Smart Swap: Bagels
I know that fancy toast topped with avocado, eggs or even radishes is all the rage right now.
But for me, when I have had a long sleepless night due to the fact that one of my girls thinks that 2am is an acceptable time to throw a dance party in her crib, a piece of toast is just not going to cut it.
I need a thick slightly chewy, slightly crispy bagel loaded with toppings that are both healthy and filling. Paired with an extra large coffee, of course!
Here are four of my favorite topped bagels that you could, and should, eat every morning.
Topped with healthy fruit, nuts and seeds, these bagels are not only filling and tasty, but they are also good for you!
We are going to use Beech-Nut purées as our main toppings on each of these bagel combinations for two reasons. For starters, Beech-Nut purées are filled with essential nutrients and I know we could all use a little helping hand getting more nutrients in our diets (hello ice cream season!). Secondly, and more importantly, these purées add a fun taste explosion to our bagel combinations! Beech-nut purees are so good that even you will love eating them!
Then, comes the best part – you use the remaining Beech-Nut puree for baby’s breakfast! It’s a two-for-one breakfast party!
Pear + Blackberry Bagel with Cream Cheese and Walnuts
Creamy, sweet and with a bit of crunch, this bagel makes for a perfect breakfast or late afternoon snack. This spa-like bagel is full of protein, fiber, and omega-3 fatty acid as well as B-vitamins and antioxidants from the walnuts which are known to make your skin glow. So if you feel a little sleep-deprived (everyone raises hand) then pile those walnuts on for a cheap and easy facial!
To Make: Layer 1 tablespoon cream cheese, 1 tablespoon just apple & blackberry purée, 3-6 thin slices of pear (your pear slices can go all the way around your bagel if you want) and 1-2 teaspoons of chopped walnuts on each half of a toasted bagel.
Chocolate + Banana + Strawberry Bagel
Chocolate for breakfast? Who’s in?! This decadent bagel is actually good for you! A crispy bagel topped with just banana, cinnamon & granola purée (you can also use the just banana purée), topped with sliced bananas and strawberries and then sprinkled with carob chips or dark chocolate chunks.
To Make: Layer 1 tablespoon just banana, cinnamon & granola purée, 4 slices of banana, 2 slices of strawberries and 1 teaspoon of carob or dark chocolate chips on each half of a toasted bagel.
Almond Butter + ‘Jam’ Bagel with Chia Seeds
You are going to need an extra napkin for this bagel, because the gooey yumminess combo of almond butter, just beets, pear & pomegranate purée and honey will literally be dripping off of the warm bagel onto your chin and all over the table. But it’s so worth it because this, in my opinion, is what makes this bagel so good! Packed with protein, omega-3 fatty acids, fiber and antioxidants, this bagel has it all.
To Make: Layer 1 tablespoon almond butter, drizzle (or spread) 2 teaspoons just beets, pear & pomegranate purée, sprinkle 1/2 teaspoon chia seeds, top with 4-8 fresh raspberries and drizzle 1 teaspoon of honey on each half of a toasted bagel.
Aloha Sunshine Bagel with Toasted Coconut + Pistachios
Start your day off right, with a little taste of island life! Toasted coconut and pistachios sit on top of a creamy layer of vanilla Greek yogurt and just pineapple, pear & avocado purée for a fresh tropical flavored bagel.
To make: Layer 1 tablespoon vanilla Greek yogurt, 2 teaspoons just pineapple, pear & avocado purée, 1 teaspoon toasted coconut and 1 teaspoon chopped pistachios on each half of a toasted bagel.