The Trouble With Bagels
November 6, 2014 41 Comments
Dear readers, there is SO much you don’t know about me. I keep many aspects of my life hidden.
For example, I have a bagel problem. This problem has been made worse by the increased sized of the average bagel - the equivalent of four slices of bread. Oh no!
When Sarah wrote to me – I knew she was a sister (not actually my sister whose name is Sarah as well but a bagel sister).
For me, bagels are a problem. I like bagels with cream cheese, bagels with strawberries on top, bagels with jam...you get the idea! Anyways, I was looking through your snacks a week ago and I started making that pizza on an English muffin. Needless to say it was fantastic and it solved my pizza craving.
However, I never solved my 'bagel' craving...until today. I bought these President's Choice Whole wheat English muffins, they are fantastic. 120 cals per muffin.
Before anyone gets too excited, President’s Choice is found in Canada. Love my Canadian readers!
My first replacement for bagels was to eat only ½ the bagel. It took a while to get used to only half - but now I don’t want a whole one.
Then my bagel store (Bruegger’s) started making 100% whole wheat EVERYTHING bagels – which is close to heaven on earth to bagel lovers who want to be healthy. An “everything bagel” has all the left over seeds on it from the other bagels. It is a mix of poppy seed, sesame seed, garlic, salt, you name it!
Here are my top bagel lover suggestions:
1. Do not buy crappy bagels. If you are going to have a bagel, have a REALLY good one. We can argue about Montreal or New York having the best bagels in the universe, but we all know that doughy supermarket bagels are the worst.
2. Use Neufchatel cheese instead of cream cheese. It takes the same to me and has fewer calories.
3. Make it a treat. Use smoked salmon, capers, slices of tomatoes and red onion to get the entire bagel experience. Serve with champagne and savor each bite. Honor the bagel.
As much as you might say to yourself, “I will never have a bagel again”, it is much easier to say, “I will eat a bagel once in a while and love every bite.”
How do you deal with bagels, pasta, or bread?
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