Cardinal rule #1 of caring for a toddler: do not, I repeat do NOT prepare food or eat in the morning, unless you are serving them too. You'd think that I would fully understand and live this rule every day, but sometimes I forget and there is hell to pay, like today for instance. I rarely eat breakfast in the morning, something about ingesting a big meal first thing in the AM is nauseating to me, but I will occasionally eat something small, like a yogurt, or a bagel. I just bought a package of Udi's gluten free bagels and I've been itching to try them, so I whipped them out and started to get them ready to toast when my eagle-eyed 15 month old daughter spotted them and dissolved into what we lovingly call in our household as "fuss-mastering." Before you start calling me an evil mommy for not sharing, let me explain. I was running out the door to work, and all I wanted was a toasted bagel to take with me to eat on-the-go. I never had any intention of sitting down and lovingly devouring my bagel in front of the child while she cried her big anime-style tears. I had no idea (ok maybe some idea) she would freak out to the extent she did.
All of this over gluten free bagels! Of course, I tried to soothe her by offering her a piece, but she tossed it on the floor and continued her tirade - her loss, the dog's gain. C'est la vie!
I digress, the bagels, yes, that what this was all about to begin with. They intrigued me with their softness, and the fact that they held their own in the baked goods section of Whole Foods, next to all of the wheat filled breads, bagels and other assorted confections. I was skeptical, but I picked them up and they were soft to the touch, SOFT! This rocked my world because my only experience with bagels to date has been the frozen sort from Glutino, Kinnikinnick and The Grainless Baker, not to say that any of those are bad, because I love them all for different reasons, but they do not compare to bagels that are soft right out of the bag. Texture only accounts for part of the experience though. Let's face it, taste is a huge factor, and Udi's passed the test. They taste good, they are pre-sliced and they toast to a lovely golden brown. I swear they must be hiding gluten in these things.
This almost inspires me to eat breakfast more often, and next time I'll have the foresight to give half to the bebe.
What are your favorite gluten free bagels? Leave a comment and let me know.