Treat yourself to Mexican today for less than 500 calories. Bring on the tacos!
By Willow Jarosh, R.D., And Stephanie Clarke, R.D., SELF
Chipotle is known for their local produce, GMO-free menu, ethically-sourced protein--and crazy-delicious Mexican fare. And while their "build your own" concept can make it easy to end up with a burrito that clocks in at over 1,000-calories (or worse!), you can use it to your nutritional advantage. Try one of these SELF-approved custom creations that'll satisfy you for under 500 calories.
Three Steak Soft Tacos With Corn tortillas, Fajita Vegetables, and Fresh Tomato Salsa
You can have three (!!!) because the corn tortillas are smaller than the burrito-sized wraps available at Chipotle. Bonus? They have more fiber. Plus, adding fajita veggies and fresh salsa ensures that you get as much produce as you would from a salad.
440 calories, 7g fat, 730mg sodium, 56g carbs, 8g fiber, 35g protein
Burrito Bowl With Sofritas, Black Beans, Fajita Vegetables, Roasted Chili-Corn Salsa, and a Half-Order of Guacamole
Sofritas --braised, spiced tofu -- makes this vegetarian option satisfying, even for carnivores. Skip the rice; beans provide all the high-fiber carbs you need. Save the other half of your guac to have as an afternoon snack with some baby carrots.
480 calories, 24g fat, 1473mg sodium, 55g carbs, 22.5g fiber, 20g protein
Salad With Chicken, Romaine Lettuce, Pinto Beans, and Cheese
You get protein, carbs, veggies and tons of Mexican flavor -and because you're not having a tortilla or rice, you've got enough calories left in your budget for queso. And who doesn't love themselves some queso, right?!
405 calories, 15.5g fat, 800mg sodium, 24g carbs, 11.5g fiber, 45g protein
Oh, and if you're looking for something different, check out Chipotle's nutrition calculator to experiment with a combination all your own.
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