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Thomas’ Bagel Thins Review + Keri Gans Interview

by Nicole on March 23, 2012

Name of Product: Thomas’ Bagel Thins

Price of Product: $3.99

Where can the product be purchased: at grocers nationwide

Description of Product:The Thomas’® brand is baking breakfast better by introducing the first trim bagel option – Thomas’ Bagel Thins™ bagels. Each soft and delicious Bagel Thins™ variety is just the right size, containing 110 calories per serving. Thomas’ Bagel Thins™ bagels are available in 100% Whole Wheat, Cinnamon Raisin, Everything and Plain, and can be purchased at supermarkets and mass stores (like Walmart and Target) nationwide, with an SRP of $3.99.”

Review of Product: I have been a fan of Thomas’ products for years and used to eat their english muffins as a child for breakfast all the time.  They now have so many varieties and the bagel thins are a special favorite of mine.  I love how healthy they are, made with whole grains and containing less bread than a traditional bagel.  I use them to eat plain, or to make a sandwich with – yum!

I was excited to get the opportunity to interview Keri Gans. Keri is a nutritionist and shared some great information with me!

Here is my interview with Keri – she has some fabulous tips for healthy eating!

1. Tell me your top 3 tips for making sure kids get wholesome balanced meals.

• Be a role model – introduce your children to healthy choices at a very young age and make sure your home is well stocked with healthy choices.
• Be consistent and patient – if your child is picky don’t give up or give in to their demands. Some foods need to be introduced many times before a child will like them or even try them.
• Engage your child in meal preparation. Take them food shopping with you and teach them their way around the kitchen.

2. How many times should we be eating per day and how many calories should a day be?

That really depends. Definitely 3 meals per day; a breakfast, lunch and dinner. If greater than 4-5 hours in between your meals than a healthy snack needs to be added. Hard to say how many calories since that can vary from person to person based on their height, age and activity level. The average for a 5’5”woman with a light activity level would be around 1400-1600 cals. However, I personally do not promote counting calories with any of my patients, but rather learning what a healthy plate looks like. Once that is understood, the calories fall into place.

3. Are all fats bad for you? Which are good and which are bad?

Absolutely not!!! Monounsaturated (i.e. avocado, olive oil, almonds) and Omega 3 Fatty Acids (i.e. salmon, sardines, walnuts, chia seeds) are highly recommend to include daily into your diet. These fats have been proven to help prevent heart disease. Fats help keep you satiated with your meals and can prevent overeating. Trans fats (i.e. some overly processed baked good items) should be avoided because they lower your good cholesterol and raise your bad cholesterol and saturated fats (i.e butter, whole fat diary) should be limited since they are high in calories and may possibly be connected to heart disease.

4. Are all carbs bad for you? Which are good and which are bad?

Another absolutely not!!! High fiber carbs like whole grains (barley, quinoa, oats, 100% whole wheat bread, 100% whole wheat pasta, brown rice), fruits and veggies should be eaten daily. Fiber helps fill you up, keep your GI system running smoothly and can help lower cholesterol levels. Most people don’t realize that it isn’t the carb they should be concerned but instead how much they are eating. For example, serving size of grain is ½ cup, and unfortunately many consume way more than the serving. Simple carbs, i.e. cookies, cakes, candy, should be limited since they offer only calories and no nutritional benefit.

5. Is exercise more important than wise food choices?

They go hand in hand. I cannot say that one is more important than the other. What people need to remember though is that if they are exercising that isn’t an excuse to overeat, with the mentality “I will burn it off”. They need to find the right balance between food consumption and exercise exertion.

6. What is an ideal breakfast?

A meal that consists of a high fiber carb, lean protein, healthy fat, and possibly fruit and/or veggie.

• Thomas’ Lite Multigrain English Muffin (8g fiber), 3 scrambled egg whites, 4 slices avocado, & tomato.
• 1 cup low fat plain Greek yogurt, topped with ½ cup high fiber cereal (>4g fiber /serving), 1 cup berries, TBSP of chia seeds

7. What is an ideal lunch?

Same as above – high fiber carb + lean protein + healthy fat + fruit/veggie

• Arnold Sandwich Thins roll stuffed with grilled chicken, roasted red peppers, hummus, and an orange

8. What is an ideal dinner?

Think ½ plate veggies, ¼ plate lean protein, ¼ plate high fiber carb. I also suggest always starting your dinner with a mixed green salad to help fill you up before you get to your entrée.

• 4 ounces broiled salmon with fresh lemon, parsley and dill, medium baked potato topped with salsa, 1 cup sautéed spinach w/ garlic & oil.

9. What are ideal snacks?

• Greek lowfat yogurt plain or with fruit
• 1 ounce nuts
• Piece of fruit, individual serving size of cheese (i.e. Mini Baby Bel)
• ½ Thomas’ 100%Whole Wheat Bagel Thin with 1 TBSP almond butter
• 1 cup berries and ½ cup lowfat cottage cheese
• ¼ cup roasted edmame
• Individual can of tuna with lowfat mayo on a 100% whole grain crispbread (i.e. WASA)
• Raw veggies with hummus

10. What else do you want the Nicole’s Nickels readers to know?

“Rome wasn’t built in a day”. Incorporating healthy changes into your life is always a work in progress. Don’t try to be 100% perfect with your eating ; you will only set yourself up for failure. Take each day as it comes and if you fall off track – simply get back on the following day.

I received a sample of these products to review at no charge but my opinions remain my own.

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