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Quick Bagel Recipe

Article by Sky Taylor, Diet Bites

A Lower Calorie Bread Recipe for Dieters

Bagels don't have to take a lot of time to prepare and the recipe doesn't have to require a cooking degree, either.

Let's start with the very basics - the recipe ingredients.

You should have most of these if your kitchen but if not, they are common foods that can be purchased at most low to high end markets.

Simple Simon's Quick Bagel Recipe

Ingredients for this Low Fat Recipe:

4 Cups of High Gluten Flour (such as Bread Flour)
2 Packages of Active Dry Yeast
3 Teaspoons of Sugar
3 Tablespoons of Table Salt
1 1/2 Cups of Warm Water

How to Make Bagels

To prepare, start by dissolving the yeast in warm water. The water must be warm - but not hot.

Next, add the sugar and 1 Tablespoon of salt plus 2 cups of the flour to dissolved yeast mixture. Be sure to use real granulated sugar and not sugar substitutes in this recipe.

Combine the ingredients thoroughly using a mixer that is set on medium speed for about one minute.

Continue to add flour a 1/2 cup at a time until a stiff dough is achieved. Use extra flour if necessary to achieve such.

Place in warm area of kitchen and allow dough to rest about one hour. Shape into bagels and allow to rise again until doubled.

Add remaining salt to 1 large pot of boiling water. Carefully drop bagels into water to cook. Sprinkle with sesame seeds or poppy seeds after removing, if desired.

Nutrition & Health Notes

The amount of energy - as well as nutritional values in your bagel depend upon which variety that you choose.

For example, the Cinnamon Raisin is studded with dried fruit. Therefore it contains more nutritional benefits than a plain bagel.

However, the caloric value may be higher than the plain. So we must ask, 'In the trade-off in calories worth the nutritional values?'  Hint: the answer is not always 'yes'.

In addition, the size of your choice matters. The larger it is - the more calories contained. And when we are dealing with larger choices, the energy values can stack-up very quickly.

If you do choose the larger bagel, try enjoying one-half now and keep the other half for later in the day, perhaps snack time.

Recipe Suggestion for Bagels

Create a healthy sandwich alternatives to white and other types of breads. Opting for whole grain varieties will add additional nutritional values.

Example: Add lean proteins, a low fat slice of cheese, slices of vine ripened tomato, lettuce, and avocado slices.

Optional Ingredients: black or green sliced olives, mustard, a serving of Mayo, and pickles of your choice.

One of the best things about this grain choice is that it can be enjoyed 'hand-held'.


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