While perusing my local Trader Joe’s, I found these new jicama (pronounced hi·kuh·muh) wraps in the produce section. Jicama is a starchy root vegetable that is native to Mexico. I was curious and decided to look at the label and was quite impressed. These wraps are gluten free, contain only 3g of total carbs and 2g of fiber. Furthermore, each wrap only has 15 calories so I was sold and decided to buy them.

I decided to use them instead of my usual flour tortilla for taco Tuesday in my house. I loaded my taco stuffing into my jicama wrap and was impressed with the flavor and texture. It gave a nice crunch like an apple or a water chestnut (an aquatic, root vegetable) and folded up nicely to make the taco without completely falling apart – a win-win in my book. 

Jicama is also a good source of antioxidants, specifically vitamin C. Since it’s also high in fiber, it can promote a healthy heart and better digestion. Plus, these wraps are super versatile. You can use them in place of tortillas for tacos or even in place of your traditional wrap for sandwiches. 

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For patients looking for a low carb crunch with the added benefit of some extra fiber, I would absolutely give these Jicama Wraps a try! 

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    By: Karen Kelly, R.D.

    Registered dietitian Karen Kelly is available for nutrition counseling every Tuesday in our Springfield and Hoboken locations. She is a graduate of Ohio State University and the College of Saint Elizabeth where she received her registered dietitian degree. Karen found her true calling by helping people make better nutrition choices to improve their health. She is a member of the American Dietetic Association, the New Jersey Dietetic Association, Nutrition Entrepreneurs, Nutrition in Complementary Care as well as Sports and Cardiovascular Nutrition.

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