23 May 2012

what i love wednesdays: lender's healthy grain bagels

Disclaimer: I was selected for this opportunity as a member of Clever Girls Collective, and I received coupons for free Lender's Healthy Grain Bagels. The content and opinions expressed here are all my own.

For me, breakfast isn't just the most important meal of the day: it's the best meal of the day. Man oh man do I love breakfast and even during the week I still make a point of sitting down at my dining room table with a good hearty breakfast. I'm talking protein, dairy, fresh fruit, all of it (I offset it with a smaller lunch). But my favorite part of breakfast is usually the bagels. To say I am a fan of bagels is an understatement, so when the Clever Girls Collective offered coupons for free bagels from Lender's new Healthy Grain line I jumped at the opportunity.


The Healthy Grain bagels are offered in Multi-Grain and Oat. I went with the oat mostly because it's not a grain I normally eat, so this seemed like a good opportunity to try it. I have bagels with breakfast almost every day, but I usually only eat half of one at a time (less calories and makes the bag last twice as long!). I toast the bagel, spread a bit of Smart Balance Light on it and top it with a slice of muenster cheese. Pair it with some light yogurt, eggs, banana, and coffee and nom-away. Like I said: good hearty breakfast!

What I like about the Oat bagel is that there is this unexpected sweetness underneath. It's also light. What I mean is, I usually go for, say, a whole wheat bagel and it's a heavy, dense flavor, y'know? Plus there is that whole "healthy grain" bit which, granted, is a phrase thrown around quite a bit in the food industry but a single serving of one oat bagel has as much fiber as a bowl of oatmeal and comes with 8g of protein. A full bagel is only 5 Weight Watchers points (3 for a half, which is sometimes how the points work out), so it wouldn't be too crazy to eat a whole bagel and just use egg whites instead or skip the cheese. (Hmmm. Actually that sounds downright tasty.... bagel sammich with egg whites and a slice of tomato. Maybe a bit of avocado....)

Only downside is that they aren't widely available yet so I had to drive a bit out of the way to get them. But, like I said, I love me some bagels and I especially love me some free bagels so I banked on the bagels being worth the trip. Actually, I banked on them so much that I bought two bags (since I had a coupon, it was two for the price of one). But I figured if I liked them as much as I hoped I would, I wouldn't want to have to make a second trip to the store. Luckily the gamble paid off and I have a new favorite breakfast item!

What's your normal breakfast routine? Do you go for a big breakfast like me or something lighter in the mornings? 

Love from the ashes,
Lady Lazarus

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