Some of the experts in the wide world of weight loss advise us to simplify our diet by eliminating difficult choices. If you decide on something nutritious and calorie-wise that you also enjoy - have it every day. The same breakfast and lunch then vary your dinner options between a few tried and true favorites.
Being, by nature, creatures of habit this sounds like pretty sound advice. Fortunately, I like to have the same thing for breakfast every morning. Unfortunately, the thing I like to have is a bagel. One regular size bagel plus a topping and I am well on my way to 300 calories before having any protein, fruit or dairy … that significantly whittles down choices for the rest of the day in a way I don’t care for much.
Yes … I’ve tried having half of the bagel. But successful weight loss is a mind game as much as anything and for some reason having half of something leaves me feeling deprived. Laugh if you want to, but that’s just me. So I was delighted when I came across the 100-calorie bagels.
Yes they are smaller than regular bagels but with an egg and some fruit they make a very satisfying breakfast, don’t leave me feeling deprived in any way and the brand I picked up (Thomas’) actually have the traditional bagel chewiness. Nothing I hate worse than biting into a bagel anticipating that satisfying traditional taste only to find out it’s nothing but bagel shaped bread. BLECH! I know there have been “slim bagels” for quite some time and probably the 100-calorie variety have been as well and just didn’t catch my eye as I was rushing through the grocery store. I find the slim bagels okay for other uses, but my mouth’s texture meter just didn’t register them as real bagels.
So for me right now … 100-calorie mini-bagels are in my pantry.