YEAH! Bagels are back…well, at the least back into the foods that I eat regularly.
For the longest time I avoided bagels, or only had them occasionally (like as treat at Tim Horton’s), because traditional bagels are packed full of calories (300+ calories per bagel) and are close to 3-4 servings of grains (starch), which is more than 50% of my recommended amount for the day…Eating bagels wasn’t worth the calories (or the time on the treadmill) to me. 1 regular bagel = 3-4 slices of bread.
But now I have found these great “thin bagels” that have hit the grocery stores. They are just like regular bagels, but without the middle part. They are like eating a top part of a bagel and the bottom part of one, but without eating the middle…I’m not sure if that makes sense? Either way, they taste the same as regular bagels (with the same density and texture as traditional bagels), but with less calories and carbs.
By switching to thin bagels, you can have a bagel with light cream cheese or peanut butter, a piece of fruit, and a glass of skim milk, all for less than 400 calories! Wow, that sounds like a great breakfast!
Two bagel brands that I have tried out are PC Blue Menu thin bagels (1 bagel =55 grams) and Dempster’s thin bagels (1 bagel =38grams). They both taste great, but I like the PC Blue Menu thin’s the best because they smell like buttery popcorn when toasting (maybe it is just my heightened sense of smell due to prego hormones!)
Yes, the carb cravings are backs in this pregnancy…but at least I have found a healthy option that is portion appropriate and tastes great.
Has anyone else tried these bagels? Or knows of different brands out there? I’d love to hear from you. ~Susan