I’ve been counting macros for about 2 months now. So far, I’ve found it to be a very useful way to reach my weight goals, stabilize my cravings, and fuel my workouts.
A brief intro to tracking macros
Macros, in a nutshell, involves tracking the protein, fats, and carbs in each meal. Everyone’s macros breakdowns will be different depending on your personal goals.
If you don’t know your suggested breakdown, you can calculate it for free online. Me personally, I aim for 40% carbs, 30% fats, and 30% protein at each meal.
What does this have to do with a veggie wrap?
This post took me by surprise. I fully intended to share this chickpea wrap with you and go on and on about how it was macros-balanced, healthy, and low-cal.
I thought with the chickpeas and shredded cheddar cheese as my protein sources, this would hit my targets and be another tasty recipe I could file into my macros toolbox. Done done and done.
Except, it wasn’t balanced – it was way off, actually. It was very heavy on carbs and only contained half of my suggested percentage of protein.
See for yourself the breakdown below. What now?
This was the first time I’d macros-tracked a purely vegetarian meal and I wasn’t sure what to do. So I began researching. How could I keep this wrap vegetarian, achieve 30% protein, and not overload on the carbs? It was challenging.
How I balanced this meal
- I swapped out the regular sundried tomato wrap for a high-protein wrap. By switching to a Mission Plant-Powered Protein wrap, I cut the calories from 150 down to 70 and gave myself a few more grams of protein
- I added a generous serving of pre-cooked tofu – about 4.5oz
- I swapped out the cheddar cheese for Swiss, since Swiss naturally has a higher protein content
- Last, I added a Premier Protein shake. After slicing and dicing the numbers multiple times, the only way I could reach the protein goal was to supplement with a shake on the side
Keep in mind this isn’t a low-calorie lunch – it clocks in at about 760 calories. But it’s a much more balanced meal than my original one.
BTW, here’s how to make it! You’ll need:
- A high-protein wrap (such as Mission High-Protein Plant Wraps)
- Veggies sauteed in a bit of olive oil & garlic (I used cherry tomatoes, zucchini, onions, and carrots)
- About 3 tablespoons of shredded Swiss cheese
- A handful of chickpeas, air-fried for a few minutes to crisp them up
- 2 tablespoons garlic hummus
- 4.5oz of pre-cooked tofu
- Fresh fruit on the side (I choose strawberries & blueberries)
- Premier Protein Shake
It can be challenging to hit your macros targets when making vegetarian meals, but through careful planning and occasional supplementation, it can be done! I know the next time I make a meatless entree, I’ll pay more attention to doubling-up (or, in this case, tripling-up) on my protein sources.
What are your thoughts on vegetarian macros targets? Let me know below!
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