Sunday, March 09, 2008

Kalyn's Kitchen Picks: Carb Chopper Whole Wheat Tortillas

Carb Chopper Whole Wheat TortillasMany people don't realize that the South Beach Diet isn't really a low carb diet. Instead it's based on the glycemic index, a measure of how quickly foods turn to glucose when they're digested. Foods that quickly turn to sugar (like white flour, starchy white rice, potatoes, and of course sugar) are considered "bad carbs" on South Beach. Other relatively high carb foods like dried beans, whole wheat bread, and brown rice digest more slowly and are considered "good carbs."

After the initial phase of the South Beach diet, you can actually eat quite a few carbs if you're picky about the kinds of carbs you choose. After I became sold on the low-glycemic index way of eating, I found a few good products labeled "low carb" which were loaded with fiber and 100% whole wheat flour, perfect for anyone who's trying to avoid empty carbs. These Carb Chopper Tortillas, made by Santa Fe Tortilla Company (website under construction) are full of South Beach Diet approved ingredients. I've been eating these for a couple of years now, and I'm long overdue on spotlighting them as one of my Kalyn's Kitchen Picks. Whether you're on a diet or not, these tortillas taste great! Keep reading to see some of the ways I eat them, plus a few recipes using tortillas.

In Utah, I used to have to buy these at Costco, and they came in rather large packages. Although they do freeze pretty well (keep in the original plastic bag and put inside a ziploc bag) I prefer to buy a smaller size. Now I can find them in Utah at Smith's Food King (Kroger) and also Albertsons, the two stores closest to my house. If anyone else buys these at other stores, let us know in the comments where you find them.

Some Ideas for Snacking with Tortillas:
-Cut tortillas into pie shaped pieces, then toast in a hot oven for a few minutes to make your own tortilla chips. Eat the chips with Cilantro Salsa Dip, Avocado Salsa, or salsa from a jar. (I featured tortilla chips like this when I posted the recipe for White Bean and Artichoke Dip.)
-Use the tortillas or tortilla chips to scoop up Hummus or guacamole.
-Make an easy quesadilla by layering cheese between two tortillas, then grilling in a frying pan. Eat with salsa and low-fat sour cream.
-Spread a tortilla with peanut butter, roll up and eat.

More Things to Make Using Tortillas:
(Recipes from other blogs may not always be South Beach Diet friendly, check ingredients. You can substitute the whole wheat tortillas for white ones in any recipe.)
Egg Burritos "to die for"
Chicken Fajitas in the Crockpot
Low Carb Pizza with Whole Wheat Tortilla Crust
Roasted Halibut Tacos with Mango Salsa (plus more about low carb tortillas) from The Perfect Pantry
Ham and Cheese Quesadilla from Closet Cooking
Shrimp Quesadilla from Simply Recipes
Cool Quesadilla Combos from Cooking with Amy
Mexican Meat Cups from Janet is Hungry
Bean-Chili Enchilada from One Hot Stove
Bean and Veggie Burrito from Everybody Loves Sandwiches

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17 comments:

Johanna said...

This post is interesting - I enjoy hearing about the south beach diet as it seems to have a lot of sense to it. We had tortillas for lunch done as quesadillas with a (vegetarian) green bean and tofu pate, nectarine chutney and grated cheese - I would recommend it!

I also was pleased to see this post as I was wondering if you would be interested in an event I am holding to encourage people to make a nutroast and send it to me by 18 April. I am doing this because I love nut roast and not many people seem to know about it. I have been wondering how it fits in with diets such as the South Beach and I feel it might if you are able to use these wholemeal/wholewheat ingredients.

If you are interested visit me at http://gggiraffe.blogspot.com/2008/03/neb-at-nut-roast-invitation.html for advice on nut roasts and rules on this event.

MyKitchenInHalfCups said...

I recognize I don't have that brand but I do find whole wheat tortillas here. Any time I can get whole grains, that's what goes in my basket.

Lydia (The Perfect Pantry) said...

I haven't seen this brand locally, but recently I've been trying Joseph's brand tortillas, made with flax, oat bran and whole wheat. They have 70 calories and 5 grams net carbs each, which is great. They are also flimsy as all get-out, so while they are great for quesadillas, they're not so wonderful for a heavier filling like a burrito. In my local supermarkets, they are near the deli department.

Kalyn said...

Johanna, will check it out.

Tanna, me too!

Lydia, when I was visiting my friend in Rhode Island a few years ago we bought Joseph's brand low carb pita bread and I loved it. I've never been able to find it here, although I think they finally have a web site.

RecipeGirl said...

I absolutely love these! We like to put a little pb and sugar free jam on them and roll them up for lunch.

Zoe said...

I've never seen this brand out here in NC, but I have Mission low carb tortillas in my fridge at all times. I love them and make quesadillas all the time (not so much lately, as I'm trying to do more Phase 1 stuff right now).

Chris said...

I, too, haven't seen this brand. I will have to look again. I need a class on how to work with them. I can't roll worth a darn! :)

Kevin said...

I like to have tortillas on hand for a quick meal whether it is a quick quesadilla or something as simple as nutella and sliced bananas.

Cookie Googleman said...

This looks awesome, I will try it soon! I was interested in your brand of low carb tortilla, as I have never seen this brand locally. I have used la tortilla factory for years and found them OK...but today I bought Buena Vida brand...have you tried them before? I will be making "dang quesadillas" or something like that soon!

Kalyn said...

Lots of tortilla lovers! Zoe, I have had Mission Brand low carb tortillas, which I think are also very good. Cookie, I haven't seen that brand in Utah.

Brett said...

Has anyone found a low-carb tortilla that is soy free? The only one I've come across is Trader Joe's, which is 4 net carbs per serving and are very good. Mission uses soybean oil, I believe, and La Tortilla's have soy flour in it. Do the Carb Chopper Tortillas contain soy?

Kalyn said...

Brett, I'm at school, but I'll check when I get home.

Kalyn said...

Brett, the Carb Chopper tortillas do contain soy oil, soy protein, and soy fiber. (Probably one of the reasons they're lower in carbs.) Sorry they won't work for you.

Brett said...

Oh, Well, thanks for the info, Kalyn! I love your blog!!
PS If anyone is near a Trader Joe's, their Low Carb Tortillas are really really good! They're doughy and also crisp up nicely in the oven for pita chips. Even my little brother liked them and he had no idea they were low carb! Plus they are allergen free except for wheat.

Kalyn said...

Brett, you're welcome. I have heard good things about Trader Joe's low carb tortillas from other people too. (Sigh, no Trader Joe's in Utah, although we are getting a Whole Foods in about a year.)

Anonymous said...

I can only find these at 1 Smiths store in the Avenues here in SLC. I buy 2 packs a time and love them.

They are great for any diet plan.

Sean Grey Hanson said...

This low carb tortilla sounds interested. I haven't heard this one before.

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