This is one of those recipes that’s really more of an idea. It takes like, two seconds to make. When pb and j or turkey and cheese fail to turn your wheels, try something like this! The wrap provides whole grain, the ricotta and yogurt our protein, the nuts our healthy fats, and the apple provides the fruit! It’s sweet, creamy, and pretty low calorie to boot.
I had a convo with a friend recently who said that she works out because she doesn’t want to watch what she eats. I get this, in theory, though I don’t entirely agree. Yesterday I did my first Crossfit workout – have you heard of this? My husband does it because he likes that the workouts usually take less than 30 minutes, start to finish. Anyways, I like when he wants to work out with me, and there weren’t any good magazines available (I like to do the stair climber while watching the Soup on E! and reading an US Weekly – I’m so hardcore). I worked hard, I kept up, I did too many push ups. I can barely move this morning. Who would want to work that hard every day, when conscious swaps can still yield a happy eater? Case and point, tortillas. An average burrito-sized tortilla is upwards of 300 calories – before you fill it with anything! Asking for whole wheat will give you more fiber but no less calories. Enter, “La Tortilla Factory” brand. These tortillas are between 80 and 110 calories and they’re BIG. With that single swap, you are saving 200 calories – that’s 20 minutes on the elliptical!
Most people overestimate how many calories they burn while working out and underestimate how many they eat. If you’re trying to lose weight by upping your gym time and you’re not seeing results, take a hard look at what you’re eating and start reading labels – take the most notice of calories rather than fat. Sometimes a few swaps can make a BIG difference!
Ricotta, Apple, and Cinnamon Wraps
Adapted from Self Magazine
2 large, whole wheat wraps (ideally La Tortilla Factory brand)
1/3 c. nonfat plain Greek yogurt
1/3 c. part-skim ricotta cheese
1/4 c. chopped roasted almonds
2 tsp. honey
1/4 tsp. cinnamon
1 apple, thinly sliced
1. Toast wraps by laying directly on gas burner for about 15 -30 seconds (or until golden brown in spots), then flip and repeat with second side. Yes, you can really do this. No they won’t catch on fire. Use tongs if you are a ‘fraidy cat.
2. In a small bowl, mix yogurt, ricotta, almonds, honey and cinnamon until combined. Spread mixture down the center of the toasted wraps.
2. Divide apple slices between two wraps, laying them over the yogurt mixture.
3. Fold the wrap, burrito style, and slice in half.