Healthy Lettuce Wraps
If you’re like us, you love Verde salads. The only way to make these green gems better is shrink them into bite-sized lettuce wraps and eat them after a barre class. We were inspired by the Verde lettuce wraps at the BE North Mt. Pleasant studio open house, so we curated a list of our five favorite lettuce wraps to try at home. We’re big fans of tortilla wraps and tacos, so these lettuce wraps offer an easy way to kick those extra carbs. On the fence about losing the tortilla? These flavorful recipes are sure to change your mind about packing veggies into veggies.
1. Cabbage Wraps with Spicy Peanut Dipping Sauce, courtesy of a House in the Hills
Bring these for lunch or prepare in advance for a quick dinner on a busy evening. Low-calorie, fiber-rich cabbage packs a punch in the health department. Green cabbage is packed with vitamin C and offers a healthy dose of manganese, which strengthens bones and boosts in metabolic activity.
2. Mexican Quinoa Salad Cups with Creamy Cilantro Lime Dressing, from Minimalist Baker
Feeling like taco night gets the best of you every Tuesday? Try swapping out rice and tortillas for quinoa lettuce wraps. Quinoa is a super grain, which offers iron, magnesium, manganese, and so much more. In addition to being one of the most protein-rich foods you can eat, it is high in vitamin B2 (riboflavin, which improves energy and metabolism.
3. Raw Green Vegan Collard Wraps, from Avocado Pesto
Ok the name, alone, sounds too healthy to taste good. Right? Wrong- they’re delicious! Collards have the unique ability to lower cholesterol and improve digestion- more so than any other leafy green. Collards contain huge amounts of vitamin K, as well as glucosinolates linked to cancer prevention. Add vitamin and mineral-rich sprouts, and you’ve got a super-snack on your hands.
4. Spicy Cashew Lettuce Wraps, courtesy of A Couple Cooks
A little spice can go long way to keeping your ticker happy and your metabolism kicking. Heart-healthy chili pepper is linked to reduced LDL (bad cholesterol), and contains anti-inflammatory capsaicin. Cashews are high in antioxidants and monounsaturated fats, making for a winning heart-heathy combo. Adding spice to your diet also gives your metabolism a boost and will cool you down on a hot day.
5. Lentil Lettuce Wraps, from Unruly Bliss
Turkish food is fresh, flavorful, and healthy. A staple of Turkish cooking, lentils contain high levels of soluble fiber to lower cholesterol and reduce risk of heart disease. They’re packed with folate and magnesium, which have been directly linked to improved heart health. If you’re still not convinced, lentils are rich in iron, fiber and protein, keeping you full and helping to boost metabolism and promote weight loss.