If you hadn’t already figured it out, I’m addicted to chocolate. Actually, I’m addicted to dessert. Actually, just food in general…
day-after-Thanksgiving leftovers bliss
But my food addiction is beside the point. The point is that World Nutella Day is in two days, and I used to be a hardcore Nutella addict until last August when I randomly decided that I would
never eat Nutella again take a break from the chocolatey hazelnut heaven in a jar. This has ultimately turned into me not touching the stuff since then.
(Chocolatey is a word, Spell Check!)
Last year, I was freakin’ on point with this holiday.
I made banana Nutella cupcakes with extremely sugary Nutella frosting. I advertised the holiday to my friends, making sure that everyone participated and indulged in scooping the stuff out of a jar with a spoon. I must have eaten 3,000 calories of Nutella in one day.
Oh, how times have changed…
Nowadays, the very thought of so much sugar/fat/yuckiness disgusts me. I’m just picturing spoonfuls of Nutella slithering down into my stomach and…just sitting there, making me feel lethargic and tired and depressed.
Cold Hard Nutella Facts: (Source: Nutella USA)
- Ingredients: sugar, palm oil, hazelnuts, cocoa, skim milk, reduced minerals whey (milk), lecithin as emulsifier (soy), vanillin: an artificial flavor.
- Each serving of Nutella contains 200 calories (110 from fat)
- There are 21 grams of sugar per serving (and only 2g of protein!)
- One serving of Nutella is 20% of your recommended daily saturated fat intake
They look so innocent…
You can see why I have absolutely no desire to break my unofficial “Thou-shalt-not-partake-in-the-consumption-of-Nutella” pact that I didn’t realize I was making last August.
Now that I’ve decided to maintain my Nutella abstinence, my options for celebrating the holiday have actually expanded! Some of my choices:
- Eat the rest of the brownie batter dip that I made the other day. I got the recipe from Chocolate-Covered Katie and it’s basically an extremely healthy Nutella. Surprise: It contains garbanzo beans!! (Yes, the kind you use to make hummus.) But it tastes amazing and is super-nutritious. You can’t taste the beans.
- Make “Healthy Nutella.” (also from Chocolate-Covered Katie)
- Eat salads and vegetables and lean proteins all day without chocolate. Somehow I don’t think I’ll choose this option… 😉
Have a good World Nutella Day! No matter how you celebrate, whether sticking to carrots and snap peas or digging into a Ferrero jar with your fingers, I hope you have a blast. Food is meant to be enjoyed!! Why not holidays to emphasize that?
PS: On another note, I turn seventeen in eleven days! (Yes, Valentine’s Day. I don’t like the holiday, but I do like my birthday. Does that make any sense?)