Part of a wholesome breakfast

Nutella is a beautiful thing, no doubt. It’s catnip for adults. I put out a jar at a party once, accompanied by spoons, no nutella for breakfastcrackers or such. Guests clustered around it like drowning people who could be saved only by chocolate and hazelnut.

However, I have never viewed it as wholesome breakfast food. That’s why I fell out laughing at a TV commercial touting the spread as a good-for-you breakfast for kids. Jolly kiddies are getting ready for the day munching on what is stressed is whole-wheat bread, slathered inch-thick with Nutella. Mom is smiling, probably because she knows that when the sugar jolt hits, they’ll be in class and their teachers will have to deal with it.

The idea is on the Nutella label, too: “An example of a tasty yet balanced breakfast, a glass of skim milk, orange juice and Nutella on whole-wheat bread.” I suppose the idea is that whole wheat covers all sins. In case you were wondering, two tablespoons of the spread contains 21 grams of sugar and 11 grams of fat. Great for dessert or livening up a party, but for breakfast… As you all know, I’ve never been awarded a badge from the food police, nor do I seek one. But, come on, now.

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