Hello everyone! Happy Saturday. How was your week?
As usual, my week was a little stressful and sorta hectic. I accomplished a lot – practice SATS, math finals review, and more! Much more to do this weekend. I’m spending so much time thinking, and looking, and reading about universities. Lately, my life has been all about post-secondary. A little stressful, but I know I have to keep pushing myself in order to accomplish what I hope I’ll be able to do.
Anyways, I have a feeling we’re going to have a good weekend before diving in to three four-day weeks in a row. Woot!
Check out this scrump-diddly-umptious salmon and veggie wrap. Not only is it filled with feel-good veggies and protien, it’s also super easy to make. I love how fresh and summery this tastes – just like this meal!
Start with a plain ‘ole tortilla. I use whole wheat here, because I like the extra fiber and chewiness. Dempster’s makes pretty decent whole wheat products that you can find everywhere, but have you tried Flat-Out flatbreads? At Wal-Mart last week, I discovered this new brand – one flatbread has 9, yes, 9 grams of fiber. :O Impressive! The ingredients are okay (mono and di-glycerides, hmmm). See below for my opinion on this. I don’t eat wheat-y products (ie. pitas, bread, etc.) because I prefer to cook grains and eat them un-baked. Does that make sense? I’d choose a bowl of millet/couscous/quinoa/pasta/my favourite OATMEAL over a slice of toast any day. Wait – one exception. Homemade baked goodies, like this banana bread, are my kryptonite. Whole wheat, flax-filled and fruity muffins are my #1 weakness. These are the best, and you should try them crumbled over yogurt.
Whoa, that’s a lot of links! Top the tortilla with your choice of veggies. I used baby spinach on the bottom as a base, then topped it with some sliced cucumbers and avocado. I’m sure bell peppers will taste (and look!) fantastic. Try chopped tomatoes in the summer! Remember the health benefits + deliciousness of avocado on toast? It’s also great in a wrap. Creamy, like a mayo-based dressing, but much healthier!
Top that with some protein. If you’re like my mom, who knows nada about protein/fat/carbohydrates/etc., protein is made up of a bunch of amino acids (all chained together). You need protein to function. Basically, if you eat only leaves, you won’t be able to survive for very long. 😛 Protein builds muscle. Unless you’ve been living under a rock, you know what a protein drink is. Most of the time, people who are very fit (ie. go to the gym daily) have protein drinks once or twice a day. That’s also why you hear about celebrities eating five chicken breasts a day to bulk up for a movie!
I used trout, cooked this way, and then flaked with a fork. Oooh, I would’ve added feta cheese if I had some! You could also used sliced chicken/turkey breast, beef or pork, shrimp (YUM) or even tofu.
Drizzle with some lemon juice, or dressing if you wish. I try to steer clear of store-bought dressings, because xanthan gum and trisodium pentahydroxylate – I just made that up – creep me out a little bit! I always say, “if you can’t pronounce an ingredient, you shouldn’t eat it.” That’s because those hard-to-pronounce names are usually chemicals. Ew. Anyways…
We’re done! Wrap it up and eat.
By the way, it only looked this pretty for about two minutes. Then I, being a clumsy
eater person, spilled the contents of this wrap all over my plate, and had to eat it like a salad. Ha!
QUESTION OF THE DAY!
Do you read food labels? To you, what is more important, the nutrition label or ingredients?
I always read food labels! I think it is SO important to know exactly what you are putting into your body. Chemicals, processed junk, and artificial things just won’t do it. Part of being healthy and strong is eating the right foods – whole, clean, and minimally-processed food. Real food! 😀
Ingredients, all the way. I don’t care if it’s fat-free, low-cal, or high-fiber – if there are 60 ingredients and half of them are chemicals, it’s junk food. While some might consider whole wheat bread to be a superfood, take a took at the ingredients. Is it even 100% whole wheat? Often, whole wheat breads are baked with white flour and then dyed brownish with caramel colouring. Bleh! Is there sodium stearoyl lactylate? High-fructose corn syrup (the horror!)? Calcium propionate? Thiamin mononitrate? What ARE these ingredients? I would estimate that 90% of the un-pronounceable ingredients are preservatives (keep food fresh and mold-free), artificial flavours/colours, and/or flavour enhancers (keep bread soft and wheat-y).
So what ingredients ARE healthy? I’d much rather have a slice of freshly-baked bread, made with simple ingredients.
-Fresh-ground whole wheat flour
-Something sweet (usually honey)
-Oats, flax, rye, sourdough starter, etc.
See that? Six ingredients! There is HOPE! 😀
Anyways, let me what you think below! Have a great weekend, everyone. I’ll have another update tomorrow!