Saturday, January 4, 2014

Low Carb Tortillas

As you probably know I have been on a hunt for a good tasting low carb bread substitute.  I have tried a bazillion recipes and several low carb alternatives that I have purchased and although they have be "okay" none of them have really past the taste test for me.

I was doing my usual grocery shopping yesterday and out of the corner of my eye I caught the sign for La Tortilla Factory.  Low and behold right there in front of me was a whole rack of La Tortilla High Fiber Whole Wheat Tortillas!   I can't tell you how excited I was.  I live in a very tiny rural area and finding anything "low carb" is almost a miracle.  I've heard very good reviews for the La Tortilla High Fiber Wheat Tortillas so I thought I would give them a shot.  So these are the ones I purchased.

Here's a description and information from Low Carb Canada

Smart & Delicious Low Carb Tortillas
Acclaimed the "One and Only Low Carb Tortilla" and among 125 "Best Foods For Women" these tortillas are perfect for those following a low carb diet, those seeking lower glycemic index foods (such as diabetics), and those simply seeking delicious ways to get more fiber in their diets. With 52% of the recommended daily value of fiber, these tortillas are also low calorie, cholesterol-free, and contain no saturated fats, trans fat or hydrogenated oils.
La Tortilla Factory's Whole Wheat Low Carb/Low Fat Tortillas are compatible with nearly any weight loss program or healthy living lifestyle. Whether you're counting carbohydrates, decreasing fat intake or increasing fiber, La Torilla Factory's Whole Wheat Low Carb/Low Fat Tortillas can help you reach your personal nutrition and weight loss goals.
Only 3 grams net carbs per original 6-inch soft taco sized tortilla!
Only 6 grams net carbs per large 9-inch sized tortilla! 18 grams of total carbs including 12 grams of fiber.
La Tortilla Factory has been making Premium Quality, healthy Mexican food products in the heart of Sonoma county, California wine Country for three generations.
 Shelf life is approximately 2 to 3 weeks at room temperature, up to 8 weeks refrigerated or up to 6 months frozen.

  • Cholesterol Free
  • No Saturated Fat
  • No Added Sugar
  • Non-Aluminum Type Baking Powder
  • No Hydrogenated Oils
  • Contains Soy FLour - A Good Source of Protein
  • No Dairy
Size: 8 Wraps
Nutrition Facts: per 1 LARGE tortilla (62g) Calories 130 Fat 3g Saturated Fat 0.4g TransFat 0g Cholesterol 0mg Sodium 330mg Carbohydrate 18g Fiber 12g Sugar 1g Sugar Alcohol 0g Protein 8g
Ingredients: Water, Oat Fiber, Whole Wheat Flour, Soy Flour, Vital Wheat Gluten, Expeller Pressed Canola Oil, Contains less than 2% of each of the following- Baking Powder (sodium acid pyrophosphate, sodium bicarbonate, corn starch, monocalcium phosphate), Sea Salt, Guar Gum, Citric Acid, Yeast, Xanthan Gum, L-Cysteine, To Maintain Freshness (Sorbic Acid, Calcium Propionate).
Recommended Use: Heating Instructions: Microwave Instructions: Place one tortilla at a time in the microwave for 25-30 seconds on medium-high heat. (Microwave instructions suggested for 625-700 watt microwave). Skillet or Griddle Method: To warm and soften, place tortillas one at a time in a medium hot un-greased skillet. Heat each side 10-15 seconds until warm and soft. Can be Refrigerated or Frozen.
Now anyone that has been low carbing for awhile knows that 18g of Carbs minus the 12g of Fiber equals only 6g of usable carbs!!  Woo Hoo!

The possibilities with these are amazing as well.  Not only can you make an awesome wrap for lunches and snacks but you can use them for pizza crusts, pinwheel snacks, brushing with your favorite toppings and slicing into tortilla chips for dipping into your favorite low carb dips and of course tacos!  You can slice them into tiny thin strips and use them for pasta or noodles in soup.  Of course that is only a good thing if they taste good.

So I put it to the taste test.   I made a tuna salad wrap for lunch.   I did not warm the tortilla which I think I should have.  Although it tasted pretty good it was a tiny bit dry.  I don't think I would have had that problem if I had just warmed it first.  I will have to try then again as a loaded wrap full of fresh veggies and as a taco before I give my final verdict but I am prepared to say that these are an awesome low carb substitute for someone like me who has to have my sandwiches.   They are a far cry better than any of the low carb bread substitutes I have tried and with far less calories.  A lot of the low carb bread recipes require a bunch of eggs which really add calories to your daily intake in a hurry.  This way I can still stick well within my carb range and not have to feel guilty about eating a sandwich.  Now I just need to convince my local grocer to keep getting them!  Finding  Low Carb stuff in general in Canada is proving to be quite difficult.  Variety and choices are slim to none.  So I have found a couple places that I can order from online.  Shipping is very minimal especially compared to the cost of gas lately and you have a huge choice.  So I'm going to include a link to products in my recipes and posts when I can so you are able to find them if you need to.

So here's a link for the La Tortilla family of Tortillas.  There is a whole whack of flavors available and it's the same price that my local grocery store is charging.  I have ordered from here before and delivery is cheap, they have a rewards program and lots of choice.

La Tortilla MULTI GRAIN Wraps

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