"I love Chipotle's 'food with integrity' philosophy and their fresh, high-quality ingredients," says Cynthia Sass, R.D., author of S.A.S.S! Yourself Slim: Conquer Cravings, Drop Pounds and Lose Inches. Her favorite menu item? A simple salad with only lettuce, black beans, fajita veggies, tomato salsa, corn salsa, and guacamole. "This meal is delicious and will leave you feeling satisfied but also energized," she says. And the nutrition facts are impressive: 400 calories, just 2g saturated fat, 23g fiber, and 15g protein.
2. Bean Burrito
Not in the mood for a salad? Order a burrito made with only beans, fajita veggies, and romaine lettuce (the beans provide enough protein on their own) and ask them to hold the rice, meat, cheese, and sour cream, says nutritionist Amy Hendel, author of The 4 Habits of Healthy Families. A healthier alternative to traditional burritos, this option weighs in at 435 calories, 10.5g fat (3g saturated fat), 15g fiber, and 15g protein. It does, however, contain 1090mg sodium and about 72g carbohydrates so Hendel recommends watching your salt intake the rest of the day and if you can, lose some of flour burrito to reduce the calorie and carb load a bit.
(Need yet another reason to love Chipotle? You can calculate the nutrition info of your go-to order on their website. Decide what you want before you go, and you'll know exactly what you're getting when you sit down to eat.)
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