Tuesday, September 7, 2010

Leah Lunch: Low Calorie Wraps

How many calories are in the wraps I usually buy?
  • Chipotle's wraps are 300 calories each
  • Taco bell's soft taco's are 200 calories each (for the small tortilla) 
  • Many Mexican restaurants fry their tortillas (you could be getting 500 calories from tortillas alone when you order fajitas)
  • At the grocery store, the wraps that look "healthy" (the green spinach wraps, whole grain/ fiber wraps) are between 150- 250 calories each.

Since an average meal for someone watching their weight (if they don't eat any snacks) should be about 350-500 calories, you can see that this does not leave very much room for nutritious stuff to fill these wraps with.

The solution...
  • Flat Out wraps- 90 calories and 9g of fiber. These are my FAVORITE wraps because they are large and delicious. You can find these at HyVee by the deli counter. Its random, I know. They can be some what expensive and there are only about 6 per package, but they are worth it. 
    • These are great sandwich wraps
    • Aldi's has their own version of this for cheaper. (Located near the deli meats.)

  • Mame Lupe Low Carb wraps- 60 calories each. These are smaller but more dense than the Flat Out wraps. These can be found at Gerbes.
    • These are great for Mexican meals. 

  • Smart and delicious, multi grain, soft wraps- 100 calories each and packed with 12g of fiber and 9g of protein.
    • These and others like these can be found in the health food section of HyVee

The Recipe we made today:

  1. One healthy wrap
  2. 1 ounce of mozzarella cheese
  3. 3 ounces Oven roasted deli chicken (less sodium than smoked or cured deli meats)
  4. Fresh basil, to taste (courtesy of Dr. Hayes's and Nurse Abbey Old's gardens)
  5. Fresh tomatoes, to taste (thanks again Abbey)
  • Combine the first 4 ingredients and microwave for 30-45 seconds until cheese is melted.
  • Add the tomatoes.
  • Wrap it up!
We accompanied our lunch with some fat free yogurt and strawberries.

Each meal cost less than 5 dollars.

More Recipe Ideas:
  • Use these wraps to make personal pizzas (regular pizza crust has a lot of calories). 
    • Cook on broil and keep an eye on them because they will cook fast.
  • Alternate to sandwich bread.
  • Use these wraps when you make fajitas, tacos, or burritos
  • Make tortilla chips with them by spraying them with some olive oil cooking spray and baking at 400 degrees for 10-15 minutes, until crisp.

1 comment:

  1. Leah! I want to follow this blog! Its awesome! Good job!! :)

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