If you're like most people, a bagel is one of the most quintessential breakfast items on a busy day. Whether it's a quick in-and-out before your morning commute, an easy snack for your kids' cross country meet, or a lazy-day alternative to a full-size meal, these American staples are familiar to all and almost always within reach.
But perhaps the most enticing part is their price--bagels are cheap. At my local Panera, one Asiago bagel is $1.39. Opt for the whole grain or the plain version and the cost drops to just $1.09. Even if you choose one of the fancier varieties and add a cream cheese spread, the total price is still well under $3. With a deal as great as this one, why pay for a sandwich?
Unfortunately, if it seems too good to be true, it is. One Cinnamon Crunch bagel with plain cream cheese weighs in at 620 calories. Most women need between 1600 to 1800 calories a day, and a meal like this one uses over 1/3 of the daily allotment. This combination also contains 25 grams of fat! Although I personally believe that the Percent Daily Value section on nutrition facts labels is misguided (click here to find out why), even by those heightened standards this meal contains nearly 40% of the recommended fat intake.
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Disclaimer: I am not a licensed nutritionist nor a registered dietician. The opinions expressed in this article are my own, and each individual is ultimately responsible for his/her dietary and nutrition practices. Please consult a physician before starting a new dietary program.