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This is Why You Need to Try Starbucks' New Bagel Balls

"I'll have a grande unsweetened iced coffee and an everything bagel with cream cheese," the woman in front of me said to the Starbucks barista. Then she turned to her coworker and added, "I'm trying to cut back on sugar. I want to lose weight for a tight dress I'm going to wear to a holiday party."

I couldn't help but internally review her order: The plain iced coffee? A smart move. The giant bed of nutrient-void carbs smeared with artery-clogging fat? Not so much. Sure it's low in sugar, but the seed-topped Starbucks' duo carries 400 calories, 13 grams of fat and more than half a day's worth of saturated fat. What she could have ordered instead: The most buzzed-about new menu item at Starbucks: Bantam Bagels.

Filled with cream cheese, these donut hole-sized bagels first rolled out in NYC in May and are the body-conscious bagel lovers' answer to their carb cravings. (If the company name sounds familiar, you may have seen the husband and wife team behind the brand on season six of Shark Tank. They struck a deal with "Queen of QVC," Lori Greiner.) If you're looking for a delicious way to slim down your morning order, you'll find three different varieties of these healthy breakfast minis snuggling up with classic Starbucks menu items behind the pastry glass: Everybody's Favorite, an everything bagel stuffed with veggie cream cheese (100 calories); The Classic, a plain bagel stuffed with plain cream cheese (100 calories); and French Toast, a cinnamon nutmeg egg bagel with maple syrup cream cheese (110 calories).

So next time you're picking up your favorite java and craving something starchy in the morning, grab a Seasonal Harvest Fruit Blend from the refrigerator case and ask for two of the bagel bites. This smart swap will provide the same taste you crave while keeping up to 110 calories and 4 grams of fat off your frame. (Looking for more easy weight loss hacks? Check out these 40 Ways to Lose 4 Inches of Body Fat.) Though that may not seem like a lot, it adds up for three-times-a-week bagel lovers; it's a savings of 1,200 calories per month and 4.8 pounds in one year! Try it out, along with our suggestions for how to order at Starbucks for weight loss, and you'll put your daily habit to good use.


Dana Leigh Smith
Dana has written for Women's Health, Prevention, Reader's Digest, and countless other publications. Read more