Wednesday, July 14, 2010

Trim Down Tip

What to Eat at...Chipotle

I love burritos.  My husband got me into them when we started dating and since then I have been on the quest for a healthy but delicious option at a fast-food burrito joint. There are a million of them out there...but my favorite is Chipotle.  The main reason is their mission "Food with Integrity". Read about it and you'll see why I think they rock!

Regardless...healthy, low-calorie options are still hard to find.  You can be fooled!  Chipotle makes it somewhat easy for you--you choose the wrap and fillings--it's make your own burrito, taco etc.  The nutritional information is available online and itemizes each food.  My tips:

1. The burrito bowl is the best way to go if you are looking to have meat and a few extras. A burrito tortilla has 290 calories. A taco tortilla has 90 (they are 1/4 the size).

2. Stay far away from the chips -- no matter what! One 4 oz. bag has 570 calories and 27 grams of fat.

3. If you are going to have a burrito--and by all means please do--lighten up on what you add to it.  Choose either meat or beans, ask for light on the rice and load up on the veggies.

4. Choose guacamole over cheese--every time.  The calories are a bit higher (50 extra) because avocados have more fat...but it's unsaturated healthy fat.  Plus, Chipotle makes their guacamole fresh and it's awesome.

5. Salsa adds flavor without a lot of calories. Load up on it and enjoy!

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