You know that eating salads is good for you, but what if you still can’t stomach them…or get bored after two weeks straight of salads for lunch?
Who said you had to have salads every day if you don’t like ’em? You can still get in your daily dose of greens by incorporating lettuce wraps into your day in place of (or in addition to) traditional green salads. You don’t have to be a creature habit to eat healthy, you just have to get creative!
- Choose the right wrapper. I personally love romaine hearts and green leaf lettuce, because both are sturdy wrappers and the perfect size for plenty of fillings. You can also do Swiss chard, kale, red leaf lettuce…the options are nearly endless. Just make sure your wrapper of choice can hold up to your fillings of choice and will roll up well if you’re taking them to-go.
- Pick your fillings. You can go with anything you love–staying on the healthy side, of course! Try to avoid ‘wet’ ingredients because they can soak through the lettuce and make things messy, but you can still make these work if you keep them light. You can go salty, spicy or sweet…just make sure you love what you’re stickin’ in there, or you won’t love your lettuce wraps.
- Try new things. One of the best lettuce wrap combos I’ve found is romaine+Medjool dates+coconut butter. Seriously. It sounds SO bizarre, but the flavors really mesh well together, and I love the contrast between the crunch of the lettuce and the gooeyness of the date. So give those weird-sounding flavor combos a try…you never know what’ll become your new favorite!
- Wrap it up. Add toppings, sauces, whatever and then devour. Or wrap ’em up tight, put in a Tupperware and take with you for lunch at school or work or on the bus. Lettuce wraps work really well as a quick lunch wherever you want to eat them–definitely less mess than a salad, and more fun to eat!
How do you enjoy lettuce wraps?