I've always been a big fan of bagels, though their high calorie count keeps me from indulging in them more often than about once a week. Recently, I spotted Thomas 100% Whole-Wheat Bagel Thins in the supermarket and I thought that this was such a clever idea. Since these were cheaper and easier to find than my go-to for healthy bagels, Western Alternative Bagels, I decided to give these a go.
Each bagel thin provides 110 calories, 5 grams of fiber (20% of the daily value), 3 grams of sugars and 6 grams of protein. There's no HFCS,and whole-wheat flour is the first ingredient. Since I wanted to eat these as a bagel as opposed to using them like a regular sandwich thin, I popped one into my toaster and broke out The Laughing Cow Light Spreadable Original Swiss Cheese Flavor Wedges. After my thin popped up, I spread on some creamy goodness, took a bite, and was thoroughly disappointed .
It didn't have a bagel texture at all - I might as well have been eating a piece of toast! Don't get my wrong, the flavor was good - wheaty and a little sweet - but there was none of that soft-but-slightly-chewy trademark that makes a bagel a bagel. I decided to use the rest of my thins for sandwiches, where they worked perfectly well ... despite the hole in the middle.
One 8-count bag cost $2.89. Despite the overall good nutrition numbers, however, I probably wouldn't buy these again - sure, they aren't bad, but I would rather have either a regular sandwich thin or a regular bagel, not something that doesn't do either quite right.