Thursday, May 8, 2014

Turkey Lettuce Wraps

Let's face it, buns or wraps made from grains can be high in unnecessary calories and carbohydrates, while being relatively low in micronutrients.  AIN'T NOBODY GOT TIME FOR THAT.  (If you don't get that reference, you're really missing out on life).  If you're sitting there wondering what the heck micronutrients are, never fear.  I'm here!!!  So, nutrients can be broken up into two categories called micronutrients and macronutrients.  Macronutrients are the ones I'm sure you've heard of, such as carbohydrates, proteins, and fats.  Unlike macronutrients, micronutrients are only necessary in our bodies in very small amounts. (Hence, MICROnutrients).  Another way to refer to these mysterious micronutrients is as "vitamins and minerals." Not so mysterious anymore, is it?  All those funny little names you've probably heard of before, such as fluoride, selenium, sodium, and zinc are all essential minerals.  While all those letters with the word "vitamin" in front of them are vitamins. (Duh).  

I don't think it's any surprise that colorful fruits and vegetables provide a a wide array of vitamins and minerals that are essential for our bodies.  So why not include as many as you can, right?!  Right.  In this recipe, I have simply switched out a bun or wrap for a lettuce "wrap"!  You will still get all of the flavor of whatever filling you decide to use, but with way more nutrients and way less calories and carbohydrates than a traditional wrap.  

For these turkey wraps, I simply cooked some ground turkey with some carrots, peppers, and seasonings!  So easy.  So delicious.  You can use many different types of lettuce, but I find that romaine hearts are perfect for holding just about any mixture you can dream up!  Switch things up today and give lettuce wraps a try.  YOU GOT TIME FOR THAT.   

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