How Tammy Fit Cheeseburgers Into Her Weight Loss Plan

Low Calorie Cheeseburger Wrap

May 3, 2012   14 Comments

Tammy, the author of Skinny Mom’s Kitchen, is dedicated to helping busy moms eat healthier and lose weight by teaching them how to combine calorie awareness with menu planning, freezer cooking, and other make ahead cooking strategies.

She loves showing others how easy, and affordable, it is to serve their family healthy nutritious meals everyday.

She sent me this guest post and recipe and I am sure you will find her story helpful.

From Tammy:

Two years ago I made the commitment to get healthy and lose weight. It was at that time my weight peaked at 177 pounds – a 60 pound weight gain over the last 12 years!

This weight gain was the result of eating too many calories, making poor food choices, a very sedentary lifestyle and not making health a priority. Sure I am a mom, and would like to think that I am burning enough calories running after my kids but I wasn’t and that was proven every time I stepped on the scale. I felt defeated.

Then the light bulb moment happened and my attitude about food, nutrition, and dieting changed forever. In October 2010, a friend introduced me to the free online food journal My Fitness Pal. The first day I implemented this tool I recognized the extent of my nutrition and calorie ignorance. Immediately, I discovered that I was consuming around 3000 calories a day!

Just in case you don’t know, that is about 1000 calories extra a day – it is no wonder I put on 60 pounds over the last decade. Also, the foods I was consuming were not very nutritious which is why I always felt unsatisfied and hungry an hour after eating.

Everything I thought I knew about food was either skewed or completely wrong. Some may find this discouraging but to me it was liberating. Why you ask? Because it was at that point I knew I had no one else to blame but myself and the power to change was in my hands.

At that point I was ready to make changes. However, I knew those changes needed to be a slow and steady process. In the past, I would jump into the latest gimmick or fad diet only to have failed results. I finally realized that it took 12 years to pack on the pounds and the weight was not going to disappear overnight.

I knew I had to make lifestyle changes that would help my family and I embrace a healthy lifestyle that was achievable and sustainable. There were many changes I made but the one that got my family on board was learning to create healthier renditions of the foods my husband and kids love to eat. When I prepare homemade meals I control the ingredients and portions. This in itself can increase nutrition while decreasing calories.

Again, in the past, when I would begin a diet or weight loss plan I immediately created a mental list of all the “bad foods” I needed to “give up”. Right away, this would turn off my family because who wants to be deprived of all the foods they grown to enjoy and love? Nobody.

Now instead of depriving my family of the foods they love I provide them with healthier and, if I do say so myself, tastier versions. In fact, by cooking more meals at home we are able to enjoy foods that I never thought would be possible for people trying to get healthy and lose weight.

One of our favorite recipes is the Skinny Mom’s Kitchen Grilled Cheeseburger Wrap.

This wrap is delicious and will satisfy any craving you have for an unhealthy fast food hamburger. I hope this recipe shows that, with a few changes, it is possible to include many, if not all, of the foods you love into your weight loss plan.

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Skinny Kitchen's Cheeseburger Wrap Recipe

(5 servings)

Serving size: 1 wrap filled with 1/2 cup beef, 1 slice cheese, lettuce, tomato slices, ketchup, and mustard.

Ingredients: 1 pound ground beef (I used 93/7 organic grass fed beef)
1 tablespoon Worcestershire sauce
1 tablespoon ketchup
1 tablespoon grated parmesan
1 teaspoon dried onion flakes
1/8 teaspoon pepper
1/8 teaspoon salt
5 100 calorie wraps (I use Flatout Wraps)
5 slices sharp American cheese (I use Land o Lakes)
2 Roma tomatoes, sliced
1 cup of romaine lettuce
Additional ketchup (optional)
Mustard (optional)

Step 1. In a medium to large skillet coated with cooking spray cook the beef on medium till almost cooked through but still a little pink (about 7-10 minutes). Break beef up as it cooks.

Step 2. Add Worcestershire, ketchup, grated parmesan, dried onion flakes, salt, and pepper to the beef. Mix together until thoroughly combined.

Step 3: Continue cooking until beef is cooked all the way through and is no longer pink.

Turn on indoor grill to 350 or you can also use a grill plan.

Step 4. In the center of the wrap place a slice of cheese and 1/2 cup of the beef mixture. Add tomato and lettuce. Then if you are using, and I highly recommend you do, add some ketchup and mustard.

Step 5. Roll the wrap and place seam side down on grill. Once there are nice grill marks turn over. Grill for another 2-3 minutes then remove.

Repeat steps 4 and 5 for the rest of the wraps. Enjoy!

For one wrap = 329 calories, 15 g fat, 21 g carbohydrates, 32 g protein, 9 g fiber, 8 Points+

Points values are calculated by Snack Girl and are provided for information only.
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Sounds delicious! I love Flatout Wraps! Pssst.. Flatouts also make GREAT pizza crusts ;)

on May 3, 2012

Yum!! Great wrap and i love the idea behind it!! I enjoy reading Skinny Mom's Kitchen. Great post!

on May 3, 2012

I am definitely making this. Do you think they would freeze well?

on May 3, 2012

I think they would freeze well just leave the lettuce and tomatoes off and add afterwards.

on May 3, 2012

I make these all of the time with ground turkey. Don't forget the pickles!! My family says the pickles make it!!! Delicious! I am wrap crazy. I put everything into wraps, even shredded brisket.

on May 3, 2012

Thanks for calling to my attention the possibility of freezing these cheeseburger wraps - you can buy frozen burritos, so why wouldn't this freeze well? I'm looking for 'acceptable points' foods my daughter can take to work for healthy lunch/dinner as she sometimes works long hours. BTW, if you shop at Costco, their Whole Wheat Rollups are also 3 Pts+ and provide a larger surface for pizzas and a larger wrap filled with veggies for the same points as the Flatouts (though I would use the smaller, somewhat thicker Flatout for this recipe if I was freezing them). And the Foldits are only 2 Pts+, good for round things like hamburgers.

on May 3, 2012

Aren't regular hamburger buns about 100 calories? not sure about the points.

on May 3, 2012

15G of fat. Yeowie. Could be made healthier and just as tasty using turkey and some low fat cheese. Trader Joes's has some really tasty low fat cheeses and most every major brand low fat cheese now tastes as good as the high-fat-stick-to-your-arteries kind. And these would be yummy using a Tex-Mex seasoning mix. You can make your own without added salt, or Italian, etc. Just don't by the prepared kind, too much salt and why pay high prices for salt besides ingesting too much.

on May 3, 2012

Love this! We eat out at a place that makes these! Now I can make them at home and more healthfully, too.

on May 3, 2012

Thank you for the amazing tips! I am trying to become a better cook and love the idea of freezing the wraps!

on May 3, 2012

Great tips! Thanks for sharing your story. :)

on May 4, 2012

There is a healthier alternative to almost any food that is "bad" for you. It may require more time to prepare, but the health benefits are worth it.

on May 4, 2012

OMG, this was AMAZING!!! I subbed ground turkey for the beef and bbq sauce for ketchup (didn't realize I didn't have ketchup until I got back from the store). WOW. Something easy enough to make for one, healthy, and leftovers I will actually eat. Thanks for this recipe!!!

on May 19, 2012

Oh my God that looks really Yummy! I can't wait to try it.

on October 29, 2014

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