Pass the bagels! Check out the whole grain, organic bagels from French Meadow Bakery, a NIBBLE Top Pick Of The Week. They deliver two servings of whole grains per bagel, are only 260 calories (regular bagels can be twice that and more)…and are delicious. This is the Sprouted Healthy Hemp Bagel, with a garnish of fresh-snipped chives (photo by Claire Freierman | © THE NIBBLE.
Dill is often used to garnish a plate of smoked salmon—it’s a perfect pairing. So we tried snipping fresh dill onto our bagel with cream cheese and smoked salmon.
The verdict: the more dill, the better.
The pretty, fragrant herb also has a heap of health benefits.
It has compounds that fight free radicals, neutralize particular types of smoke carcinogens (such as those in cigarette, charcoal grill and trash incinerator smoke) and act as an anti-bacterial.
It’s also an excellent source of calcium, which prevents bone loss.
Onion lovers may prefer snipped chives as the garnish—or feel free to add both.
Members of the Allium family of vegetables—including garlic and onions—have anticancer, anticlotting, hypolipidemic (lower blood cholesterol), antibacterial, antiviral, and decongestant properties.
Here’s another tip for a healthier bagel:
Instead of high-fat cream cheese, use low-calorie, high protein Greek-style yogurt. Triple-strained, thick and creamy, we like it just as much as cream cheese on a toasted bagel.
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