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LightLife Reviews, Part I: Smart Tortilla Wrap

As I mentioned in my last post, I recently received a box full of Lightlife products in the mail for testing/reviewing purposes. Yesterday I wanted a fast lunch, so I chose this tortilla wrap. This product comes in three varieties: Mexican Style, Breakfast Scramble, and Ranchero, which is the one I received. There is also a Smart Pretzel Dog that shares the same type of packaging.

Of the three wraps, the Ranchero is the one I'd be most likely to pick up for myself. The description on the package reads: "Chick'n-style veggie strips, brown rice, and vegetables in a spicy cilantro sauce." The package also informs me that the tortilla wrap is over 50% organic, which isn't something I usually worry about, but it's nice to know anyway.

Nutritionally, this thing has 300 calories, 6g fat (1g sat fat), 370mg sodium, 48g carbs, 7g fiber, 6g sugar, and 15g protein. It also has 50% of the RDA of vitamin C, 10% calcium, and 30% iron. It clocks in at 6 WW points.

And now to the real question - how does it taste? Pretty good, I'd say. I'm a fan of Lightlife's chick'n strips, so of course I enjoyed that part, and the cilantro sauce is nice - not as strong as I expected, either. There's a good bit of tomato flavor as well, and some pleasant smokiness. I didn't really notice the brown rice, but everything inside is sort of congealed together (as these things tend to be), so it likely just blended with the sauce and thickened it up a bit.

It seemed small when I first looked at it, but I ate it with some baby carrots and it filled me up pretty well. I still think that there's an awful lot of tortilla compared to the amount of filling, though.

My only real complaint is that the baking time given on the wrapper was way off for me. I wrapped it in foil and put it in the toaster oven at 350, just like the package says to, and 25 minutes later (20-25 minutes was the given span) it was still cold inside. I stuck it in the microwave (sans foil, of course) for 2 minutes and then put it back in the toaster oven for 5 minutes to crisp up the tortilla a bit, and then it was fine. I'm not sure what went wrong with the initial baking, but it was rather annoying.

Overall, I'd give it a 7/10. It was good and it filled me up, but the heating instructions didn't work out for me and I thought they could have been a bit more generous with the filling.

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Lightlife is owned by ConAgra. Ew.

A lot of companies that make vegan products are owned by less-than-savory corporations. Unfortunately I'm not in a position to buy only from small companies that are completely vegan-friendly, just like I'm not in the position to buy only organic or local food. If me reviewing Lightlife products offends you then, well, I'm sorry. But no one's forcing you to read my posts.

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Ah the controversy with the giant non-vegan companies owning veggie brands... personally I'm one of those who is fine with these products due in part to the fact that supporting them encourages those huge businesses to market more of these types of items.. but anyways I'm doubting this is the place to discuss this sort of thing so I shall stop rambling about it now :)

The tortilla wrap looks pretty yummy, probably something I'd get if it wasn't too high in price. but yeah.. I agree with the too much tortilla part. I mean even if it was a healthy sprouted tortilla or something, as far as my own preferences go I'd definitely prefer a larger filling to tortilla ratio than it seems is offered from the picture.. but I do like how the wrap is at least partly organic.

I'm sorry I don't take the time to comment enough vegancore, this blog is definitely up there with my very favorites! love love love the beautiful pictures you post. keep up the amazing work & photography skills!

Your feelings on the issue are similar to mine. I want to encourage any company that markets vegan products, no matter who they're owned by.

Thanks for commenting! :)

I eat litelife products all the time, if I avoided anything that wasn't "pure" I think I'd starve (because I'm WAY too lazy to make things from scratch!)

Anyway, the burrito looks really good, I'm always looking for new quick lunches/dinners.

I'm anxious to see what other goodies you have to review!

How cool that you get to test products! We have some Lightlife products available to us in Canada and seem to be getting more all the time. Of course, I do make trips to the US to stock up as well. These sound like they might be good for times when I don't feel like cooking. 7 out of 10 isn't too bad. Can't wait to see what's up next!

I agree - looks like a lot of tortilla. Thanks for the review!

Happy 2007 :D

hey there. it's been awhile since i've been posting/reading, but it's nice to read your posts again. i wish someone would drop a box of vegan products to test off at my house :). and btw--you x-mas baking looks lovely.

Watch out, the pretzel dog is not vegan. My sister, who's vegetarian, bought it at Whole Foods about a month ago, and I read the ingredients and it contains egg whites.

Thanks for the heads up!

This tortillas are so helpful my mother always buy it when we have parties because everything is easier and you don't have to complicated yourself.

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