Love bagels? Hate high calorie counts? Take notes from our awesome list of bagel-related info... Breakfast is saved!
HG's Best-In-Dough Bagel Tips
When in doubt, hollow it out! If you're out and about (okay, we'll stop rhyming now), in need of food, and faced with ginormous bagels, get picky. As in use your fingers to pick out and discard the inside of that giant starchy bagel. Then stuff the thing with some of the no-guilt items mentioned next...
Use guilt-free toppers! Bagels can be fairly high in calories to begin with, so you want to be really careful with what you slap on top. If you're at home, go for low-sugar preserves or sugar-free jam (like the kinds by Smucker's and Polaner), light whipped butter or light buttery spread (we LOVE Brummel & Brown), The Laughing Cow Light cheese wedges... All great. If you're out, stick to small amounts of items like these: light or fat-free cream cheese, jam, egg whites, and smoked salmon. And fresh veggies are ALWAYS good -- bring on the tomato, cucumber, and onion slices! When placing an order, say "Just a schmear!" Most places PILE on the cream cheese; so even if you choose the lower-calorie kind, you could wind up with more calories than you bargained for. P.S. If the word "schmear" isn't in your vocabulary, "just a little" works too!
Find the right bagel. When you're at the store, don't just grab the first round carbohydrate with a hole in the middle! Check nutritional info and look for bagels that are high in fiber with reasonable calorie counts. To make it easy for you...
Here Are HG's TOP ATE Guilt-Free Bagel Finds!
1. Western Bagel The Alternative Bagels PER SERVING (1 bagel): 110 calories, 0 - 0.5g fat, 210 - 310mg sodium, 26g carbs, 7 - 8g fiber, 0 - 1g sugars, 7g protein -- PointsPlus® value 3*
Whoa. The slim-roll trend has gone all bagel-y, and we love it. Plain is good, 100% Whole Wheat is great, but Everything... That's the one worth writing home about. "Dear Mom, there's a new bagel in my life..."
The varieties that this stuffed-bagel product comes in are AMAZING: Original, Cinnamon, Chive, Strawberry, and Blueberry; PLUS there are fruit 'n cream cheese versions with either Cherry, Strawberry, or Apple Cinnamon filling. (That last kind rocks a cinnamon 'n brown sugar bagel!) YUM! Find these in the freezer aisle...
5. Sara Lee 130 Calories & Delightful Bagels PER SERVING (1 bagel): 130 calories, 1g fat, 330 - 340mg sodium, 24g carbs, 6 - 8g fiber, <1 - 1g sugars, 10g protein -- PointsPlus® value 3*
The very latest from SL's line of Delightful goodies, these bagels are big and fluffy. Check the bread aisle for Plain and 100% Whole Wheat versions. If you like the bread, you'll love the bagels!
6. Little Lender's Bagels PER SERVING (1 bagel): 70 calories, 0.5g fat, 130 - 135mg sodium, 13 - 14g carbs, 0 - <1g fiber, <1 - 2g sugars, 3g protein -- PointsPlus® value 2*
Say it's not mealtime; it's snack time but, MAN, a bagel sounds awesome! Satisfy your carby cravings with one of these round li'l bread items from the Lender's people. Perfect! P.S. Find 'em chillin' in the fridge section!
7. Jimmy Dean Delights Turkey Sausage Whole Grain Bagel PER SERVING (1 sandwich): 260 calories, 8g fat, 860mg sodium, 31g carbs, 4g fiber, 5g sugars, 18g protein -- PointsPlus® value 7*
For humans who don't have time to assemble their own bagel-wiches ("Where's my toothbrush? Where are my keys? Do I have time for breakfast?!"), there's this tasty breakfast from the freezer aisle. Comes complete with egg whites and cheese. YUMMMMM.
8. Weight Watchers Boiled Hearth Baked Original Bagels PER SERVING (1 bagel): 150 calories, 1g fat, 350mg sodium, 34g carbs, 9g fiber, 3g sugars, 8g protein -- PointsPlus® value 4*
Kudos to the Double W for coming out with this nicely sized bagel. Check out that fiber count! P.S. This isn't one of those items only sold at meetings.
Fun Bagel-Inspired Find!
Bagel Spice - This no-salt seasoning mix is really delicious. It's chock-full of all the stuff that tops an everything bagel: dried minced onion, garlic, sesame seeds, and more. So you can cover a plain low-cal bagel (or other light bread-y item) with your guilt-free spread of choice, and then sprinkle it with this seasoning blend for an everything-bagel fix! Or get creative and use the stuff in recipes to make EVERYTHING taste like everything bagels: egg scrambles, dips, slaws, salads... A-MAZING!!!! (P.S. There are no stats because the product contains a negligible amount of calories. Nice!) It's not a supermarket staple just yet, so order some online (oooh, free shipping).
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