In shifting from a vegan diet to a pegan (paleo + vegan) diet over the past few months, I’ve been introduced to some really great products that helped with this lifestyle change. I want to start sharing them on a weekly basis, in case you ever have an interest in switching to a dairy-free, gluten-free, meat-on-the-side, sugar-free diet, or if you just like trying something new!
For this elimination / detox diet, I am not allowed to have gluten, most grains (exception: 1/2 c quinoa a day or 1/3 c brown rice), or corn. This eliminates virtually all breads, wraps, and tortillas on the market. Lettuce wraps or lettuce cups are certainly an option as a vehicle for what would have gone into a wrap, but lettuce wraps are not so practical for lunches and other meals away from home. Which leads me to my current pegan obsession: paleo wraps
So, paleo wraps are, according to the Julian Bakery website: “ Raw, Vegan, Starch Free, Gluten Free, Grain Free, Yeast Free, Soy Free, GMO Free, Salt Free (No Added Salt) Low Carb and best of all delicious” and I certainly would have to agree. Basically, paleo wraps are made out of coconut: coconut meat, coconut water, coconut oil. I personally prefer the turmeric wraps, so there is some turmeric added to my paleo wraps as well.
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You can use paleo wraps just as you would other wraps or tortillas – while they have a bit stiffer texture, they still roll and fold well. I’ve made a few different meals with them, including breakfast burritos (tofu + veggies), chicken salad roll ups, and my favorite, turkey roll ups.
They’re a little pricey: on the Julian Bakery website they cost $8.99 for 7 wraps. I bought mine through Thrive Market, so they were less expensive, but still a lot more than a traditional wrap or tortilla. But, they’re convenient, simple, and filling so I think they’re worth it! Allegedly you can also find them at Whole Foods, but I’ve never been so lucky, so I can’t provide the cost comparison.
For my AM-Snack, I’ve been incorporating 2oz Applegate Farms turkey (lunch meat is far from my favorite but it’s the only one functional medicine center approved and easy for lunches), 2T avocado, and 1/2 oz treeline cashew cheese rolled all into a paleo wrap! Best of all, paleo wraps are considered a healthy fat, so I feel full for quite some time after eating turkey rolled up in a paleo wrap.
Here’s my process:
Start with the basics: turkey, treeline, avocado
Lay out the paleo wrap (it’s a perfect square, and smaller than a traditional tortilla).
Spread treeline cashew cheese (or other alternative dairy cheese *kitehill*) on one side.
Add mashed avocado on top!
Add two slices of turkey…
Carefully roll from one side to the other. The paleo wrap may make a cracking noise, but I’ve never had one split! Additionally, in my experience this wrapping style works 900 times better than trying to make a traditionally folded burrito. But, perhaps that’s just me.
I also bought a pack of plain paleo wraps to experiment with some fruit wraps – I’m thinking cashew butter and apples all rolled up? I’ll keep you posted.
Super quick and easy for a meal on the go, and easy to incorporate into Sunday (or Monday) meal prepping. Monday meal prep went well by the way (paleo wraps included), minus the fact that I procrastinated until 10pm. But, all the lunches are made, and I think I’ll stick to Monday meal prep for a while to see if it is a long term solution!
Have you ever tried a paleo wrap? What is your favorite way to use them?