Wraps seem like a healthier option than a traditional sandwich since they're not made with thick slices of bread, but depending on what you fill yours with, they can end up being a huge plate of calories and fat. Whether ordering a wrap at your local cafe or rolling one up at home, keep these tips in mind.
- Choose your wrap wisely: There are a whole range of flavors from spinach to sun-dried tomato, and even though these seem to offer extra veggies, they're often made with enriched flour. Be a label reader and ensure the first ingredient in your wrap is a fiber-filled whole grain.
- Use veggies as wraps: For even fewer calories, use greens such as chard, romaine, or spinach. Check out this recipe for veggie chard wraps, or get a little creative by using cucumber as the wrap.
- Experiment with protein: Make the texture of your wrap more exciting and up the nutritional content by getting creative with proteins you normally wouldn't wrap up. For a thick and chewy texture, add flavored tempeh as in these kale avocado wraps with spicy miso-dipped tempeh. Grilled fish or hard-boiled eggs are another tasty protein-packed addition, or go for baked tofu, beans, and even cooked whole grains.
Read on for more tips for healthier wraps.