It's not often you come across a food that's a remarkable step forward in terms of health, convenience, price, and taste. However, I have to share with you a recent find of mine that I came across in my local Walmart when buying food to stock up my dorm room. I was looking for whole wheat bagels, and instead came across a brightly colored flat plastic package proclaiming "Flatout!" Intrigued, I picked it up. And after reading the front, back, fine print, nutritional information, AND ingredients, I immediately tossed the package in my cart and have been thoroughly enjoying its contents for about a week now.
So what did the package contain? Well, Flatout makes healthy flatbread/tortillas/wraps, and I've always been a HUGE fan of making wraps containing all sorts of delicious meats and veggies. They taste amazing, and Flatout flatbreads are NO exception. I bought their multigrain variety, which not only contains Flax seed and Omega-3 fatty acids, but is made from 100% whole wheat bread. WOW! Now that's some serious health horsepower. But upon reading into the nutritional information and macro-nutrients a little more, the story just gets even better.
What else do these flatbreads have going for them? Hmmm...where do I begin?
These things are packed with fiber! Every flatbread has 17 grams of complex carbohydrates, 8 entire grams of which is fiber! 8 WHOLE GRAMS! That's a LOT of fiber, and is a fantastic addition to any diet.
Not only are you getting a very manageable dose of some of the healthiest carbs you can find, but you'll also get a great dose of protein! Each flatbread has 9 grams of protein! Yet again, I say WOW! That is quite a bit of protein for just one little wrap. So far I'm loving it.
Also, Flatout flatbreads have only 1 g of sugar per serving, and 2.5 g of unsaturated fat (no saturated fat! NICE!). The flax seed adds a whole bunch of Omega-3 as well, which just about everyone needs in their diet. Put some tuna in one of these wraps and you'll be getting enough Omega-3 EFAs to keep your heart happy and healthy for quite some time.
But Flatout flatbreads don't only impress me with what they contain, they also cause great excitement for what they DON'T have. What am I talking about? Well in many 100% whole wheat products these days, you'll find that hidden killer, high fructose corn syrup. That stuff is the devil, and will add fat to your bones quicker than you can get to the nearest dumbbell. Flatout flatbreads though have none of this, as well as no other crazy, unpronounceable ingredients. Only the good stuff goes into these breads, and that's just plain awesome.
And did I mention they're only 100 calories EACH!?!
Here are the nutritional facts for Flatout flatbreads:
Needless to say, I love these things. They're easy to make into all sorts of amazing culinary creations. Some days, for a quick and healthy in-dorm breakfast, I make a simple wrap that contains:
1 Flatout! Multigrain flatbread wrap (100 calories)
1 cup of Southwestern style egg beaters (aproximately 110 calories)
3 White button mushrooms (sliced with mandolin) (15-20 calories)
Whatever other veggies I feel like throwing in (would love some diced onions or peppers!)
I basically slice the veggies into the egg whites, stir it up, add some cayenne pepper, and cook it for about two minutes. I then scoop out the mix onto a Flatout! flatbread wrap, twirl it up nice and tight, and I've got a high protein, low carb breakfast for low calorie days. Not to mention it's DELICIOUS!
But that recipe is ridiculously simple compared to some of the stuff they have on their site. Check this out:
1/2 cup fresh, sliced and steamed mushrooms – shiitake, button or portabella
2 Tbs onion, sliced
6 grape tomatoes
1 Tbs olive oil
1 1/2 tsp fat free balsamic vinegar
Salt and freshly ground pepper to taste
1/2 cup baby arugula
1 Tbs freshly grated Parmesan cheese
Preheat outdoor grill. While grill heats, toss mushrooms, onions and grape tomatoes with olive oil; season to taste with salt and freshly ground pepper. Saute 6 to 8 minutes. Lightly oil both sides of Flatout. Cook Flatout on closed grill for 2 minutes. Remove from grill and top with arugula, sautéed vegetables, Parmesan cheese and drizzle with balsamic vinegar. Cut into slices and enjoy!
Alternate Cooking Options: Cook lightly oiled Flatout in 350°F oven directly on grate for 7 minutes. Remove, top with arugula, sautéed vegetables, Parmesan cheese and drizzle with balsamic vinegar. Cut into slices and enjoy!
Does that look good or what? Check out some other fantastic recipes right on their site:
All in all, these wraps are fantastic, a real slam dunk in the diet world. They're made with quality ingredients, are extremely healthy, and taste absolutely fabulous. They're moist, thick, and flavorful, and boy do they go great with almost anything. My rating? An easy 10/10. PICK SOME UP TODAY!!!!
Oh, and tell them the Food Guru sent you. Good Luck!