Friday, 27 August 2010

Nutella At Legoland

Whilst growing up I used to have Nutella for breakfast most mornings and even when I grew up and moved out I remember having jars of it in the cupboard , there were many mornings where me and my housemates were found spoon feeding ourselves straight out of the jar! (It's on every students must do list!) So to me it feels normal to offer it to Oliver as a everyday spread for his breakfast in the mornings.

I see nutella as a family friendly brand, and I'm guessing it can be found on most of your breakfast tables too?! When I got invited along with some other Mummy Bloggers to a Nutella event at Legoland I went along to find exactly how family friendly Nutella really is.

We were greeted with a wonderful breakfast spread which of course involved lots of Nutella. This was no ordinary breakfast though , we had some lovely company in the form of Ferrero UK's Marketing Director, Mauro de Felip , Psychologist Karen Pine , Nutritionist and Chef Alan Coxon.

We discussed in detail how much breakfast plays a big role in day to day meals and how nutritional certain breakfasts are.

Some of the things I learnt...
  • Per serving Nutella has less sugar then jam.
  • Children have a stomach the size of their clenched fist
  • Because Nutella is packed full of Hazelnuts it realeases energy slowly. It is a low GI food.
  • A parent will have to give a new food 10 to 15 times before it's accepted (So I wont be giving up on trying to get Oli to eat cabbage just yet!)
  • Children eat food by example
  • Breakfast really is the most important meal of the day! I know I already knew this but it reminded me that it was something I need to get across to Oli now and in years to come.
  • There is no need to use butter when spreading Nutella on your toast.
  • Nutella contains no artificial colours , preservatives or hydrogenated fat.
  • Alax Coxon is the King of food knowledge , check out his to be entertained.

For different views on the breakfast discussion and Nutella as a healthy option you can pop over to any of the following blogs : Amy at Cooking , Cakes & Children , Liz at Violet Posy ,Lulu at Family Affairs , Pippa at A Mother's Ramblings , Mary at Mary Poppins , Claire at Being A Mummy , Kat at Diary Of A (Not So) Single Mum , Vic at Glowstars , Emily at More Then Just A Mother and Kelly at A Place Of My Own.

For all that time I was eating Nutella I was convinced that it was chocolate spread. How wrong I was! The cocoa content for it is around 7% which is barely anything if you compare it to other spreads. The two hazelnuts which are included in every 15g makes Nutella a hazelnut spread , and all that time I just thoughts the nuts were on it to make it look pretty!

For me this breakfast event only made me more confident in my choice to give Nutella as a breakfast spread to Oli , I see it as part of a essential balance diet which both him & me can benefit from. I see it being a part of our breakfast table for years to come.

Head over to the Wake Up To Nutella website where you can try out one of many Nutella recipes listed.

BIG Thank Yous to Scott , Tim & The rest of the team at Cohn & Wolfe who are a fantastic PR company to work with, The lovely childminders who were on hand to look after the kid whilst we had breakfast and Legoland for letting us come & play.