Tuesday, May 27, 2014

Chipotle Chow Down



It sure has been a crazy Memorial Day weekend and I hope that you all got to enjoy it with your friends and family. (:

Today I will be talking about Chipotle and how to make smart decisions when choosing between all of the delicious foods there.


Okay, so pretty much any of my friends know that I have a slight obsession with this place. It is seriously just so good. It also has very high quality standards for how they obtain their products which is appreciative.

Find more information about how Chipotle raises their animals, gets their produce, and more here:
 http://www.chipotle.com/en-us/fwi/fwi.aspx

When you walk into Chipotle you will come up to something that looks a little like a salad bar. The worker will begin to ask you what type of meal you would like to build.

Your Choices Include:

  • Burrito
  • Burrito Bowl
  • Tacos
  • Salad
Plain and simple right?! A girl can dream.

You have to be a wee bit more specific with these people because there are so many options (which isn't always a bad thing). 

Meats
Beans
Rice
Toppings
Chicken
Steak
Sofritas 
Barbacoa
Carnitas
Vegetarian- Fajita Veggies
Black Beans
Pinto Beans
White Rice
Brown Rice
Fresh Tomato Salsa
Roasted-Chili Corn Salsa
Tomatillo Green Chili Salsa
Sour Cream
Cheese
Guacamole
Romaine Lettuce


First, let's talk protein:
  • You can get major protein from any of the meats (except vegetarian option) and the beans. 
  • Sofritas is a type of tofu served
  • Barbacoa is a type of shredded beef
  • Carnitas is a type of pork


Calories
Fat
Carbs
Protein
Chicken
180
7
0
32
Steak
190
6.5
2
30
Sofritas
145
10
9
8
Barbacoas
165
7
2
24
Carnitas
220
13
0.5
26
Black Beans
120
1
22
7
Pinto Beans
115
1
21
6
Fajita Veggies
20
0.5
4
1

***veggies are listed because it can be substituted for meat

Looking at this list it is hard to pick clear cut winners for the healthiest choices. All of the meats are high protein and not too high in fat or calories. Beans are a great way to add more protein to your dish as well.

Next up is rice,

The question is--- white or brown?!

Personally, I choose brown because it has more fiber, however white rice has a little less calories and fat. Both rices are pretty similar in nutritional values and according to www.eatright.org all types of rice are good sources of carbohydrates, protein, and have little fat or sodium.

As far as toppings go, I am just going to go ahead and say that salsas are fair game. The corn salsa has 1.5 g of fat and 80 calories. The rest of them have less than 25 calories and 1 g of fat.

I will also go ahead and say romaine lettuce is fair game ;)
(shocker?!)

Here are the rest:

Calories
Fat
Carbs
Protein
Cheese
115
9.5
1
2
Sour Cream
100
7.5
1
6
Guacamole
200
19
7
2

So here is the confusing part. Cheese and sour cream are both dairy sources which is necessary to have--however, they are high in fat and calories.
With this, I am just going to give my personal opinion:

make your own guacamole!
http://www.chipotle.com/en-us/menu/fresh_cooking/fresh_cooking.aspx 
- I have to have sour cream because the food is so spicy I need to load up my burrito bowl with sour cream and lettuce to make it how I like it.
-Honestly, I don't really taste cheese that much when I add it, so if I have to eliminate something--it's usually the cheese.
-Holy Guacamole! Guac is high in calories and fat, but that fat is a really good fat--so if your diet allows you to have some that day--go for it!


Bonus Tips:

  • All of the ingredients that Chipotle has to offer makes it easy to load up on calories FAST. Make sure to watch how many things you are adding.
  • I like to stick to the burrito bowl because the tortilla from the burrito adds another 300 calories.
  • If you want a salad-- go with the burrito bowl and add extra lettuce. The dressing that is given to you is 270 calories and 25 grams of fat. 
  • Portions are HUGE---do not hesitate to take some to go!!!


Thanks for Reading!

Find more information at:

http://www.chipotle.com/en-us/menu/nutrition_calculator/nutrition_calculator.aspx