Better Bagels: Snack Makeover

Julie Ryan Evans

Western Bagels, Alternative Bagels; $3.50
I've always loved bagels but gave them up as a daily indulgence long ago because the nutritional stats for most of them aren't so diet-friendly.

Blessedly, bagels are back in my life now with this great food find -- Western Bagel Alternative Bagels.

I stumbled upon them in my grocery store and grudgingly took them home expecting them to taste pretty awful. But they weren't awful at all; in fact, they were so good that I went back to the store the next day, bought as many as they had, and froze them just in case I couldn't find them again.

The nutritional stats are almost too good to believe. For my favorite flavor, roasted onion, there are just 110 calories and no fat -- for an entire bagel. What's more, each one contains 7 grams of fiber. They come in lots of other flavors too like blueberry, cinnamon, and wheat.

I often eat them with bit of light cream cheese, or use them to make a sandwich with turkey and avocado, hummus, veggies, or whatever else I have on hand. I'm also going to attempt to make them into bagel chips to use for dipping.

If you can't find them in your grocery store, you can order them online. Lucky folks in California can also go to one of the Western Bagel retail locations.

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