Lettuce Help with Your Fajitas

Have you been wondering, “how can I make my fajitas and eat them too?”

Let’s face it, it’s almost bathing suit season and those darn tortillas are so fattening. So how can we have our fajitas without adding the fat of tortillas?

Try lettuce!

I took this idea from living with someone who has gone gluten-free. Wheat is found in most tortillas and for those going gluten-free, wheat=gluten=horrible stomach pains.

For those of us who aren’t gluten-free, tortillas only have one downside…the fat they add to our yummy fajitas.

Let’s compare two recipes: one for fajitas made with tortillas and one with lettuce leaves.

The following recipes come from the Kraft Foods recipe site.

This fajita recipe includes the use of tortillas and, with the inclusion of the other ingredients has:

  • a total fat count of 13 g/serving
  • 400 calories
  • 55 mg of cholesterol
  • and 1110 mg of sodium

Now this fajita lettuce wrap recipe includes roughly the same ingredients as the last recipe, but it replaces the tortillas with large leaves of iceberg lettuce. This recipe has:

  • 11 g of total fat/serving
  • 280 calories
  • 85 mg of cholesterol*
  • and 500 mg of sodium

*the added amount of cholesterol is due to added flavoring mentioned in the recipe

Lettuce leaves can be used in the place of the more fattening starches in other recipes as well. My aforementioned housemate made some great hamburgers for dinner one night and replaced the bun with two large lettuce leaves.

This idea of using lettuce leaves has impacted restaurants as well. At Jimmy John’s Gourmet Sandwiches they give you the option to take any of their famous sandwiches and make it an “unwich” meaning they give you all the same ingredients, but replace the bread with a large piece of lettuce. Pair one of these with a bag of Jimmy’s Thinny Chips and you’ve got yourself a low-carb meal!

But don’t just take my word for it, check out the nutrition facts for all of Jimmy John’s healthy options.

So the next time you want a healthier alternative for dinner, put down the rolls and pick up a head of lettuce!

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3 responses

  1. This is such a great idea to cut down on the carbs and calories! My roommates and I love fajitas so we are definitely going to try this lettuce idea out next time we make them. Also, I had no idea about that Jimmy John’s would make sandwichs like that. Learning about healthy options for fast food is always helpful- I actually just wrote about changes to make when ordering fast food in order to have a healthier meal, you should look at it: http://lighterliving210.wordpress.com/healthy-eating/ 🙂 -Lauren Metz

  2. I love this idea too! I’ve actually been trying this out recently, in place of splurging on the extra carbs with pita or bread. I’ve been using this calorie-saving trick with more than just fajitas, but with any raps! I’ve tried with with cold-cuts, hummus, veggies and all the works. Check out my post to see how to make a yummy, nutritious meal in a short amount of time as well! :
    http://theunpretentiousfoodie.tumblr.com/post/21210665507/hey-you-awesome-unpretentious-friends-so-this

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