I like to keep bagels in my house for occasional snacking and sometimes to eat as breakfast. I decided to pick up Sara Lee’s Whole Grain Blueberry Mini Bagels, even though they looked very tiny, but, after all, they are mini bagels!
Price and Packaging
Sara Lee’s Soft & Smooth Mini Bagels in Whole Grain Blueberry was only $2.50 (it was on sale 2 for $5.00) at my local grocery store for a package of 12 mini bagels (a total of 15.6 ounces/442 grams). The bagels came in a clear plastic bag, much like the ones commercial breads use as packaging.
Taste and Texture
The bagels are good. They are smooth but have a heavy flavor as opposed to the more processed versions. There is only a slight blueberry taste to these bagels, but they are tasty nonetheless. You will not find big chuncks of blueberries in these bagels. In fact, there are only small flecks of dried blueberries and a slightly bluish tint to the color of the bagels. There is no aftertaste and the bagels are not gritty as some whole grains can be. They really are soft and smooth, in my opinion, as the package claims.
They are delicious with plain cream cheese, or with flavored cream cheeses as well, such as Philadelphia’s Pumpkin Spice seasonal flavor.
The mini bagels really are small. I have small hands and one whole bagel can fit in my palm. They are true to their name, as they really are mini! The package states this is a great “grab n’go snack” and is “35% whole grain.” It also states this product is naturally and artificially flavored. The bagels are distributed by Sara Lee Corporation, based in Downer’s Grove, Illinois.
One mini bagel (37 grams) is one serving, and they are not very large, so you might need to eat these bagels as a sandwich or a light snack, or with some fruit for breakfast to have enough food to fill you up.
Each serving contains only 0.5 grams of total fat, with no saturated fat. There are 100 calories per plain bagel, with 5 calories from fat. There is no cholesterol in Sara Lee’s Whole Grain Blueberry Mini Bagels. Each bagel does contain 140 mg of sodium (6% daily value) and 20 grams of total carbohydrates, of which 2 grams are fiber (7% daily value). One bagel also provides 3 grams of protein, 10% DV Vitamin D, 6% DV folic acid, 8% DV thiamin, 20% DV calcium, 8% DV niacin, and a few other nutrients.
The main ingredient for the bagels is enriched flour, which is made of wheat flour, malted barley flour, and enriched with several vitamins such as niacin and iron. Near the bottom of the ingredient list you will find dried blueberries. This product also contains honey and soy, so it’s not safe for vegans or those with allergies to soy or wheat.
The bagels were not very expensive and they taste great, but you will probably need more than one to satisfy you. I think the sodium content is a bit high, but the other nutritional facts are satisfactory. I don’t feel guilty eating two of these bagels, as long as I don’t go overboard on the cream cheese. I do wish they contained less artificial ingredients, as some dyes and artificial flavorings are used to make this product.
The blueberry bagels are great eaten as a sandwich with slices of banana and a thin layer of cream cheese, or other fruits. The plain bagels are great with eggs and cheese, or as a sandwich with whatever you’d like, including the fruits as mentioned with the blueberry bagels, so you can use them as a substitution for bread in some ways.
If you like bagels, I would certainly recommend this product. My boyfriend and I don’t go through the bagels immediately, so I store them in the freezer and they keep well in there for up to a month or two. This saves them from getting hard or moldy in my house before we can finish them all.
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