Just to check on the ingredients in fresh bagels available to me, I did a web search on their ingredients, and found the following counts for plain bagels:
- Stop and Shop: calories 290, sodium 520 mg, sugars 4 mg
- Finagle a Bagel: calories 290, sodium 410 mg, sugars 8 mg
- Dunkin Donuts calories 320, sodium 660 mg, sugars 6 mg
- Bruegger’s: calories 300, sodium 530 mg, sugars 7 mg
- Starbucks: calories 300, sodium 460 mg, sugars 8 mg
The best we can do is to carry our own snacks and energy foods that have healthy ingredients and low to moderate sodium levels. That means either using fresh fruits or buying products whose ingredient labels pass muster. And when we prepare dinner, we can use as many fresh ingredients as possible and use processed products like sauces and salad dressings that have reasonable sodium levels listed on their labels. Fruit juices are not recommended as a major energy source because of their high sugar content. The same goes for chocolate milk, which has recently been touted as a good recovery drink. Skim or 1% milk isn’t a bad alternative if one prefers a liquid rather than solid snack. A glass of 1% milk contains 102 calories, 107 mg of sodium, and 13 mg of natural sugars.