Pinwheels are popular. It’s no surprise, since they’re so good! Last year, Sam and I started a diet that we stuck with through an 8-state road trip. Yeah, we love to travel. Below is the late, great JR Ewing (Larry Hagman) at Southford Ranch from the show Dallas. Ok, so it’s a cardboard cutout, but I was still excited. Even though we’re avid travelers, we don’t like to spend lots of money on food!
Before the trip, we spent an entire day making snacks and separating them into baggies with the calorie amount. We kept a cooler iced down in the backseat filled with goodies and only ate out each day for dinner. By far our favorite road trip snack was these healthy pepperoni and ham pinwheels.
I hate to say that I am no longer on the diet, and I need to start again. Sam has been faithful, though, and has lost over 50 pounds! He also rides his bicycle 15-25 miles about 5 times a week. I’m proud of him.
Anyway, back to the pinwheels. Each wrap makes 8-9 pinwheels, which have about 200 calories total. There are certain brands that make these low-calorie, and I’m not sure if you can find them in every area.
We use the Ole Extreme Wellness Spinach Wraps, which only have 50 calories per wrap! I’ve never seen another brand come close to that! We also use Laughing Cow cheese wedges. Other than that, we just use 98% fat free ham and turkey pepperoni – I don’t think the brand matters on that. We season with some red pepper flakes. It’s so easy!
The pepperoni and red pepper flakes give a kick to these pinwheels that I haven’t seen in other recipes. Use the red pepper flakes to taste, and omit them if you don’t like a little heat.
Sam prefers his pinwheels without the turkey pepperoni, so if you’re like him, the calories will be just a tad lower for you.
Let me know how you like these! What pinwheel recipes do you like? Any that are healthy versions?