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Low-carb diets are all the rage right now, with celebs from Al Roker to Jennifer Lopez touting the diet’s effectiveness. (Lopez just gave up sugar and carbs for 10 days to prepare for a new movie role.)
But, giving up carbs is no easy task. That’s why products like jicama tortillas are so helpful for anyone trying to go keto or gluten-free. Jicama is a root vegetable that is also known as the Mexican potato, and it has many health benefits. According to Heathline, jicama is high in antioxidants and promotes healthy digestion and the production of good gut bacteria.
And, if you are counting carbs, jicama tortillas clock in at just 1-2 grams of carbohydrates (Old El Paso Soft Tacos & Fajitas Shells contain 24 grams of carbs). And if you aren’t a keto dieter but are taking the more traditional route of counting your caloric intake, jicama tortillas are still a good fit. They’re also low in calories, at just 8 calories a serving.
There are several different jicama tortilla options on the shelves. You can find fresh jicama tortillas at your local HEB grocery store, or find Xica jicama tortillas at Whole Foods (each of these brands has comparable carbs and calories).
Made with nothing other than jicama, these low-sugar, nutrient-rich wraps will make your weekly taco night a guilt-free affair. Look for them in the refrigerated section.
If your local grocery store doesn’t carry jicama tortillas, don’t worry. It is easy to make your own. Use this recipe from Wholesome Yum, and either use a mandolin to slice fresh jicama yourself or buy prepared jicama — Trader Joe’s sells jicama that is already cut and peeled, which will make it even easier for you to make your own jicama tortillas.
In less than 10 minutes and with just a few wholesome ingredients, you will have a low-carb, low-sugar way to enjoy all of your favorite taco or burrito recipes.