I love bread. Does anyone not love bread? But for many of us, those tempting loaves don't love us back. I notice that if I eat a baguette sandwich, go to town on the bread basket when out for dinner, or make one of my breakfast favourites of scrambled eggs in a flour tortilla wrap, my stomach feels heavy and uncomfortable later, and it quickly leads to noticeable weight gain if I continue on that bread carb streak even for just a few days.
But I looove sandwiches and wraps. I prefer taking salad ingredients and putting them into or between something, rather than eat them out of a bowl. I think part of it is that I like to eat food with my hands rather than a fork, it just feels more satisfying, and there's the texture aspect as well. I've been a vegetarian for about a year now, and one of the benefits that made me want to stick to a meatless diet was how much lighter I felt after eating while also feeling full, so I really notice any bloating or heaviness after eating, and these days floury accompaniments are the lone culprit.
Not being one to compromise when it comes to food, I was thrilled to try wraps from BFree that are free from wheat and gluten, low in calories, and they're also vegan. What they do have is lots of fibre, protein and the antioxidant vitamin E, among other good things. There are three kinds: Sweet Potato, Multigrain, and Quinoa and Chia Seed (which also make really tasty crisps when you slice them into wedges and lightly fry them in a pan with a touch of olive oil). You get your sandwich cravings satisfied without any of the adverse effects, which means if you want more than one you're not going to regret it later, and you can eat them every day.
BFree has teamed up with health and fitness guru, Julie Montagu, to create sandwiches and wraps with a variety of wellness benefits thanks to the ingredients. I first made the BLT (Beautiful Long Tresses) with the Sweet Potato wraps. They're not only really delicious - I love the sweet potato flavour - but they include foods with nutrients that promote healthy hair. I used a marinated tofu and I also like to throw in a few chunks of walnut along with the grated for a bit of added texture. If you want to make them vegan, just leave out the egg or substitute with vegan scrambled egg.
Here's the recipe so you can make it at home, followed by two more that provide an energy boost and offer anti-ageing properties, using the other wrap varieties.