Kidney Bean Hummus and Kale Wrap

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I am on day three of keeping a log of everything I am eating and counting calories. Someone asked me today if it was possible to gain weight as a vegan, even though I think the question was rhetorical, I wanted to shed major light on this fact.

One can CONTINUE GAINING WEIGHT even after choosing a vegan lifestyle. Yes folks. I know that many choose vegan lifestyles for a cause but there are many that do it for weight loss. I have noticed that after several months of trying to substitute foods for the “forbidden” foods, like cheese, also contain as much fat.

Alicia’s explains in her book, The Kind Diet, that in order to have a healthy lifestyle, most foods are centered on an a perfect balance of fruits, vegetables, grains, and clean foods. My problem has been replacing foods with almost the same fat and calorie count and letting er rip.

 I know that this has been a process, but my desire to have self-discipline does not lie in my OWN self but in surrendering the will to have whatever I want to eat, even if it is “healthy.” Whether you believe it or not, my strength lies in God’s hand and not my own.I realize that when I rely on MY own will and strength, I fail, and I continue to choose food over health and balance. Not good.

My husband encouraged me to log in everything I was eating when I initially started back in November, but little by little I started to cheat. Someone told me if I craved cheese, that it was ok to indulge with a little bit and get the craving over. LIES. If I had a problem with cheese consumption (even paying the consequence of my lactose intolerance) before, having a little was not going to solve the problem. It was controlling how much I wanted to eat. Am I preaching to a choir here? I know someone has been in this same boat.

So I initially lost 16 pounds since I started but pretty much plateaued immediately when I started focusing on foods and my wants and desires as opposed to what was right for me and this time in my life. This is the reason for healthier posts and more veggies. I do not think I am sacrificing flavor, but finding an EVEN MORE creative way to enjoy natural foods. For example:

Lunch consisted on a wrap, filled with kale salad, kidney bean hummus, daikon radish, regular radish and tomatoes. DELICIOUS I tell you!

From An Opera Singer in the Kitchen

Kidney Bean Hummus and Kale Wrap

makes 2 wraps

2 whole wheat pita

1 can red kidney beans
1/2 cup sliced green olives
1/2 cup packed cilantro
1 garlic clove

1/2 tomato, sliced
1 cup shredded daikon
5 red radishes, sliced
2 cups kale leaves, stems removed
1 Tbsp olive oil
1 1/2 tsp umeboshi vinegar

In a food processor, blend hummus ingredients until well blended.

Chop kales leaves and massage 1 Tbsp olive oil for 3 minutes. Add vinegar.

Assemble wrap: Take one pita and add 1/2 cup hummus and fill with add-ins and kale salad. Wrap and slice in half. 500 calories per each serving.

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  • Tasha – The Clean Eating Mama

    I adore wraps! You can load so many yummy flavors into one meal!

  • Vegetable Matter

    Gorgeous wrap. And love to find another great kale recipe on your site!

  • Erica Sara

    This looks delicious & beautiful! What a great way to incorporate kale :)

  • Keri – I Eat Trees

    Mmm.. I love wraps and that one is beautiful! And yeah, the myth that all vegans are stick thin and never have to worry about exercise.. so not true! I can still eat a whole dozen vegan cupcakes and be unhealthy… not that I’ve ever considered doing that… oh wait, yes I have. 😉

  • C and C Dish

    This wrap looks super good, I definitely am going to try this…thanks for sharing!

  • Lauren

    That’s a great looking wrap. Speaking of weightloss, my husband’s boss is a 65 year old Marine veteran and a vegan–he went vegan a few years ago when he was 300 pounds and close to a triple bypass, lost all the weight and is now almost as much as he weighed in high school and is doing fabulously. It’s a really good lifestyle for him. He exercises constantly–even rides his bike to work sometimes–an hour each way. Impressive. Can only hope we all end up that healthy.

  • Ashlei

    I love kale. And wraps! That looks really good!

  • Kirsten

    Thanks for sharing the recipe – I have been looking for kale ideas!

    I am going to go & get Alicia’s book – keep reading about it! I also keep picking it up in the bookstore!

  • Stephany

    Kale and hummus are the perfect combo. Now I know what I’m having for lunch – this wrap. Thank you!

  • Fayinagirl (means Free One)

    Yummy looking lunch.

    I’m really glad you are addressing the “vegans can gain weight” issue. Honestly, I think that people forget the simple truth that calories eaten vs. calories burned is the key to maintaining, gaining, or losing weight. We have some who need to gain weight in our family, a couple who need to lose a little, and couple who just need to maintain. It’s a balancing act.

    BTW…I put a link to your last kale recipe on my blog today. We tried your Rawlicious Kale Salad with Garbanzo bean mash last night. It was fabulous!!

  • Kelly

    Very yummy wrap! I planted kale this year and can hardly wait for it to grow! I love your hummus idea–YUM! Okay, on the weight stuff, you are so strong and so talented! I think writing down what you are eating is a wonderful idea! I hope you are able to reach the goal you have in place–postitive thoughts to you! And yes–being vegan does not guarantee weight loss (trust me on this–I am living proof!).

  • Elin

    What a yummy wrap. love it so healthy and nutritious too !

  • kristinsnibbles

    That wrap looks great! You are 100% correct- just becoming vegan does not mean you are healthy, or are going to lose weight- it is a step in the right direction, but it needs to be done in the right way!


  • Brie: Le Grand Fromage

    delicious looking wrap!

  • Scott K

    I’m going to have to try this myself with my roasted red pepper hummus!