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Manhattan Bagel adds lower-calorie breakfast items

Manhattan Bagel is hoping to attract more health-conscious consumers with the rollout of three breakfast items containing fewer than 400 calories each.

The fast-casual chain, which is owned by Denver-based Einstein Noah Restaurant Group Inc., will launch the three Lighter Side Breakfast Menu offerings June 30.

Einstein Noah teamed up with The Dannon Co. to offer a parfait made with Activia yogurt. The parfait is topped with fresh strawberries, blueberries, and crunchy granola, and contains 220 calories.

The other items are an Italian Egg White on Multigrain Toast and an Ancho Egg White Bagel Sandwich. The Italian sandwich includes egg whites, turkey sausage, roasted red peppers and garlic herb cream cheese, and has 398 calories. The ancho sandwich features egg whites, turkey sausage and ancho salsa on a whole-wheat bagel, and contains 370 calories.

Jeffery O'Neill, chief executive of Einstein Noah, said the egg white sandwiches have been spiced up "with ingredients that provide a great taste to kick off the morning."

As of its March-ended first quarter, Einstein Noah operated or franchised 691 restaurants, including 73 Manhattan Bagels.

Contact Paul Frumkin at [email protected].


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