Chipotle has the potential to be the healthiest, Mexican-style fast food choice around—if you do it right. Chipotle bowls and burritos vary a lot, thanks to the Subway-like customizable setup, but what follows are the major culprits.
One flour tortilla itself holds 290 calories and 44 grams of carbs, so a bowl is going to serve you a lot better right out of the gate. Chicken and steak are about equal across the board at 190 calories, but choosing carnitas or barbacoa is going to add some fat and sodium and take away 10 grams of protein. White and brown rice servings are also very similar, though white has 10 more calories at 170, and 50 more milligrams of sodium at 200 than brown rice’s 160 calories and 150 milligrams of sodium. Not major. Beans add 120 calories. The fat really comes in when you add cheese, sour cream, and guacamole (and really, who doesn’t?). Sour cream has 120 calories and 10 grams of fat, cheese has 100 calories and 9 grams of fat, guacamole adds 150 calories and 13 grams of fat.
Bottom line: Get a burrito bowl with chicken or steak, tons of veggies and salsa, and go light on the guac, sour cream, and cheese. That’ll leave you with a bowl that has about 500 calories, 12 grams of fat, and 60 grams of carbs. Not bad for a fast-food meal.
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