Nuts Over Nutella: My Recent MommyParties Get Together

I can’t event remember the first time I ever had Nutella and I don’t have any memories of my mom buying it when we were growing up, yet I feel like I’ve known about it for a long time. Perhaps I had friends growing up abroad who ate it or talked about it (I attended an international school) as it is popular in Europe. Either way, I love chocolate and the blend of hazelnuts and chocolate adds a little protein to what ever I am dipping it in or spreading it on, while making me feel like I am having a big indulgence. 

A few of the lucky gals I caught on camera

This MommyParties sponsored by Nutella was a great excuse to get some girlfriends together to catch up and let the kiddos tear up the house and keep each other entertained while we got some much needed adult conversation in. I was also pleasantly surprised to find during our trivia game, that there are 50 hazelnuts in each of the regular-sized containers of Nutella with a hint of chocolate and skim milk, even though it tastes like it is chocolate with a hint of hazelnuts! It does need to be eaten in moderation like any nut spread, but when paired with the right foods or snacks it can sweeten things up and provide some protein at the same time. It is also a great alternative to peanut butter for those with peanut allergies. 

One of my girlfriends who attended was one of the many who had not actually tried Nutella before and has some mild nut allergies, however, was unsure if she was allergic to hazelnuts. Good news: she wasn’t allergic and paraphrasing her words “now I can buy this for (my husband), since he always bugs me to get some at the store“. For those who already knew and loved Nutella, they went home with some new ideas of how to use it and an excuse to indulge in some with everyone attending. 

I chose to serve the Nutella roll-up recipe idea, where you spread 1-2 Tablespoons (a.k.a. a serving size) of Nutella on a Whole Wheat tortilla, add some fruit (dried, fresh or stewed) and roll it up into a yummy, easy snack. I have actually eaten this twice on my own since the party since it is so quick and easy to make and yummy to boot! We also let the kids dip animal crackers and pretzels in it as a treat, and we paired our Nutella goodies with some yummy egg and sausage casserole. 

With no artificial flavors, preservatives or ingredients Nutella is something you can feel good about serving your family (or don’t feel as guilty indulging on my own) to compliment a meal or pair with a healthy snack.  It definitely helps me get my chocolate fix without eating straight chocolate and can be a great way to get my daughter to eat more whole grains, fruit or other foods. Have you tried Nutella yet?

Samples of the products mentioned in the review were provided for this review. No other compensation was received for my time or entertaining supplies and the views and opinions are my own.

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By Emi Stapler. I am a cloth diaper advocate, green parenting blogger, mother of three and a military wife who enjoys sharing my motherhood adventures and advice. Follow me at The Cloth Diaper Report on Facebook, Twitter @TheCDReport , Google +, Pinterest and Instagram.

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