Thomas’ Limited Edition Cranberry Bagels

While at the grocery store, I noticed they had some new bagels in the Thomas’ section. I had been enjoying the Trader Joe Pumpkin bagels, so when I spotted cranberry bagels I was intrigued. I picked up the package and like I do with most baked bread items, I gave it a sniff and I could smell the cranberry scent right through the plastic. I checked the nutrition facts and put the bag into my cart.
Like most companies, Thomas’ releases new flavored items based on the season and the winter season comes with plenty gingerbread (which are one of the flavor options available) and cranberry. Thomas’ Limited Edition Cranberry Bagels are quite delicious. They remind me of the blueberry bagels, where they are very fragrant and taste just like the fruit but milder.  They smell more fragrant than they taste, but nonetheless they are delicious. The cranberry isn’t too sweet or too tart – it’s just right. They’re great with a little butter, or they’re even better with a little peanut butter.
Each bagel is 250 calories or 6 points plus values.
QUESTION:
Have you tried any of the Thomas’ Limited Edition winter flavors?


Trader Joe’s Pumpkin Bagels


When I spotted these Trader Joe’s Pumpkin Bagels I picked up the bag and gave it a good whiff. I have this weird thing I do where when buying bread products that have a flavor to them, I have to smell it through the bag. If it smells weird, I can’t buy it because I essentially won’t eat it. But when I smelled these they smelled ah-mazing!
After opening the bag at home, I sliced the bagel in half and popped it into the toaster. I noticed throughout the bagel there are bits which resemble brown sugar pieces, taste sweet and pumpkin spice flavored.  They are nicely pumpkin flavored without being overbearing on the taste buds.  Toasting the bagels up they come out nice and crunchy, yet soft, and are perfect with cream cheese, spray butter or even peanut butter.
I enjoyed them so much I have been eating them for breakfast or brunch a good portion of the week.  I find with peanut butter they’re perfectly filling and will hold me over until the next meal.  They’re reasonably priced as well – $2.59 for a bag of 6.
Each bagel is 250 calories or 6 points plus values.
QUESTION:
Are you a fan of pumpkin bagels?

the master bagel breakfast sandwich

Isn’t it a beaut? It was delicious as well. My boyfriend bought a bag of bagels at the market and I’d been wanting one. I used to have this immense love for bagels but since they’re so carby they always send me down the wrong path — which generally is hand in hand with a carb overloaded day. I had my meals for the day but was still hungry. To curb my hunger, protein always does it for me. I looked over at my boyfriend and asked if I made a breakfast sandwich on a bagel, would he eat half with me? He said yes (bless him – then again my mere mentioning it made his eyes widen).

I learned a trick from my local mom & pop coffee shop. They make breakfast sandwiches (and I say hands down the best ‘fast food’ variety) because they use all fresh ingredients. Real eggs, cheese and frozen sausage or pre-cooked REAL bacon (not that microwavable crap). I do the same thing at home now and it makes making breakfast a breeze, especially when I don’t feel like getting out pans, etc.

All you do is spray a microwave safe bowl (plastic or glass — but be aware the glass is going to get very hot to the touch) with cooking spray (i.e. Pam). Crack your egg into it, whisk and add your salt and pepper. In the photo I used eggbeaters. You then drop a frozen sausage patty right into the center of the egg to let the egg form a cocoon of sorts around the meat. I used a plastic bowl that was the same size of the bagel, so as my eggbeaters started cooking (they’re primarily colored eggwhites) they started poofing up which is why the egg looks completely massive. If you are using a regular egg and sausage you cook for a muinute, check and cook for another 30 seconds. With this, I have to cook it 2 minutes, check and cook another minute because the eggbeaters just take a little more. Typically I’d throw a slice of cheese on this BUT the BF doesn’t like cheese so it was dismissed. But that’s fine because this was fantastic and quite yummy!

If you follow Weight Watchers PointsPlus program this would run you 9 points+, but since I had half, it was 5 points+.

QUESTION:
Do you make bagel sandwiches at home?