Until October 15th, 2023, BJ's members can get FREE bagels when they buy cream cheese.
Who doesn't love a good deal? I still remember the excitement I felt walking into BJ's after I saw the free bagels promotion with cream cheese purchase. I loaded my cart and couldn't wait to enjoy these versatile gems for lunch.
Since then, bagels for lunch are my go-to, and I have discovered many delicious and creative ways to enjoy them.
In this blog post, I'll share some of my favorite bagel lunch recipes and ideas, from turkey and cheese to more adventurous options like avocado and poached egg.
Plus, we'll go beyond cream cheese and explore other spreads and toppings that can take your bagels for lunch game to the next level.
Bagel Sandwiches – Classic and Creative
Making an excellent bagel sandwich is an art form. First, you must slice the bagel evenly to ensure a perfect bite every time. BJ's bagels do not come presliced.
A serrated knife works best for this. Then, it's all about the filling. Classic options like ham and cheese, turkey, and cranberry are always satisfying, but don't be afraid to mix it up.
Of course, all of the items mentioned above are a great deal at BJ's when you compare them to a regular grocery store price.
Bagels and Spreads – Beyond Cream Cheese
While cream cheese is a classic bagel spread, let's venture out of our comfort zones and try something new. Hummus and pesto are fantastic options for savory spreads, while chocolate spreads can satisfy a sweet tooth.
And why not add some toppings to take your bagel to the next level? My favorites include avocado and poached egg, pizza bagels with marinara and mozzarella, or even banana and honey for a sweet treat. And if you're looking for deals on these spreads, check out BJ's for some fantastic discounts.
Bagels for Lunch Ideas
Avocado and Poached Egg Powerhouse
Avocado and poached eggs are the ultimate power couple. You can get a big count bag of Avocados bag at BJs for $5.99.
Spread some mashed avocado on your toasted bagel, and add a poached egg on top with a sprinkle of red pepper flakes and salt.
This delicious combination is packed with protein, healthy fats, and fiber, keeping you full and satisfied until dinner.
Who doesn't love pizza? Why not combine two favorites and make a pizza bagel? Spread marinara sauce on top of a toasted bagel, add some shredded mozzarella cheese and top it off with your favorite pizza toppings.
Pop this in the oven until the cheese is melted, and voila! A quick and tasty lunch option. Even faster would be your Ninja Foodi air fryer– or any air fryer of course.
Banana and Honey Delight
If you have a sweet tooth, try this tasty combination. Slice half a banana and place it on top of a toasted bagel.
Drizzle some honey on top and sprinkle some cinnamon for an extra kick. This sweet option is a delicious treat that won't derail your healthy eating goals.
Whole Grain Bagel with Turkey and Veggies
For a healthy option, try this recipe. Toast a whole-grain bagel and spread some hummus on top. Add some sliced turkey, cucumber, spinach, and red onion.
This delicious combo is packed with fiber, vitamins, and protein to give you the energy you need to power through the day.
I tried the whole wheat bagel with turkey and veggies, a convenient and satisfying lunch option. The whole grain bagel added fiber to keep me full, and the veggies added crunch and nutrients.
Almond Butter and Fruit
Try this recipe if you’re looking for a vegan and gluten-free option. Spread some almond butter ( there is a BJ's coupon for this right now) on top of a toasted bagel, and add sliced banana and strawberries on top.
This sweet and savory combination is full of healthy fats, fiber, and antioxidants to keep you going throughout the day.
Tuna salad bagel
Mix canned tuna ( there is a BJ's coupon for this right now) with Greek yogurt, celery, and onion for a protein-packed and low-fat tuna salad. Spread it on a toasted bagel and add lettuce for a quick and healthy lunch.
The Nutritional Benefits of Bagels
Now, let's talk about the nutritional benefits of bagels. Yes, they're delicious, but can also be part of a balanced diet. Whole grain bagels are a fantastic option and provide fiber, protein, and vitamins.
Fill them up with turkey and veggies or almond butter and fruit, and you'll have a healthy lunch that will keep you fueled throughout the day. I personally have found that incorporating healthy bagel recipes into my diet has helped me eat better overall.
Bagels are a lunchtime favorite for a reason. They're versatile, convenient, and even free if you get them from BJ's until October 15th! I hope this blog post has given you some inspiration for creative bagel lunches that go beyond the traditional cream cheese.
Remember, the possibilities are endless, and I would love to hear your own bagels for lunch creations or favorite bagels for lunch recipes.
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