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Danny’s Fast Food Survival Guide: Chipotle Mexican Grill

Screen Shot 2014-06-26 at 4.45.50 PMThe trick to eating at Chipotle is to DITCH THE TORTILLAS! The Flour Burrito Tortilla is 290 calories! That is C-R-A-Z-Y! Corn Taco tortillas are 180 calories while a Flour Taco tortilla is a whopping 270 calories! So right off the bat, I’m going to tell you to GO FOR THE BOWL!

When choosing Bowl contents, select 4 Oz. of Chicken, Beef, Barbacoa or Carnitas. Lowest in Sodium and fat is Steak and Chicken which contain 190 Calories each for 4 ounces.
When choosing items for your Burrito Bowl, the lowest calorie options are Fajita Veggies (2.5 oz = 20 calories), Tomato Salsa (3.5 oz = 20 calories), Lettuce (1 oz = 5 calories), Red Tomatillo Salsa (2 fl oz = 40 calories), and Green Tomatillo Salsa (2 fl oz = 15 calories). You really can’t go wrong with these items! I stack up the fajita veggies rather than add Sour Cream (2 oz = 120 calories) or cheese (1 oz = 100 calories). You get more bang for your buck! Watch the sodium in the tomato salsa, though – there is much less sodium in Green Tomatillo Salsa (230 mg per 2 fl oz). Black Beans or Pinto Beans add sodium, but are a good nutritional source of fiber and protein. If you go with rice, choose Brown Rice for less sodium. It will add 160 calories per 4 oz of rice. I skip it and get more veggies!

Danny’s favorite dish from Chipotle:
Burrito bowl with chicken, Black Beans, Double Fajita Veggies, Double Romaine Lettuce, and Green Tomatillo Salsa.
The nutritional information for the above meal is as follows: 375 calories, 8.5 g Fat, 2 g Saturated Fat, 1190 mg Sodium, 37 g Carbohydrates, 15 g Dietary Fiber, and 42 g Protein. A little high in sodium, but if you did cut the Green Tomatillo Salsa, you’d cut 230 mg of sodium and get it below 1000. Seems you can’t get many low sodium dishes in fast food these days.
You can calculate any Chipotle meal on their website.
You could substitute any meat for the chicken and get a variety with near the same results. I actually think it’s relatively healthy, except for the sodium content!

dannyTo learn more from Danny, or to purchase his books, please visit his website at thedannycahill.com. 

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