A bacon, egg, & cheese bagel is one of those breakfasts that a lot of people perceive as really high calorie and not “healthy” by their definition.
Whether we’re talking about a breakfast sandwich, pizza, burgers, or any other food that people historically perceive as unhealthy, it’s important to remember that not every single version of food is the same.
Don’t get me wrong, I do not consider either option unhealthy, and I absolutely LOVE breakfast sandwiches. But take a look at this comparison- this is the same exact sandwich, with the same quantity of ingredients, but there’s nearly a 200 calorie difference between the two.
While you can make more obvious swaps like using a bagel thin or swapping out egg whites or turkey bacon, I wanted to show you how you can essentially enjoy the same exact food for less calories using some seemingly meaningless swaps.
In this situation, the differences are: a different brand of bagel, using center cut bacon (which is superior bacon anyway), and swapping fat free cheese. The cheese swap may feel more diet-oriented, but I can never taste the difference when it’s melted onto a sandwich, so I always go with fat free cheese to save me some calories.
This is the main reason why (pre-quarantine) I end up spending so much time at the grocery store. I love comparing different brands and seeing the differences. You’d be surprised at how large of a difference there can be in some cases!
At the end of the day, it all comes down to your preferences. Of course you can eat the sandwich on the left. But maybe the same sandwich for under 400 calories is more appealing to you.
Either way, remember that the seemingly small changes can end up making a pretty big difference!