A Cinnamon Raisin Bagel with cream cheese can run you 450 calories. That’s a lot of calories, however… There are a couple ways to reduce the number of calories in a raisin bagel lathered with cream cheese without compromising the flavor.
One way to do this is to purchase a smaller bagel. Bagels have more than doubled in size over the last 20 years. With that are the growing waistlines.
Bagels are normally 5 inches in diameter – sometimes even more. You can save over 100 calories per serving by choosing a bagel 3 inches in diameter. These are known as mini-bagels. Just about all grocery stores have this option readily available.
Another way to reduce the calories in this bagel is to use whipped cream cheese. Whipped cream cheese is preferred over regular Philadelphia cream cheese in terms of health because it contains fewer calories and far fewer grams of fat. And of course, if you must eat a highly packed bagel with cream cheese, don’t spread on jelly and butter. This will add an additional 120 calories.
With these tips in mind, you can enjoy a cinnamon raisin bagel WITH cream cheese without sabotaging your balanced diet.
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