I love carbs, I really do love carbs.
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How did foods like bagels and bread get such a bad reputation? I grew up happy thinking my morning bowl of cereal, daily peanut butter and banana sandwich for lunch and pasta for dinner was completely normal and healthy. I felt pretty good eating all those carbs, I could go to school, focus, run around at recess, slept well and felt good physically. I definitely have tried to limit my carbs in the past but I learned pretty quickly that I was a slower runner, felt tired and was extra moody with less carbs. If I eat pizza, quinoa, pasta or some stir fry with noodles, I usually feel like I can run forever the next day. I hadn't had a bagel in years prior to picking up these Costco Kirkland Signature Imitation Blueberry Bagels, for some reason I just had a strong craving for bagels.
The cost of the bagels is quite reasonable. You get two packs for $6.99 Canadian. Each bag has 6 bagels in it, that’s less than a dollar per bagel. The bagels are also quite large. It’s way cheaper to buy the Costco Kirkland Signature bagels than to go and buy a bagel from a coffee shop. I know I’ve seen local coffee shops that sell baked goods that look suspiciously similar to Costco muffins and bagels for a much higher cost!
I’ve never made my own bagels from scratch but I’ve seen it on the Great Canadian Baking Show and it didn’t look easy to do. The Costco Kirkland Signature Imitation Bagels freeze wonderfully. I don’t even bother leaving them out when I bring them home from Costco, I immediately put them in the freezer and then pull one out to defrost when I want. You can eat these bagels plain or with jam, butter etc. They toast up nicely and also cut pretty easily.
Taste wise, these aren’t the best bagels but they’re not the worst. They’re thick and chewy. The blueberry taste is definitely a little artificial. Have you ever had a blueberry Eggo? That’s what comes to mind when I want to describe the blueberry flavor. There isn't big chunks of fresh blueberries if that is what you’re seeking. Also the blueberry flavor is not very strong which I think may be a good thing because if it was super strong they’d taste even more artificial. I’ve tried these with peanut butter, butter and jam and I have to recommend just putting plain salted butter on these.
These aren’t as bad for you as I would expect. One bagel Is 370 calories, 1.5 grams of fat, 11 grams of sugar and. There’s a good amount of fibre and a moderate amount of protein. The calories aren't horrendous, especially if you only eat half. What surprised me was the amount of sodium. I had no idea bagels had that much sodium! They definitely don’t taste super salty but that’s definitely a large amount of sodium. I eat half a bagel and it keeps me full. The calories, sugar and sodium aren’t as big of a deal if I eat half.
I'm currently on a bagel kick and wouldn't repurchase this particular flavor again. Half a bagel keeps me full until lunch.
What do you like to put on your bagels?