Unfortunately, not only is a loaded bagel unkind to one’s daily calorie count, it can be tough to find unless you live or work near a good Kosher deli.
As an alternative, one of my favorite, long-time breakfast routines is noshing on an “everything” bagel (poppy & sesame seeds and garlic), topped with a spicy substitute to capers – jalapeños. Add the cool smoothness of the cream cheese and a cup of hot coffee, and you have the perfect medley of morning flavors and textures.
A great way to eat this in guilt-free fashion is to use thin bagels. My favorite is a lightly-toasted “everything” Thomas 100-calorie bagel. And using low-fat (not the insipidly sweet fat-free version) cream cheese -– a tablespoon per slice – also helps keep things respectable. The grand total is only about 160 measly calories.
It sure ain’t the Carnegie Deli in Midtown, but it’ll certainly scratch a bagel itch when the craving hits you.