE Posts: 369
6/26/13 9:39 P

I understand what everyone has said and thankyou for your response s I am going to keep it since I already bought it. My kids like it plus I used it as a chocolate drizzle over some banana s and I will try it on some strawberries. I will definitely keep it in moderation and only on occasion


SPOORK Posts: 1,193
6/26/13 9:34 P

It's heavily processed. If you're looking for something healthier, it's very easy to make your own hazelnut spread with no artificial ingredients.

ANARIE Posts: 12,436
6/26/13 9:12 P

Love4kitties hit the nail on the head. It's frosting! Whipped fat and sugar with some nut butter mixed in. As frostings go, it's probably healthier than most of the frosting you get in a can, but if I remember right it actually has more calories. If you can have something like that in your house and only have a teaspoon or two now and then, it's fine, but most of us would probably eat way too much!

LOVE4KITTIES Posts: 1,924
6/26/13 8:46 P

I might frost a cake with it, but it's definitely not a health food.
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MANDIETERRIER1 Posts: 13,704
6/26/13 6:19 P

If you could find a natural nut butter and mix a teaspoon of chocolate syrup into it. I imagine that would be a better option.

If you must have nutella and you measure and track it. Eat it in moderation. Its not a really great snack. Just as long as your not one of those people that eats the entire jar in one sitting with a spoon.

MEGAPEEJ Posts: 732
6/26/13 5:38 P

I don't like putting food in to "good" and "bad" lists because I think moderation is the key, but I think Nutella is darn hard to work in to a healthy eating and weight loss plan except as a very occasional treat. A lot of calories for a small serving and very little nutritional value. For all intents and purposes it's candy.

ICEDEMETER Posts: 810
6/26/13 3:10 P

I have to agree that Nutella is nutritionally horrible, but if it's something that you liked the taste of then you might want to look in to picking up some natural nut butter (almond or hazelnut or peanut or whatever) that is made with nothing but the nuts, and mixing it with unsweetened cocoa powder. This will give you the chocolate/nut flavour, along with all of the nutrition of the natural nut butter and the cocoa.


WADINGMOOSE Posts: 1,044
6/26/13 3:09 P

I try to subscribe to the moderation way. I like nutella, but don't eat it every day, it's more of a treat food, like any other chocolate would be. And 90% of the time it isn't even in my pantry.

But it makes a darned fine s'more.

DIETITIANBECKY Posts: 26,619
6/26/13 2:41 P

Leave it on the shelf.

The first two ingredients are sugar and palm oil.... then a few hazelnuts. That's why there is only 2 grams of protein in a serving...yet the sugar and fat are provding almost 200 calories and 5 teaspoons of sugar. What a marketing SCAM!

Becky
SP Registered Dietitian

MADILYNEVE Posts: 369
6/26/13 2:33 P

:( thanks

BEARCLAW6 SparkPoints: (27,813)
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6/26/13 2:29 P

Nutella is God's way of telling you that you really do not want to actually eat healthier....just kidding. No, Nutella is not good for you in pretty much any way. It is basically a small amount of healthy nuts mixed in with a bunch of sugar and chocolate.

MADILYNEVE Posts: 369
6/26/13 2:24 P

I recently tried nutella and I like it. So before I get too deep into loving it. Is it on the good list of snacks or bad list?

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