There are certain foods from our pre-health conscious repertoire that can make us shudder when we think about how mindlessly we consumed them. I used to gobble up sugar cake cookies until full, drink Diet Dr. Pepper with almost every meal, and order myself a giant BLT on white bread whenever I had the chance.
When I committed myself to a healthier, happier lifestyle, I started to learn a great deal about how those foods from my past affect my present health, ability, and longevity. I made the decision to forgo the cookies and completely nix the diet sodas, and I gave a tearful farewell to my beloved BLTs.
From Sandwiches to Wraps
If there’s one trick to success on a real food/paleo plan, it’s knowing how to transform your favorite foods from the past into a healthful alternative that you can enjoy today. Believe it or not, a BLT (bacon, lettuce, and tomato) sandwich is an easy fix.
Knowing how to convert sandwiches into wraps is a simple tool to keep in your pocket. The equation is simple: swap the bread for your favorite large leafy green and roll it up. Some of the best sandwich wrappers include: collard greens, swiss chard, dinosaur kale, romaine, cabbage, and butter lettuce.
In this BLT, I’ve opted for mini butter lettuce wraps. Just roll up a slice of all-natural bacon with fresh tomatoes, a slice of avocado, and an optional dab of homemade mayo (or Baconnaise). Enjoy.
Paleo BLT Wrap
Program Compliance: Fed & Fit, Whole 30, 21-DSD
Time: 5 minutes
Yield: 8-9 wraps
- 1 head butter lettuce
- 1 pound bacon, cooked
- 2 medium-sized tomatoes, sliced
- 1 medium avocado, sliced
- 2 tablespoons homemade mayo or Baconnaise (optional)
- Wash the butter lettuce and pat dry. Lay 2-3 leaves on top of each other for each wrap.
- Place one piece of bacon on each wrap, 1-2 slices of tomato, 1 slice of avocado, and an optional smear of homemade mayo or Baconnaise.
- Roll up and enjoy!
Photo courtesy of Cassy Garcia.