I have developed a near constant craving for Mexican food – specifically black beans. The upshot of this was spending a merry half hour this weekend googling recipes for said beans which I fully intend to try when I a) remember to buy the beans b) have a spare six hours in which to soak them knowing that I’ve also got a spare two hours the next day to tend to them while they cook. In the meantime however I am spending waaay too much time going to Chipotle when I’m in London.
My standard order in a Chipotle is a chicken burrito with everything – however, mindful of the fact that I’m supposed to be losing the 3lb I gained in the US (for which burritos are partly to blame) I’m attempting to cut my calories/carbs by only eating half the wrap causing me to scoop out the middle. mash it all up and eat it with a fork (it’s not an attractive meal). However, I was pondering, what would happen if I did the sensible thing and just ordered the Burrito Bowl – which is the ingredients without the tortilla – and behold, I came across the ‘Chipotle Nutrition Calculator’ – a handy little device that allows you to add or subtract ingredients in your meal and work out the calories accordingly.
I was slightly horrified to discover that my ‘give me everything’ burrito was 1235 calories – I’d estimated about 800-900, but my ‘tortilla sacrificing trick’ did cut that by about 150 calories (big whoop!). So, what happens if you alter it in other ways – here’s the answers….
If you skip the tortilla completely – you lose 290 calories
If you say no to the sour cream – you lose 120 calories
Dump the extra guacamole – save money (as it costs extra) and lose 150 calories
Remove the cheese – to be honest, it’s not melted so it doesn’t add anything – lose 100 calories
Dump the beans – save 120 calories
Reduce your carbs by cutting the rice and you’ll save 160-170 calories
Choose sofritas (tofu) over meat – save 25-45 calories
Or choose the Barbacoa over the other meats to save 20
Cut out the corn salsa – lose 80 calories
Of course you don’t want to do all of these things, because then you’ll just end up with a plate of lettuce, and salsa – but picking the two or three items you’ll miss least could save hundreds of calories. For me this would be the tortilla wrap, the cheese, corn – and maybe the rice. Non negotiable is the meat, the beans, the salsa, the sour cream and the guacamole. Total calories consumed – 580 – Total saved 530-630. So, what would you cut out?