I love bagels and cream cheese. Nothing like biting into a soft chewy bagel that is slathered with creamy cream cheese. Yumm! I am glad I blissfully enjoyed these while I was still young and did not have to count carbs and calories. While pregnant I had to count carbs in my last trimester and got the gyan (knowledge) about counting carbs. My heart sank when my nutritionist told me the the number of carbs in a bagel. I thought about our weekend morning trips to Panera to enjoy their delicious bagels. Emotions run high when you are pregnant and my dismay could have probably been a bit exaggerated. As my son grew to be a toddler, I would eagerly wait for the leftover bagel. I can't imagine going back to those days of blissful indulgence ( which probably led to me having to eat carefully!) but I do enjoy the occasional whole wheat bagel loaded with cream cheese mixed with veggies. I used whole wheat bagel thins ( skinny bagels lower carb, 6 grams of protein) .They are not really like bagels but I like them.
Fresh veggies mixed with softened cream cheese topped with fresh avocado and arugula make these skinny bagels a guilt free treat. I got some fresh arugula and carrots from the farmer's market that I used in here.
Cream cheese - 4 oz softened
Carrot - 1 grated
Green pepper - 1/2 finely chopped ( any color would be great)
Sweet onion - 1 tbsp finely chopped
Cilantro - a handful finely chopped
Black pepper to taste
Salt to taste
Avocado - 1 sliced
Lime - to squeeze over avocado
Arugula - 1 cup
Olive oil - to drizzle over arugula
Whole wheat bagel thins - 4
Butter for toasting bagels (optional)
Mix carrots, green peppers, onion and cilantro with the softened cream cheese and add salt and pepper and mix well.
Cut avocado into slices and squeeze lime juice to prevent oxidation.
Wash arugula and mix with a drizzle of olive oil and salt and pepper and set aside.
Toast bagel and spread cream cheese mix on both sides.
Top the bottom half with avocado and seasoned arugula.
Cover with top half.
You can always use a toaster for the bagel. We had to retire ours when we discovered a melting lego block in our toaster one fine day! Did not bother to buy a new one since then.
Indoors or outdoors ;)