“ Brand: Tesco / Type: Bread „
I like to bring my lunch with me when I go out as it saves me money and means I don't have to worry about long queues or expenses. I used to have ordinary sandwiches but I became more conscious of what I was eating and switched to wholemeal bread, and from there to wraps. Since I was young I've always been a big fan of wraps as they're the perfect alternative to the more boring sandwich. You can fill them with bigger, chunkier pieces as they all fall down instead of right out of the bread. This means I can get big chicken strips into them or sliced pepper and can try out different varieties.
I used to buy Mission Deli wraps pretty much because the price was higher so I assumed so was the quality. When I started budgeting more and wanting to keep the cost of my shopping down I invested in the Tesco brand version and bought this one in particular because like I said before, I was intending to be healthier. I expected them to be a bit tougher than the more expensive brands, or to go stale sooner but to my surprise they were just as soft and crumbly as their competitors.
The taste alone of the wraps can be a little plain so I like to vary what I put in them, anything from grilled chicken to ham cut into squares with cucumber and spring onion. The variety helps to give them flavour, but even alone I don't find them perhaps as plain as bread.
The wraps cost around £1.20. I recently compared this with my past wrap of choice Mission Deli, and these were £1 for 6, whereas these wraps include 8 and so per wrap these wraps are 15p per wrap, as opposed to 16p each. This isn't a noticeable enough amount not to purchase the bigger name brand, however I find that 8 wraps is better for the size of my family and the amount we go through.
Overall I would recommend these wraps. They are light and healthy at 180cal per wrap and are a great alternative to bread. There isnt really much that can be said for tortilla wraps, I find the taste to be yummy and a good lunch staple, whereas others may find them too plain particularly with some spreads and filling. The price is good, and the quality is also for this price. I'm not loyal to this particular brand though, that must be said, I enjoy these when I buy it but when I cannot I still opt for the old faithful, Mission Deli.
I like tortillas and so do my children, my husband isn't mega keen on them but will have them. I don't necessary buy a certain brand I do go for what is on offer, but if there is none on offer I tend to go for a lower fat/lighter one and as I do a lot of my main shops in Tesco it tends to be the Tesco light choices.
This week they were on offer for £1 but normally cost £1.35. There are 8 wraps in the packet and they come in a resealable pack. Which is quite good you just cut along the top and then when you have used what you want, there is a strip that presses together to seal the packet.
They are low in fat and a good source of fibre(but so are all tortillas).
On the packet is states that there is 170 calories in each wrap - now I don't really know how good this is compared to others as I never really check the calories on wraps; as I know I would never have 2 wraps for my lunch whereas I would have 2 slices of bread for a sandwhich which would be more calories than one wrap.
These are quite filling with (oven) chips and cheese melted, ok might be defeating the healthyness of the wrap but I don't care they taste great. When I eat them like this it tends to be the only time that I heat them up and this is only because I like to put the chips on and then melt the cheese (in the microwave) before I wrap it up.
Some people might find these a little lacking in taste but to me it depends what you put in them. As we don't eat meat most things are quite tasty as a lot of vegetarian stuff has garlic in that you don't even know about.
They are great for putting in lunchboxes and they are a healthier option (not that I think about that too much). They are quite tasty with tuna sweetcorn and mayo (I am told this by my daughter and husband as they do eat fish). But they make a good filling lunch with two sausages wrapped in one of these (quorn) which taste ok cold.
If I am really desperate and in a rush for work I just put some spread on (margerine type) or some spread cheese, roll it up and then cut it up into little pieces for snacking.
These are just something that you can stick anything on and wrap up for a snack or make it into a meal with other things. if you like a lot of taste make sure the filling is tasty or add some chilli sauce to it like my husband does.
I love wraps, I hate carbs though as they make me feel so guilty but I do allow wraps. They are the perfect addition to any salad or just piled with lots of random fillings for that midnight snack.
My boyfriend loves them done in the oven for 8 minutes with spicy chicken sliced with lots of salad and dressing. These light choices option of wraps only contain 180 calories per wrap and 1.9g of fat which is very acceptable indeed and are a part of tescos own light choices diet foods which is just a low fat low calorie diet plan.
They are suitable for freezing which is great as I seem to get them often in tesco for BOGOF and with each pack containing 8 tortillas each they are good value for money. The are approx little over a pound which works out roughly around 12/13pence each.
A bonus for dieters is that light choices products do not use any hydrogenated fat, artificial colours or flavours...fab!
I do enjoy a nice tortilla wrap, my favourite filling at the moment being steak in a rich bolognese sauce with lots and lots of crunchy veggies. They are naturally low in fat so I can indulge every lunchtime if I feel like it without ruining my diet, I usually buy the Discovery soft flour tortillas but last week Tesco were out of stock so I decided to try their Tesco Light Choices Wraps which cost £1.
I like the fact that the Light Choices range has details of the Weight Watchers points included on the back of their products, this particular item contains 3 points per wrap - which is slightly higher actually than the Discovery ones that I usually eat but admittedly these are a fair bit bigger.
They come in a very clever resealable bag which has one of those plastic seals across the top so you can push them together to close the packet so as to keep the wraps fresh for a few days. This is great as I am sick and tired of throwing away wraps which have gone hard within a day simply because it's nigh on impossible to seal the bag completely even if you resort to using sellotape!
I'm torn as to what my opinion is of these wraps. They have a very bland taste, I'd actually go as far as saying they are almost flavourless when compared to my usual wraps. I can taste the floury base of the wrap which is nice enough but once there is any kind of filling in them then I can hardly taste the wrap itself at all. This is great when I'm having a spicy or saucy filling but I do like a plain salad wrap and really this particular wrap is far too bland to make this as enjoyable as usual.
The size can be an issue too. Although they fold nicely and seem water proof enough to enclose any filling without having juices running down my chin, they are just that little bit too big for me to get on well with. The width of the wrap, and also the fact that it is a little thicker than branded versions, means that the bland tortilla can somewhat overwhelm the filling. I am adept at rolling a wrap as I have put together hundreds of the things but I cannot seem to get this one right as whichever way I roll it there always seems to be an excess of wrap which tends to clag up in your mouth as you're chewing.
These wraps are rather claggy actually (now I think of it!), I know I said earlier how bland they are - but for such a bland flavour it doesn't half linger! The wrap turns almost slimy in my mouth, especially with a wet filling, which although not unpleasant is definitely not the feeling I am after when putting together my lunch!
Personally I shall continue to buy the Discovery tortillas as they have a much more rounded flavour and are the ideal size for me, these over sized wraps are just too big for me and this combined with the bland flavour has really put me off the product. And before anyone says it, I know tortillas are supposed to be bland - this particular product just has a strange blandness all of its own!