“ Brand: Weight Watchers / Type: Bread „
I don't follow weightwatchers (or any) diet, and bought these wraps purely based on price, they were on offer at the time at £1 for 6. Normal retail seems to be between £1.30-£1.50.
I take a packed lunch to work each day, usually sandwiches but enjoy a change from time to time, and I bought some cooked meat and salad to go in the wraps.
The packaging to the wraps enables you to view them, but it was difficult to get into the packet. There was no lip to start you off opening the pack, or tear-off strip, the pack was entirely sealed all round. I have read other reviews talking about these being sold in resealable packs, maybe my pack was missed by the machine? This meant I had to break into the wraps with a knife, and this made the plastic roll back underneath itself and made it hard to maintain freshness. The second days' wraps were already slightly drier than day one's.
Based on my "day one" experience, I was really impressed with these wraps. Over time I've tried various wraps - usually buying shops own brand and "Mission Deli". I've had varying levels of satisfaction from them - too thin meaning filling pops through or too thick meaning they split when being folded. However, in terms of thickness and structure I thought that these weightwatchers wraps were perfect.
They are about 20cm diameter, which is an "in-between" size compared to others that I've bought, and they made the ideal sized wraps with two for lunch. I placed the salad and meat in the middle with a dollop of mayo then folded the top and bottom over and enclosing by folding each side inwards to make enclosed pockets about 5x11x3cm.
In terms of taste, I'm not really looking for the wrap itself to taste of anything, I want to enjoy the filling but just within a different texture from bread. Again, these wraps fit the bill and importantly, the texture is just right. I find them quite thin but not so thin for the filling to break through the wrap or my fingers to break through when eating them. In short, these are pretty much the perfect tortilla wraps for me!
The only problem is the wrapping, but it's quite a significant problem. The next two days the tortillas dried out a little each day, to the point that by day 3 the wraps cracked and split when I was folding the sides in. In fact, when lunchtime came around they were difficult to eat. I would need to find some sort of airtight storage for them if I had any plans to start buying these on a regular basis.
For people following weightwatchers, a wrap constitutes 3 points, but I was interested to see that each wrap had 178kcal as opposed to a slice of my usual bread having 108kcal. That said, they are much healthier in terms of a lower fat, salt and sugar content.... and also, I don't smother these in best butter!
At the moment I am trying really hard to give up my eating disorder. I go to a clinic a couple of times a week and part of what I'm learning to do is to feed myself proper food, to eat food that doesn't make me feel ill or bad about myself, hard after 9 years of being bulimic but something that has to be done.
One of my feared foods is bread. I overeat it and consider it to be a dangerous food to me at the moment as it can lead to me feeling bad and then bingeing and being ill so I'm out with the bread at the moment and trying lighter alternatives.
One thing we are not allowed on our meal plans is diet/low fat foods though, they're banned for us. However I used to do Weightwatchers years ago, well before I ever had an eating disorder I must add and so when I saw these in Morrisons the other night at just a pound a pack opposed to alot more money for other brands I decided to get a few packs of them anyway and be done with it!
These come in a mainly green and light blue plastic bag with a zipper idea that you press to the top of it once you have initially opened the bag up to keep them fresh and safe and on the front of the bag we are clearly told that they are Weight Watchers '6 Wraps' and that they are 'Mexican Style Wraps Made With Wheat Flour' and that they contain 3 Weight Watchers points per wrap and that they are high in fibre and there is an at a glance nutritional chart shown and a picture of some filled wraps. On the back of the bag other information listed includes being told a bit about the product, the ingredients, allergy advice and nutritional information is all given, heating instructions are listed (you can eat these hot or cold and you simply need to heat them in a microwave) and contact details for the manufacturer are stated.
These are white wraps and large, round and quite thick. They are made from wheat flour and a few other bits and bobs and aren't seasoned or with herbs in or anything like that so they are plain in flavour though you do get a wheaty sort of flavour from them.
I usually eat mine cold but have bunged a few in my microwave on a couple of occasions and I just love these and think that they're just such a great and lighter alternative to bread!
Not only are they reasonably healthy but they are filling too and being reasonably plain in flavour and not fancy I can shove anything in I want to including sweet things if I wanted to. I usually have a plain salad in mine, have had egg and cress and salad too and I have heated them up and served them as part of a meal with a chilli and with a pasta bake and the likes. They don't fall apart and can really take a good amount of filling in each and are easy to roll up to make a wrap.
They have a sort of light bready aroma to them, they are freezable however I leave my bag in a kitchen cupboard and once opened I find them to stay fresh for about a week or so without going hard or off!
I love these and with only 107 calories and just 0.3g of saturated fat in each one I find them tastier than bread and just as versatile. I don't get a bloated feeling from eating one or that overfull feeling but then I never stuff the wrap too much and even my boyfriend has converted to these now and when he stays over I make him a wrap up to take to work with him so they're a big hit in my home and they are certainly here to stay!
Widely available in all good supermarkets.
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Although I have heard a lot about tortilla wraps - I had never actually tried them before now - assuming that they were quite bland. However, since starting Weight Watchers I have been more open to trying new things and when I saw that Weight Watcher's had their own Tortilla Wraps I decided to give them a go.
To look at the wraps are like pancakes crossed with very thin pizza bases. They are round in shape and quite large. Simply fill the wraps with any fillings you like; I have tried cheese, salad leaves and grated carrot and it tastes delicious. That's one thing which I love about these wraps is that you can fill them with pretty much anything really. I find them to be incredibly filling - surprisingly one is enough for me which is great.
I do find that they are a little bit too messy. Perhaps it is the ingredients that I am using (grated cheese etc), however, it is a bit annoying when it all falls out. I now try and bend the wrap at one end and hold the bottom end so that it is closed as I eat it so that the filling doesn't fall out.
There a 6 wraps per packet. Now, before my diet, I probably would have ate the whole pack (ok, perhaps a slight exaggeration there, but I probably would have had to have had at least 2 wraps). Each wrap is 3 Weight Watchers' points...now that's without the filling. So what I can't understand is why they put so many in a pack, when it says on the pack that once opened you have to eat them within 2 days. Surely, they would know that people on the Weight Watcher's diet are not going to eat the whole pack in 2 days are they?
All in all I would recommend these even if you are not on the Weight Watchers' diet as I find them really tasty.
Thanks for reading!
This review will make more sense to those who are attending the WW classes or following the plan. I have been attending for just over two months, therefore am not only writing from a product point of view, but that of a long term dieter. I am following the new ProPoints plan, therefore some information stated in the picture if different, but still, I AM reviewing the same, Weight Watchers tortialla wraps.
The packaging is a transparent, plastic bag. Nothing special, but still, keeps the wraps nice and soft until you open them. On the front, is the proudly displayed Weight Watcher logo, and the points allowance (Which, on the new ProPoints plan is 3 points per wrap, not 1.5!). The wrap does indeed look very appetizing, a nice, healthy salad and ham wrap. It is also perfectly folded, and holding the filling very well, which also made it appealing (Nobody likes a crumbling, falling to pieces wrap!).
The wraps are a very nice size, considering they're WW. I am unaware if they do wholemeal wraps, but these ones are just plain white. I kept mine for around 3 days before opening, and they were still lovely and soft. The packaging is very practical, and can be easily re-sealed once opened (We just fold over the top and cellotape it)
I wanted to take the wrap to college with me, so, the evening before, I chopped up my filling (Ham and tomato) and filled the wrap, not at all overflowing. I then came to fold the wrap, and... SNAP, CRUMBLE, BREAK. The wrap, had fallen into a million pieces, and all the filling was popping out of every possible place. Despite what I thought was a perfectly good waste of a wrap, I did try with another. Again, no such luck, my wrap had completely fallen apart.
In the end, I opted for a plain old sandwich (Sad face), much to my disappointment.
The wraps were lovely and soft, and good value for points. The packaging was lovely and I was really disappointed that they fell apart at the last hurdle. I have considered every possibility of why this could of happened but I cannot understand why. In the end, I did end up consuming the wraps, but just on their own, as an alernative to a piece of bread. I would have loved to recommend these wraps as I think it is great WW are bringing out so many bread products for those who are watching what they consume, but unfortunately, it's a thumbs down from me. At around £1.50-£2 a packet, it's not money I am willing to waste again.
(I have also found the same things happen with the pitta breads, they just split in half, again, very dissappointed.)
Friday's are my favourite day of the week. Yes, this day signifies the beginning of the weekend once my day in the office is over, and this is all well and good. But Friday's in my house are known as 'Mexican Friday', the best day of the week! I diet via the Weight Watchers way of life from Saturday to Thursday, but 'Mexican Friday' is my treat day. On this day, myself and my girlfriend cook a Mexican themed meal together, then sit down and stuff ourselves full of spicy deliciousness! This said, I do try to reduce the amount of fats and calories I take in on any given Mexican Friday by using low fat options as ingredients, so these "Weight Watchers Tortillas" are perfect for my beloved day!
These "Weight Watchers Tortillas" can be purchased at all good supermarkets. I have purchased them from Asda, Tesco and Morrisons, and I'm sure they are stocked by Sainsbury's too. Sometimes they can also be found in smaller 'corner shop' type stores, such as the Co-op. It's worth keeping your eye out!
"Weight Watchers Tortillas" come with a price tag of around £1.18 per packet. There are 6 tortillas in each pack, working out at just under 20p per tortilla. This is a pretty decent price for good quality tortillas, and may look expensive compared to the supermarkets own, but those are always much fattier and calorie laden and you get what you pay for!
The packaging for these "Weight Watchers Tortillas" is pretty similar to that of all other tortillas out there for sale. The tortillas are packaged in a thick transparent plastic sealed bag, which enables you to see the tortillas inside the packaging. The front of the tortilla packaging carries a white banner inside which is the Weight Watchers text logo, and the product name. This banner also states the Weight Watchers points value per tortilla. The front of the packet also has a photograph down the left hand side of a ready made serving suggestion, which happens to be fajitas, to tempt you into purchasing. Also on the front of the packaging is a small description of the product, the barcode and the best before date. The back of the packaging is where you'll find all the relevant useful information, including the ingredients list and full nutritional information table. The back of the packaging also has a better description of the product and the instructions for heating the tortillas.
These "Weight Watchers Tortillas" can be eaten both hot and cold, and are therefore ready to eat straight out of the pack. If you're using them to made wraps for your lunch, then simply remove from the pack and stuff away! If you want your tortillas to be warm when served, simply follow the very simple instructions on the back of the packet. The tortillas only need removing from the outer packaging, placing in the microwave and heating through on full power for around 20-30 seconds. Nothing too difficult here!
To look at the "Weight Watchers Tortillas" look just like any other tortilla. If you're not aware of what a tortilla looks like, then I'll tell you. Tortillas are round in shape and very flat. To me, I imagine this is what the moon would look like if it were shrunken down to plate size and squashed flat haha. Tortillas are very flexible and fairly strong, so they can be filled and rolled to make wraps. Yummy! Again, these look like any other tortilla out there, no difference at all on the looks front between these Weight Watchers ones and any other brand/non-brand tortillas.
Tortillas don't really have much of a smell, aside from being bread-like. These "Weight Watchers Tortillas" smell deliciously fresh, which is a great thumbs up as some tortillas can smell a little stale when the packaging it opened. When cold, the tortillas don't really have much of a noticeable scent, but when warmed they smell rather inviting in a baked bread kind of way.
The taste of these "Weight Watchers Tortillas" is lovely and bready. Some tortillas tend to taste a little stale, as though they're past their best, but these taste wonderfully fresh in comparison. The tortillas have a good firm texture to bite into cold, and a wonderfully soft yet resistant texture when warm. They are also delightfully chewy in the mouth. The general flavour of all tortillas is bland, as they are not meant to be the main attraction of the meal, and these "Weight Watchers Tortillas" fit the bill in being bready but plain and not at all overpowering.
For me, these "Weight Watchers Tortillas" are excellent. Tortillas alone are superbly versatile when it comes to making yourself lunches and teas, but they tend to be very high in saturated fat and calories due to their dense, heavy texture. Weight Watchers have done me a huge favour in creating their own low fat version of the tortilla, as it means I can eat my favourite Mexican foods without worrying about how heavy and calorie laden the tortilla wraps are. These "Weight Watchers Tortillas" are perfect for making both hot and cold wraps, and make a great alternative to a sandwich at lunchtime. Simply fill the tortillas with your favourite salads, meats and dressings and enjoy! Even if you're not following the Weight Watchers diet plan, you can still put these "Weight Watchers Tortillas" to good use to reduce your fat/calorie intake without feeling like you've cheated yourself out of taste/quality. I use mine to make fajitas, burritos and enchiladas on my Mexican Friday, but the possibilities are pretty much endless. Definitely a worthwhile purchase!
Wheat Flour (52%) , Water , Wheat Fibre , Humectant: Glycerine , Raising Agents: Disodium Diphosphate, Sodium Bicarbonate , Palm Oil , Emulsifier: Mono and Diglycerides of Fatty Acids , Sugar , Salt , Wheat Starch , Preservative: Calcium Propionate , Citric Acid , Flour Treatment Agent: L-Cysteine Hydrochloride .
Nutritional information per serving (1 tortilla):
Energy: 101 kcal
Protein: 3.0 g
Carbohydrate: 21.3 g
of which sugars: 1.4 g
Fat: 0.4 g
of which saturates: 0.3 g
Fibre: 2.8 g
Sodium: 0.13 g
Salt Equivalent: 0.3 g
Allergy Information: Contains gluten and wheat.
Dietary Information: Suitable for vegetarians
Weight Watchers point value per tortilla: 1.5 points