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starfishkitty
10-18-2009, 11:20 AM
So okay, maybe this is the half Mexican in me coming out, but I seriously am wondering about tortillas.

A lot of people on here have mentioned whole wheat tortillas but when I look at the calories in one WW tortilla, its WAY more than a traditional flour tortilla (though I'm sure it's better for you). And I've tried a low carb, low calorie one and to be honest it left a nasty taste in my mouth. What about corn tortillas? They're lower, calorie wise, than WW tortillas... but health wise is there something wrong with them? I definitely would prefer to have a corn tortilla over a WW tortilla, or even a regular flour tortilla! Anyone know or have thoughts on this?


SuperVixen
10-18-2009, 12:41 PM
Hi there! I also love tortillas. I believe that corn tortillas are considered a whole grain and are encouraged on my current eating plan and in lots of other diet plans I've tried, so there is definitely no problem eating those! I also eat the ezekiel sprouted grain tortillas. But I love, love, love corn tortillas and use them regularly. Enjoy!

midwife
10-18-2009, 01:09 PM
I eat corn tortillas. I eat flour tortillas. I just don't eat a ton of either and I watch the calories/carbs.


Thighs Be Gone
10-18-2009, 01:43 PM
La Tortilla brand tortillas are 50 calories each--there are several varieties--some are whole wheat.

nelie
10-18-2009, 01:56 PM
I'm mexican as well and let me tell you, I love flour tortillas but the calories are insane so they are a rarity. Corn tortillas aren't bad at about 50 calories each. I also found some whole wheat tortillas at Trader Joe's that are really really good and soft. They are 50 calories each.

I had tried the La Tortilla ones and didn't really care for them.

Suzanne 3FC
10-18-2009, 04:29 PM
Tortilla calorie counts can be so confusing because there are so many varieties and sizes. I checked the Mission tortilla site and found a whole wheat and a white that were the same size, and the calorie count was the same.

starfishkitty
10-21-2009, 10:47 AM
Nelie - So you kinda feel me when it comes to tortillas... growing up with good ones and then trying some of these FUNKY tasting healthy ones... *shakes head*... I just can't eat them! I'm glad someone above said corn is okay for you!!!

Suzanne - I agree! They are confusing!

Shannon in ATL
10-21-2009, 11:06 AM
I eat a lot of corn tortillas, I get the fresh ones from Trader Joes, 50 cals apiece. I tried making my own, but failed. I'm going to try again soon. :) I almost never eat flour tortillas anymore.

kellost
10-22-2009, 11:15 PM
I've become kinda obsessed with corn tortillas! LOL. I make lean meat tacos and fill them with it, I made homemade light enchiladas with them, and I request them at Mexican restaurants when I order chicken fajitas. I actually like the taste a lot, and they are so much better than the flour in terms of calories.

Bridezilla
12-11-2009, 05:29 AM
Girl... you have to TRY Mission Tortillas Low Carb Whole Wheat. They are super soft and have no bad aftertaste!!! Bon Apetite!

catherinef
12-11-2009, 06:58 AM
I find the low-fat, low-carb (and I'm not really a low-carb eater, so I don't care about that part) flour tortillas pretty revolting, and not worth the calories, and my husband doesn't like corn tortillas at all, so I tend to use wholemeal chapatis, which we love, instead. They're pretty easy to make, if I've got time, but if not, I just buy them ready-made.

cathydoe
12-11-2009, 11:34 AM
My hubby is Mexican...and just think in the OLD DAYS they used to make tortillas with LARD! My mil makes the best homemade tortillas - I am glad she doesn't use lard anymore. I'll have to do a recipe analysis and figure out how many calories there are in one. Yummy...fresh homemade hot tortillas.

leeway
12-14-2009, 12:52 AM
The ones I like are Mama Lupe's - low calorie and low carb - great for breakfast burritos, hot dogs (turkey) with mustard and Claussen saerkraut, quesadillas with cheese & jalepenos - I just used them last week for sandwiches with leftover turkey. I just lay them in the toaster oven for a few minutes and they're great. It makes me feel like I'm cheating - I never used any "bread" products when I was on Low carb before!
I buy them online from Netrition - they have the best price and a flat shipping charge so I can load up on lots of all my low carb favorites.

cathydoe
12-14-2009, 10:42 AM
leeway do you freeze the packages? I'll have to check that out...thank you!

This is an edit post...after I went to the Netrition site...wow...I'll have to try those. My 1st thought is that you would buy like 6 packages or more...that is just because that is why my dh family does when people come from Chicago. They buy a bunch and then freeze the packages.

nelie
12-14-2009, 12:39 PM
My hubby is Mexican...and just think in the OLD DAYS they used to make tortillas with LARD! My mil makes the best homemade tortillas - I am glad she doesn't use lard anymore. I'll have to do a recipe analysis and figure out how many calories there are in one. Yummy...fresh homemade hot tortillas.

Depending on the size, they are probably around 200 calories/each.

And I don't know how long ago you define old days, but if you go to Mexico, you will find tortillas made with lard and I've seen some in the latino markets around here as well. My grandma used lard up until about 15 years ago.

JulieJ08
12-14-2009, 12:54 PM
There are some sprouted corn tortillas too. I bought some and put them in the freezer - I have tried them yet!

nelie
12-14-2009, 01:14 PM
I've seen the sprouted ones but even on sale, they are too expensive. Maybe I should make my own sprouted tortillas.

cathydoe
12-14-2009, 01:51 PM
Good point Nelie about my comment on the OLD DAYS. One of my friends mother still uses lard to make her tortillas. I guess I can't really imagine using lard. I know my grandma used lard to make her pie crust. The old days is a mind thing to me...sorry about the confusion! :)

JulieJ08
12-14-2009, 02:04 PM
I've seen the sprouted ones but even on sale, they are too expensive. Maybe I should make my own sprouted tortillas.

I don't go through them very fast, that's why they're in the freezer ;)

huracanmeri
12-21-2009, 08:26 PM
I do not like the sprouted corn tortillas. The ones from Food for Life. To me they had a very strange taste. I buy the big package of Tia Rosa corn tortillas because they warm up very nicely in a non stick pan. And they're around 50 calories each. I always have a bunch of boiled, shredded chicken and corn tortillas around so I can make a fast, healthy snack on the stove in under 10 minutes. Add some chopped onion and peppers of your choice, or tomatoes, or cumin or chile powder and there are your quick quick tacos to go. I like to cook the chicken with a tomato base called sofrito and put in onions and it makes it moist and delicious and healthy and fast!