It is that time of year where you might be starting to consider your goals for the next 12 months and more often than not diet and exercise feature quite heavily. If you are new to Paleo, or just trying to find out more about what it entails, then you are probably going to be quite interested in what Paleo products are available to help you get through the transition period.
I am pleased to confirm that there are many great Paleo products available in the UK and over the next couple of months I am going to be providing some product reviews to help you get started. Today I am going to be reviewing the Julian Bakery Paleo Wraps; a Paleo friendly coconut based wrap. They were specifically created as a “transitional product” to help people adapt to Paleo eating in the first few weeks and months when you may be craving certain products such as bread and wraps.
I am always keen to try out new Paleo products and have had my eye on Julian Bakery products for a while, I was therefore very pleased to hear that more Julian Bakery products are becoming available in the UK. You can find out more about Julian Bakery and the products that they make in the Guest Blog that has previously featured on the website.
When I first started out on Paleo I found that I really missed bread. Not only did I miss the taste and texture but it is undoubtedly one of the most convenient foods that you will come across. When you take bread out of the equation for many people it is difficult to see what they will be able to eat; especially for breakfasts and lunch. Learning to find other options can be difficult and practically rules out buying your lunch from the usual high street outlets.
There is always the option of making your own Paleo bread alternatives, but it can be tricky to get the right recipe perfected. Plus we all have those days when we simply don’t have the time, energy or inclination to be baking bread for lunch the next day. I was therefore incredibly intrigued at the thought of being able to use a Paleo friendly wrap and was very keen to give it a go. I instantly had a number of recipes running through my mind and waited with anticipation to see if the taste and texture would live upto my initial expectations. Let’s get started with the ingredients….
There are just three simple ingredients (I always love to see just a handful of ingredients in pre-packaged foods) that are all 100% natural and organic:
Coconut Meat, Coconut Water and Unrefined Virgin Coconut Oil.
The wraps are made using only hand-harvested, unadulterated organic products that are sourced from the Philippines. They are produced in a gluten free facility so no need to worry about any cross contamination from other products. They are also raw, vegan, starch free, yeast free, soy free, GMO free, low carb and have no added salt.
They are naturally preserved by dehydrating so you can keep them in your cupboard for up to nine months.
Nutrition per each wrap:
45 kcals from fat
5g fat (of which 4.5g saturates)
6g carbohydrates (of which 3g sugars)
2g dietary fibre
I was really impressed by the nutritional breakdown. For a tortilla/wrap alternative it provides a good dose of healthy saturated fats (which we would expect given the presence of coconuts in the ingredients) along with a low calorie count. There is dietary fibre and also a small amount of protein. There is no sugar or added salt or any preservatives so compared to a traditional tortilla product the nutritional profile is far superior.
When you open the packet the first thing you will notice is that they do not look like the usual grain based tortilla/wraps. This is because the Paleo Wraps have been dehydrated so they are much more rigid and look quite thin. They are also square instead of the usual round shape that you will be used to. The closest thing that I can probably compare them to visually is sugar paper. However, when you start to use them you realise they are incredibly pliable and strong and I soon lost any fears about them splitting.
I had lots of ideas as to how I wanted to use the wraps but thought I would start off by making a simple wrap. I had a craving for tuna so I used some homemade mayonnaise to create a delicious tuna and crunchy pepper filling with some rocket to finish it off. I piled my filling high in the centre and then just wrapped/folded it up and took a big bite! The first thing I noticed was the crispness of the wrap and the subtle coconut flavour that comes through – slightly bitter but also a hint of sweetness.
The texture and flavours did initially take me by surprise; I think this was mainly because my brain was thinking about traditional tortilla/wraps rather than the product I had in front of me. However, after a few bites I was really enjoying the flavours and the novelty of having a sandwich not wrapped up in lettuce leaves. There is a sweetness that comes through from the coconut and I think this may lend itself better to certain fillings so you would have to experiment a bit and see what tastes combinations work best for you.
The next step was to create a warm dish and this is where I really started to find how versatile the wraps can be. You may have already seen my recipe for Paleo Spring Rolls (one of my most popular blog posts) which was an absolute delight. The wraps change completely in both taste and texture when warmed and become almost pastry like. They worked perfectly for creating spring rolls and it was so easy to do. I have since made several versions all with differing flavours and the wraps never disappoint. I have even tried with some sweet fillings and that was a delicious experiment!
Where to Buy & How Much
Each pack contains 7 wraps making it approximately £1 per portion. Anyone who has ever purchased coconut products will know that they are more expensive and this is reflected in the price of the product. They also last for a long time so if you use them for lunch a couple of days a week you will only need to purchase a couple of packs per month. If you struggle with lunch ideas and want something that is tasty and convenient then it is a great option and the price will still come in cheaper than buying your lunch at a high street outlet.
I think this product will catch the eye of many people who are making the transition to a Paleo lifestyle and want a bit of help along the way in giving up some of their favourite foods. They will be beneficial to those who are looking for a lunchbox alternative to bread and don’t want to have soup or salad every day.
They are very different to a conventional tortilla/wrap in both texture and taste and you would have to be a fan of coconut to have them raw (the taste of coconut almost disappears when heated) but they are incredibly versatile and I have enjoyed using them both hot and cold. If you eat lunch away from home and feel you need some inspiration then this product is perfect for you and I would recommend that you give them a try. Likewise, if you sometimes just miss your favourite sandwich filling then they are perfect for fulfilling that craving.
Make sure you try them in both hot and cold recipes. My Paleo Spring Roll recipe is incredibly popular in my house and no one will ever believe me when I say it is a Paleo friendly wrap.
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