Their new guide makes it simpler than ever to stick to your meal plan—whatever it may be.

By Julia Malacoff
January 06, 2017

If you love Chipotle, you know that one of the best things about the Mexican-food chain is that you can get your burrito, tacos, or salad bowl pretty much any way you want. Extra guac? Two kinds of meat? Literally every single topping they offer? No problem. With so many options and the freedom to choose whatever your heart desires, it's totally possible to create a healthy, New Year's-resolution-friendly meal. But it is also WAY too easy to go overboard-especially calorie-wise. While there's so much more to eating healthy than calories, high-calorie Chipotle orders have definitely been a topic of discussion in the past. (Here, find out if Chipotle's sofritas are a healthy order.)

Luckily, it seems like Chipotle knows that it's tough to narrow down exactly what you should eat to keep your meal in line with whatever dietary needs you have, so they came up with a really awesome solution. Recently launched, the eatery's dietary options page breaks everything down by eating style. The options include but aren't limited to lower calorie, lower fat, high protein, vegan, gluten free, and even Paleo. Under each eating style, you can find the ingredients you should load up on, what to go easy on, and what to avoid completely. For example, if you're trying to stick to a low-carb diet, you can have pretty much all the protein and veggie options, but you should keep it light on beans and the salad vinaigrette. No-gos include all of their tortillas and both white and brown rice. (If you're thinking about going animal-free, check out these five steps to ease into a vegan diet.)

They even give you directions on how to make sure you get the right amount of each item. If you're trying to lower the total calories in your meal, the guide instructs you to order certain ingredients normally, and ask for "just a little" of the ones you want smaller portions of. If you're a Chipotle veteran, you know that they're usually willing to customize your food in whatever way they can with the ingredients available to them (if you ask for a quesadilla, they'll make it for you even though it's not on the menu-you're welcome). So having instructions on exactly what to ask for is super helpful. I addition to the breakdown of what you should and shouldn't eat (FYI, if you want to keep your sodium on the lower end you *may* want to skip the guac), they helpfully provide a few meal suggestions, many of which include nutritional breakdowns so you know all the details on what you're getting. Fingers crossed that other chains we love will follow suit.

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