Even though I’m, like, totally over bread and stuff, I can’t help but drool a little every time one gal in my office brings in a bagel from this delicious little bagel shop near her house. They’re so good that she actually takes orders from our other employees on some mornings.
Cause let’s talk about bagels for a minute. If you have a good one (and no we’re not talking Dunkin’ Donuts here), they’re crispy on the outside and soft and squishy on the inside. They were at one point, my go-to breakfast food. Forget cereal or eggs, a bagel and a giant schmear of herbed cream cheese would get me through half a day.
But bagels went away with Keto. Or so I thought. That was until I discovered the Great Low Carb Bread Company and sweet talked my way into some samples.
So here’s their deal – they make all kinds of low carb bread products. There are several others out there, but these were the first ones where I wasn’t scared off by the ingredients.
Last week I compared their regular low carb bagels to their paleo bagels.
I haven’t owned a toaster in years because we don’t keep bread in the house – so I grilled them instead! I mean, grilled bagels are always better than toasted bagels anyway!
They toast up pretty good. I was more gentle with the paleo one because it was already cracked, and I melted the butter before spreading it. But the regular bagel held up fine to smooshing cold butter all over it. They both held up great to cream cheese!
Plain Paleo Bagel – 9 carbs, 5 fiber = 4 net carbs
Ingredients: Organic Coconut Flour, Almond Flour, Egg Whites, Water, Organic Golden Flaxseed, Organic Unrefined Virgin Coconut Oil, Baking Soda, Vinegar, Sea Salt, Stevia
Thoughts: The ingredients in these bagels make me feel best. I like that even without the fiber, an entire bagel is still only 9 carbs. These bagels are a little smaller than the other bagels and taste/act almost muffin-like which was totally fine for me.
If I had to pick something less than positive to say, it would be that you’ll want a glass of water to drink with these. But if you’ve ever eaten something made with coconut flour, this won’t be news to you.
Great Low Carb Everything Bagels – 16 carbs, 14 fiber = 2 net carbs
Ingredients: Water, Vital Wheat Gluten, Almond Flour, Flax Seed Meal, Oat Fiber, Wheat Protein Isolate, Modified Wheat Starch, Virgin Olive Oil, Yeast, Calcium Propionate, Vinegar, Poppy Seeds, Sesame Seeds, Chopped Onion, Chopped Garlic, Stevia
Thoughts: If you’re not going gluten-free, these are a real treat. They sent me a whole bag, so I ate one for a whole week and they didn’t seem to have any negative impact on my weight loss. Most importantly, they look, squeeze, and smell like real bagels. I wish they were pre-cut like the paleo ones, but that’s because I kept knocking all the garlic and seeds off the top when I tried to cut them.
And on this one, if I had to pick something less than positive to say, I would say that if you haven’t had wheat in a while like myself, you might get the burps! That’s all though, and it was worth every belch.
Would I buy these?
Yes, definitely. The paleo ones are $2.99 each, and the Everything bagels are $7.99 for six. I don’t think I’d keep my house stocked constantly because I’d never stop eating them. I did find myself eating one and wanting another, they’re addictive!
I also just tested out their regular vs. paleo bread!
And don’t forget to check out Great Low Carb Bread Company!
Full disclosure: Great Low Carb Bread Company provided me with these samples for free, but did not ask or pay me to write this review.