It's Friday! And you know what that means? Time for another installment of "Eating to Live on the Outside." Over the past two weeks we've examined what Eat to Livers might order at Fridays and IHOP, this week Chipotle, the fast food chain (owned by McDonalds's) that bills itself as healthy draws the shortest straw.
Let's see what Chipotle's menu has to offer:
The first thing you'll notice: no appetizers, and no desserts. A solid start if you're trying to keep the calories, oils, dairy, refined sugars, and flours to a minimum. Makes it seem like this isn't just a place where you can scratch out a healthy meal or two, but your health concerns might even seem welcome.
There are five main menu items: burritos, fajitas, burrito bols, tacos, and salads. Here's where you start thinking about where the calories come from. Any of those with grilled meat, cheese, and sour cream at the center of the party are not going to have the nutrition density that you're after. Tacos and fajitas with fried meat are the lure to avoid. But hark! Choose carefully, and here we have fast food with the magic of greens and beans!
A vegetarian burrito or (fajita burrito) with guacamole and salsa could hit the spot. If you're anti-tortilla (that's refined wheat, after all) they'll stick all that stuff in a bowl for you, and they'll give you everything just the same, except for the "w." They call it a "bol."
Burrito bol with cilantro-lime rice, vegetarian black beans, and guacamole or fajita-style with sautéed vegetables, black beans, and guacamole. I could eat that, or a salad. The vegetarian salad comes with sautéed peppers, onions, vegetarian black beans, and guacamole. You can get fresh tomatoes as an extra. They even say they're happy to customize any dish as you wish, so I imagine you could get more fresh veggies piled on top. Think they have actual avocado back in that kitchen? That would be especially good.
As always we want to hear about how you handle eating away from home. Any tips? Check out the Chipolte menu and Email us at firstname.lastname@example.org or leave a comment. How do you Eat to Live on the outside?