Eating to Live on the Outside: Baja Fresh

You're an Eat to Liver, you love your veggies, greens, beans, and quite frankly, just saying the word cruciferous... CRUCIFEROUS! But you're out with friends and next thing you know you're at local eatery having serious doubts about how Fuhrman-friendly it is. Nervous yet?

Fear not! This blogger is more than willing to be your crash test dummy. I've read Eat to Live, I blog about it all the time, and follow many of Dr. Fuhrman's recommendations. So here's what I'd order if I found myself gazing longingly at Baja Fresh's menu. Yup, that's right, this week we'll examine Wendy's sister restaurant (pun intended) Baja Fresh Mexican Gill.

You're in luck. Baja Fresh shows a lot of promise, very similar to Chipotle.

The first thing I noticed about the online menu is the inclusion of nutrition facts next to each menu item; just like P.F. Chang's. This is a great start. I don't know about you, but I like to know what's in my food. I've never been to a Baja Fresh, so does anyone know if the menu in the restaurants also has nutrition facts?

Hmm what to order? The majority of the dishes include some sort of tortilla and unless you go for a soup or salad, this is a concession you're going to have to make. I like the Grilled Veggie Burrito a lot, there's tons of good stuff in it: grilled peppers, Pico de Gallo, chilies, onions, black or pinto beans, and lettuce. I bet there's plenty of nutrients in all that. It also comes with sour cream and a couple cheeses, I'd ditch those.

Another good option might be a Grilled Mahi Mahi Taco. It's got some really mouth watering ingredients: sliced avocado, cabbage, Pico de Gallo, Mahi Mahi, and a zesty avocado dressing. Some people might be inclined to skip the avocado dressing, but I have a bit of an avocado fetish, so I'm keeping it. Now I know what you're thinking: "Mahi Mahi. Fish! No-no! Mercury!" Don't worry, according to OceansAlive.org Mahi Mahi is among the Eco Best for low mercury contamination. Nice!

Now if you're not in the mood for tacos or burritos, try getting a little creative. Baja Fresh has got a bunch of interesting side-dishes, and if you piece them together you've got a pretty good meal. Here's an idea, order a side salad, some guacamole, and some rice and beans. It might seem a little bland, but you're getting a nice array of veggies, loaded with nutrients.

Remember if you've got an interesting Eat to Live on the Outside story we'd love to hear from you. Hey, we might even make a post out of it. Check out the Baja Fresh menu and email us at diseaseproof@gmail.com with your ideas and stories or just leave a comment. Let us know how you Eat to Live on the outside?

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Mason Cooper - June 19, 2006 10:51 AM

One thing I get everytime that I didn't see you mention is the tostada. Don't let the fried flour tortilla shell scare you away, you don't have to eat it. This is actually a huge salad loaded with either pinto or black beans, romaine lettuce, pico, and gaucamole - perfect for eat to live. If you get it without meat, cheese, sour cream, and don't eat the shell it comes in, I believe it's 100% Dr. F approved without any concessions. For dressing I use their green salsa.

anet - June 19, 2006 11:16 AM

Geez, WHERE are these restaurants. the food looks DELICIOUS but every zip I tried in the "store locator" portion of the website, came up w/ no restaurant locations.

Kellie - March 16, 2007 7:40 PM

Baja Fresh is very committed to the "Eat to Live" type folks. Their food supposedly has no preservatives. Everything is made fresh daily -- even the chips and salsa. And you can get stuff made to order. My husband and I don't eat poultry, pork, or beef, and we can ALWAYS find something at Baja that's tasty and satisfying.

bajalover - August 23, 2007 9:13 AM

I love Baja Fresh - one of the few "fast-food" places I will take my toddler to. I get the Bare Burrito, a nice mix of veggies and rice and beans
in a plastic bowl - meat is optional, and there are no tortillas at all. If I get it without the spicy green sauce, its great finger food for the little guy.

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