Chocolate For Breakfast: Inviting or Overly-Indulgent?

We all know it's good. There's no question about that. But so many of us reserve chocolate for evening desserts or special occasions, treading lightly when it comes to breakfast.

Until now? Slate Magazine just published an article assuring readers that eating Nutella for breakfast is perfectly acceptable--and even healthier than so many current options. After a concerned mother sued the company that makes the delicious chocolate spread, Slate reports that it's actually better than the same size serving of Smucker's jam (because Nutella actually contains protein and fiber) and far better than the sugary cereals so many kids consume regularly (if they eat breakfast at all). So why the criticism?

No one knows for sure, but the conclusion has a lot to do with our cultural beliefs that chocolate's strictly a treat. But perhaps the tides are turning. The New York Times even published a piece on their blog this week about How Chocolate Can Boost Your Workout. We think it's all good news. What do you think?

Related: Look: Nutella and Banana Ice Cream

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Megan is a freelance writer, recipe developer and cookbook writer. Her first book, Whole-Grain Mornings, (Ten Speed Press) is available in bookstores nationwide. Megan also owns the Seattle-based artisan cereal company, Marge Granola.

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