Top Pick Of The Week

January 8, 2008
Updated October 2008

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Organic Bagel

The guilt-free bagel (we won’t talk about the cream cheese): It delivers two servings of whole grains per day, it’s only 260 calories (regular bagels can be twice that and more)...and it’s delicious. Shown: the Sprouted Healthy Hemp bagel. Photography by Claire Freierman.

WHAT IT IS: Large, whole grain bagels.
WHY IT’S DIFFERENT: Bagels that are good for you, made from whole grains and sprouted grains. Bagels made without sweeteners (your regular bagels probably have HFCS or another sweetening agent). Bagels that are the right size, not overblown, so that you can enjoy the entire bagel for 260 calories instead of twice that. (Check the real weight and calorie count of the bagels you normally eat.)
WHY WE LOVE IT: Low calorie, tasty and a bagel.

French Meadow Bakery:
Healthy, Whole Grain Organic Bagels

Page 3: Bagel Varieties


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Whole Grain & Sprouted Grain Bagel Varieties

Is there a more pleasant path to eating sprouted foods and whole grains than via a bagel? Three of the five varieties are sprouted, four are whole grain. The bagels arrive frozen and pre-sliced; a few seconds in the microwave restored them to oven freshness. All of the bagels are made with organic stoneground grains, unrefined sea salt and filtered (purified) water. They have no added sugar or other sweeteners; the line is yeast free; and though it should go without saying for an organic product, there are no additives, trans fats, preservatives, etc. When you look at the ingredients lists (available on the website), you can’t help but notice that, instead of ingredients that come from the chemical lab everything comes from the organic aisle (if not straight from the organic farm).

  • Organic Sourdough Bagels. Sourdough refers to the process of naturally leavening bread by capturing wild yeasts in a dough or batter—the way leavened bread was first made, as opposed to using domestic, cultured yeast, a technique which came later. The starter culture has a distinctively tangy or sour taste, hence the name. People who have enjoyed sourdough in loaf form can now have it in a healthy bagel. French Meadow Bakery’s sourdough is made with a yeast-free leavening process. (250 calories, 8g protein)
  • Organic Spelt Bagels. Spelt is a delicious grain that fortunately, is enjoying a renaissance. A subspecies of wheat, it was enjoyed by the ancient Romans and was an important staple in parts of Europe from the Bronze Age to medieval times. When you see it in your food store in any manifestation—sliced bread, rolls, crackers, tortillas—pick it up. You’ll be surprised by how much more flavorful it is than regular wheat products. These whole grain bagels taste very much like the whole wheat bagels we buy at our local bagel store (but without the sweetness from the sweetener in our store’s recipe). This flavor has a universal appeal; people who aren’t looking for a more exotic variety will enjoy them. (280 calories, 8g protein)
Spelt Bagel
French Meadow Bakery’s Spelt Bagel tastes very much like whole wheat.
Hemp Bagel
Sprouted Healthy Hemp is the most fetching-looking of the bagels, thanks to a generous sprinkling of five different seeds.
  • Sprouted Healthy Hemp Bagels. Hemp is an environmentally sustainable “wonder crop” and a very healthy food ingredient. Made up of 31% protein content, it contains all nine essential amino acids plus heart-healthy omega fatty acids 3 and 6, which help to lower cholesterol, burn excess fat and boost the immune system. Hemp is also high in fiber. Add it to a bagel with familiar poppy and sesame seeds, plus flaxseed, pumpkinseed, hempseed and several different flours and sprouted grains, and you have a dazzling and healthy version of an “everything” bagel with a sourdough tang.  (260 calories, 20g protein)
  • Sprouted Organic Bagels With Ezekiel 4:9 Grains. You may not be familiar with Ezekiel 4:9 sprouted grains, a trademarked grain mixture inspired by the Biblical verse from Ezekiel 4:9-17: “Take wheat and barley, beans and lentils, millet and spelt; put them in a storage jar and use them to make bread for yourself....”‡ When these six grains and legumes are sprouted and combined, they create a complete protein that closely parallels the protein found in milk and eggs, that contains all nine essential amino acids (and a total of 18 amino acids).
    ‡Bible, New International Version
The protein quality is 84.3% as efficient as the highest recognized source of protein—and that’s in a bread product. Talk about a nutritious bagel! It’s also low glycemic and diabetic friendly—and like all French Meadow Bakery bagels, it tastes great—similar to the multigrain bagel we buy at our local store. (260 calories, 13g protein)
Sourdough Bagel
Sprouted Ezekiel 4:9 Grains Bagel.
  • Sprouted Organic Wheat Raisin & Cinnamon Bagels. Tasting exactly like a whole wheat raisin bagel, this is an improvement, we think, on the run-of-the-mill, overly-sweet raisin bagel. The whole wheat adds a more profound flavor, and there’s no added sugar. (270 calories, 12g protein)

If you’re looking to make changes in your diet this year, the most painless one is to switch to these delicious whole grain, organic bagels. We bring them whenever we’re invited as a house guest or to brunch, along with a package of smoked salmon (more omega 3s) and some crème fraîche for our host to enjoy later. Who isn’t happy to have a dozen or two delicious bagels in the freezer?

—Karen Hochman


FORWARD THIS NIBBLE to bagel lovers who want to trade in that sugar-packed, white flour bagel for something better.

Organic Sourdough Bagels, Organic Spelt Bagels, Sprouted Healthy Hemp Bagels, Sprouted Organic Bagels With Ezekiel Grains, Sprouted Organic Wheat Raisin & Cinnamon Bagels

Certified USDA Organic

  • 5 Bagels (17-Ounce Bag)
    Organic Sourdough, $2.99
    Organic Spelt, $3.50
    Sprouted Healthy Hemp, $3.00
    Sprouted Ezekiel Grains, $2.80
    Sprouted Organic Wheat, Raisin
    & Cinnamon, $2.80

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