Wednesday, January 9, 2013

Almond Nutella Recipe + HoW 2





I love nutella. Who doesn't?

My friend first introduced it to me a few years ago and I've been hooked since. Sweet, chocolatey and creamy, it's delicious!
However, I don't like the fact that it's high in sugar and calories. It's actually really unhealthy. Have you seen the nutrition label?

from the  Nutella Website


It's crazy! There's 21 grams of sugar in just one serving of nutella. On top of that, there is 11 grams of fat, 3.5grams which are saturated. We are suppose to limit our intake of saturated fat. Take a look at the ingredients list: 

from the Nutella Website


 The first ingredient is SUGAR. That's not a good sign. On the ingredients list, the first ingredient is the predominant ingredient and then goes down in descending order. In English, the first ingredient has the most while the last one has the least.

You can learn more about reading nutrition labels from eatright.org and from the FDA website. It's really important to learn how to read nutrition labels so you know what you are putting in your body. 

Anyway, my homemade almond nutella is healthier. Here's the recipe and the nutrition facts. 

Servings: 8
Calories: 120 calories
Sugar: 8.5 grams
Fat: 7.63 grams
Saturated Fat: 0.5 grams (all foods with fat naturally have some saturated fat, some more than others)


Ingredients:
  • 1 cup roasted almonds (unsalted preferred)
  • 1/4 cup honey
  • 2 tablespoon cocoa powder
  • 3 tablespoon water


Directions:

1. Pulse the almonds until finely ground.


2. Add in the honey, cocoa powder and water. 
3. Pulse until a creamy texture comes together. 
Unfortunately, my food processor is not strong enough, so it only got to the paste part. The creamy part comes after the paste, once the almonds release their oil.  

And, now, it's ready to be eaten! 

Can't you see? The panda wanted some too! Even though it didn't get to the creamy phase, it still tastes delicious!

By the way, the nutrition label reading is the HoW. 

Also, it's important to have rest days, from personal experience. Your body needs time to recover. I know from personal experience that if you don't have a rest day a week for your body to recover (especially if you do intense workouts), your body will burn out and you'll feel tired doing the workouts you've been doing. 

Your rest day doesn't mean not doing anything. It can be an active rest day. Go for a leisurely walk or bike ride. You can also do yoga, which helps stretch the muscles and destresses you at the same time. 

So, do you like nutella?
What's your favorite nutter butter?
Do you have rest days? If you do, how often and what do you do on rest days?

P.S. Remember to check out my friend's band, Revolt With Reason, =) They're an awesome alternative rock band from the L.A. area. 

4 comments:

  1. I just loved this recipe. Beautiful pictures and detailed recipe makes all your posts so special!
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  2. Thanks for stopping by. =)
    And, thank you. I just looked at your blog and I love the recipes you've posted.

    Helen

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  3. Yes I do like nutella! I've been eating it almost everyday for a week now, but I usually tend to have really good self control with that kind of thing and in my opinion, just a little bit of it goes a loooong way, so I usually spread like 1 tsp on my waffles. :) And I love making nut butters! But I haven't made them in a long time because of that same problem--I want it to get creamy and since I don't have a strong processor either it always ends up in paste. I've had somewhat of a success with sunflower butter once but still not DRIPPY lol.

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    1. I'm definitely out of control when I eat nutella. haha.
      And, I love making my own nutter butters too. They taste so much better and you know what's in them. I'm just sad that my food processor isn't strong enough. Maybe we should both buy a new one. ;)

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