2 Simple Bagel Recipes You Can Have on a Diet (No, You Aren’t Dreaming!)

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It’s said that bagels made their American debut in New York, in the late 19th century. Since that time, bagel recipes have gained tremendous popularity. You’d be hard-pressed to find someone who didn’t know what a bagel was—though in some parts of the country they are referred to as “cement doughnuts.”

There are a lot of reasons why we all love bagels so much—their doughy goodness, their ability to be eaten on-the-go, and the fact that they serve as a perfect base for a variety of delicious spreads, to name a few. But, unfortunately, traditional bagels don’t offer much nutritional value. Their low protein and low fiber content do not make them an ideal breakfast choice. Though most bagel recipes do not use sugar, without much fiber, the carbohydrates in the bagel digest quickly and get converted to sugar in the body.

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That’s why some people have turned to using their own bagel recipes. Making your own bagels might sound like a daunting idea, but the truth is, it’s not nearly as complicated as you may think. In fact, these two bagel recipes require minimal effort to prepare. The result is a much healthier bagel than anything you’d pick up in a drive-through. With just a few simple ingredients, you’ll be surprised how easily they come together.

Of course, on busy days, you’d rather not make your own food—regardless of how simple it is. In that case, Nutrisystem also has you covered with our Honey Wheat Bagel, which is just 160 calories and a good source of protein and fiber, unlike most drive-through or bakery varieties.

Now, check out two delicious (and simple!) bagel recipes you can make on your own:

1. Whole Wheat Sesame Bagels >


These hearty bagels will fill you up and leave you feeling satisfied all morning long, and they’re so simple to make. These bagels are made using just six simple ingredients. The dough comes together using whole wheat flour, baking powder, sea salt and Greek yogurt. Once formed, each bagel is then brushed with egg whites and sprinkled with sesame seeds. Bake and voila! You’ve got a hearty morning treat that has more fiber than a traditional bagel—thanks to the whole wheat flour. One bagel has just 96 calories and counts as one SmartCarb on the Nutrisystem plan.

2. Easy Whole Wheat Cinnamon Raisin Bagels >

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The delicious flavors of cinnamon and raisin come together in this wholesome bagel, which is so easy to whip up. The dough is made using whole wheat flour, baking powder, cinnamon and Greek yogurt. Once well-kneaded, you will work in the raisins, giving it even more of a fiber boost. Each bagel is then lightly glazed with egg whites and popped in the oven. The result is a bakery-like bagel that you can actually feel good about eating. One bagel has just 103 calories and counts as one SmartCarb on the Nutrisystem plan.