Sometimes I like a wrap. It’s quick & easy to make, and you can fill it with almost anything. A while back I wanted to make a wrap but I wanted to cut back the carbs and eliminate the grains that come with the tortilla.
I started looking about some different options and I then I thought: collard greens. Collard green leaves are perfect because they are enormous, they don’t have a ton of flavor and they are strong, so can hold together a wrap no problem.
The best part about subbing in these leaves for a regular wrap is that they are an incredibly healthy green veggie and very low carb. So, if you are looking to trim a few carbs from your diet this is an easy way to do it.
I would normally give a recipe but almost nothing to this, as long as you can put a little of this, and a little on the collard green leaf and then wrap it up, you’re done!
Here’s what’s in my wrap:
- 1 or 2 Large Collard Green Leaves (I used two)
- Roasted: Beets, Cauliflower, Butternut Squash
- BBQ’d Chicken Breast (about 4oz)
- Hot Sauce
- Optional Add-ins:
- Balsamic vinaigrette
To soften the leaves a bit, you can steam them for 10-15 seconds if you’d like. I’ve also dipped them in very hot water for about 30 seconds. Put all ingredients in a line on one of the collard green leaves and roll it up tight. Eat. So good.
What are collard greens? Why eat it? Collard greens are a large leafy cruciferous vegetable (same family as kale, broccoli, cabbage, bok choy, etc.). They are rich in vitamins and minerals providing more than your daily allotment of Vitamins K and A (for strong bones, sharp eyesight, mucous membrane protection to name a few). Collard greens also provide a great source of Vitamin C, Folate, Calcium, B6, Magnesium, Iron, and the list goes on. One of the amazing things about collard greens is that they can actually lower your cholesterol and fight against inflammatory toxins when consumed regularly. Collard greens profile: 1 Cup uncooked collard greens contains: 11 Calories, 0g FAT, 2g CARBS, 1g FIBER, 1g PROTEIN