The best part about burritos is that there are no rules; you can fill them with anything that suits your desire or nutritional eating plan. “Women’s Health” magazine recommends a lunchtime black bean and cheese burrito filled with protein, fiber and calcium for burning fat and keeping your energy going strong throughout the afternoon. And it’s easy to eat with friends, at your desk or on the go. Fill an 18-inch whole-wheat tortilla with two-thirds cup of black beans, one ounce of low-fat cheddar cheese, three tablespoons of diced tomato, one tablespoon of chopped cilantro and one tablespoon of salsa.
Low-fat and lower calorie choices include those made with chicken, turkey, tuna or veggie varieties. Spice up a vegetable patty with some feta cheese and spinach and swap the white bread for a whole-wheat bun, advises “Fitness” magazine. Or, go Baja with a veggie burger topped with sliced avocado, barbecue sauce and a smattering of fresh bean sprouts. Lighten up fast food favorites by topping a chicken or turkey burger with turkey bacon, sweet onions cooked in bottled chili sauce and a 1-oz. wedge of low-fat cheese.
Hummus is a paste made from tahini and garbanzo beans. Tahini is crushed up sesame seeds and garbanzo beans are also known as chickpeas. This combination is high in protein, complex carbs and dietary fiber. You can get pre-made hummus at a grocery store and you can find sandwich shops that make it fresh. Add hummus to the center of a multi-grain wrap that is lying out flat. Then, chop up and cucumbers, lettuce, olives and tomatoes and spread them across the hummus. Sprinkle a little feta cheese across the top, lay sprouts over the mixture and roll it up.