Many of our dieting, health-conscious buddies try to avoid visiting Chipotle, as a rule. It’s not that they’re specifically against Chipotle. It’s just that they’ve been told that if they want to eat healthy, they better avoid fast-food joints in general.
But then some of them enter a Chipotle, and then all hell breaks loose. All their diet restrictions can easily get forgotten, when faced with some of the tastiest ingredients that fast-casual Mexican cuisine has to offer.
To help make sure you don’t lose your own head when you visit Chipotle yourself, you should firmly keep the following principles in mind:
Begin with a Good Base
That means you’re either getting a salad bowl or a burrito bowl. You’ll want to forswear the burrito, since the tortilla doesn’t really add anything good to the meal.
However, if you’re firmly decided on getting taco because it’s your favorite, go with corn tortillas instead of the flour tortillas. Corn tortilla has fewer calories, and it’s also lower in carbs. Plus, you get more calcium with corn.
What about the rice? Most of the menu items offer a rice option, so you can pick between white rice and brown rice. But perhaps you should go with neither option, and skip rice altogether. That way, you’re saving at least 185 calories. If you really want rice, go with the healthier brown rice for its higher fiber and micronutrient levels.
Pile Up the Vegetables
With your order, you can then include the following ingredients:
- fajita vegetables
- fresh tomato salsa
- roasted chili-corn salsa
- romaine lettuce
- tomatillo green or red chili salsa
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