Chipotle? Good or bad?

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Linzynicole

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Posted: 04 Aug 2011, 17:27
I'm curious as to what other people thing about Chipotle and if they would consider it fast food or not. I know it's all about choices when it comes to eating out but I don't know if I should feel guilty about eating it. What are your opinions?
kellyelly

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Posted: 04 Aug 2011, 17:30
It's good in that it's natural and organic, but some menu items can be extremely high in calories (due to the beans, rice, and tortillas). Their portion sizes are also HUGE, so it's easy to overdo it! They're really good as compared to other fast food chains, but make sure to go easy on the starches and watch your portion sizes.
mdep1229

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Posted: 04 Aug 2011, 17:41
I eat at Chipotle form time to time when I am on the road. To avoid carb overload, go for the bowl instead of burrito and either hold the rice or ask them to go easy with it. Also skip the sour cream and get the guacamole.

They try to get organic, locally grown veggies when possible and their cheese and sour cream do not contain rBGH. In that sense it is a better choice than most other fast food places.

wretched85

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Posted: 04 Aug 2011, 17:47
It is never good to feel guilty when it comes to eating! But to answer your question, I view Chipotle the same as I do Taco Bell. While you can make healthier choices no matter where you eat, I don't like the types of foods these places offer (meaning where it comes from or how its prepared). If you get a burrito here its going to contain a LOT of calories, fat, and carbs. But you can make it healthier by opting for no sour cream, cheese, or tortilla. Just put the veggies and meat in a bowl or plate. Much healthier this way!!!
fawkesmom

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Posted: 04 Aug 2011, 18:44
I agree with the not feeling guilty part. I eat there and plan ahead and budget my calories. There is a Chipotle nutrition calculator that I use http://www.chipotlefan.com/index.php?id=nutrition_calculator
It lets you add every ingredient individually.

I go for a vegetarian black bean burrito and have them leave out the rice or I just do a salad.
Hope this helps
fawkesmom

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Posted: 04 Aug 2011, 18:50
Here's a similar nutrition calculator for subway http://www.nutritionix.com/subway/nutrition-calculator

I rarely ever eat fast food but the only places I will do it at are Chipotle and Subway
coachcj8

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Posted: 04 Aug 2011, 19:55
their burrito's are so many calories!!!! I don't consider it fast food but I don't believe it's healthy. You can make "healthier" choices there but always better to prepare at home.
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Ninjapanda

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Posted: 04 Aug 2011, 20:10
i just really hate chipotle because none of their food makes you go WOW! or ...really anything. Its kinda blandish (my opinion) I hate eating somewhere where you know you could make something better. But i'm kinda a snob that way.
lisakp71

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Posted: 04 Aug 2011, 20:42
I think it's in the middle - the ingredients are good quality, but flour tortilla the size of a hubcap plus a crapton of white rice = splurge!

I do like it, but even the way I'd make it (very very little sour cream, no guac, no cheese, corn salsa plus chicken or barbacoa) is something like 800-900 calories for a full burrito. Eating half and saving the rest for the next day makes it semi-reasonable.

I will tell you this: I like their cilantro-lime rice, and flour tortillas are carb heaaaaven. If I go (which is hardly ever, but still), I'm DOING it. It's going to be kind of ridiculous no matter what; splurging on something that makes you only semi-happy is not my thing. If I'm splurging at that level, it better make my eyes roll up into my head with the carby deliciousness of it all.

I've got that guilt thing under control, can you tell? Smile
jstroud9

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Posted: 04 Aug 2011, 20:43
If you split your burrito with someone it wouldn't be so bad. Or you can get their tacos which should be somewhat healthier; especially if you don't add sour cream or cheese.
princess_33_...

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Posted: 04 Aug 2011, 21:02
Where you eat is no where near as important as what you order when you get there. I have been stopping through mcdonalds drive thru 2 or three times a week. But i order good healthy food, so I don't feel guilty...and the kids cans still have their nuggets.
mdep1229

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Posted: 04 Aug 2011, 21:52
There is good healthy food at McDonalds? Shock
lenakh

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Posted: 04 Aug 2011, 22:41
I love Chipotle! Recently when I ate there I'd only order fajita (no rice, green pepper and onions instead) bowl with no sour cream or cheese, but with plenty of black beans, chicken, fresh salsa and lettuce. My only concern is that it has tons of sodium. Otherwise - pure heaven Smile
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Hermiones...

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Posted: 04 Aug 2011, 23:40
Lenakh -- you took the words right out of my mouth. I order the salad bowl, no rice, no dressing -- check out the calorie count and you'll find the dressing adds something like 200 calories. Just put some guacamole on top and mix it all up, and it's pretty tasty. But the sodium is a huge issue. Even their tortillas are super high sodium. I emailed Chipotle about this, and they weren't even vaguely concerned, and that attitude really annoyed me. I don't think they have the right to all that fresh and healthy positioning when they're loading up the food with unnecessary sodium. As an aside, I also wrote asking why they don't offer fish as an alternative to beef and pork. I was told that the Chipotle stores are not equipped with freezers, so it would be difficult to keep sufficient fish on hand. Anyway, the conclusion I've come to is this: When I have a craving for Mexican food, I have a craving for Mexican food -- cheesy gooey things like chile rellenos...savory mole enchiladas. Chipotle uses up a lot of calories without actually satisfying that craving, so I just wait until it's time for a splurge meal and visit a local Mexican dive that makes really good chile rellenos and incredibly fresh delicious tortilas.
rdromanus

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Posted: 05 Aug 2011, 11:14
I love chipotle because I'm very plain with food, I hate combining textures and there, I can just skip all the beans and rice and high calories filling and I can get 3 crispy tacos with chicken and lettuce only, and it's under 400 cals and very filling and I love the simple spices they use. And it's not full of chemicals and hormones and weird things I can't pronounce, so for a quick lunch on my break at work, ti's better than mac d's or anything else! It may sound bland to some people, but then again, its about personal preference, I just love plain food! lol
trihard

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Posted: 05 Aug 2011, 11:38
I get the chicken salad bowl minus the cheese, sour cream, dressing and add 1/2 a scoop of guacamole for the good fat. Yummy yummy in my tummy=)
rickof17

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Posted: 05 Aug 2011, 12:46
Bad..... Even without cheese, sour cream and dressing Chipotle salads can get into the 600+ calorie range. Be careful with the rice and corn and you should be good.
"Being Fat is hard, Losing Weight is Hard. Choose your Hard."
Macc0021

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Posted: 05 Aug 2011, 13:17
I think it's great, but I am on a low carb diet sooo your mileage may vary!! Smile

I usually save it for a "treat" once every couple of weeks. I get the burrito BOWL with no rice, no beans, chicken, fajita veggies, medium salsa, sour cream, lettuce, cheese, and guac. NUMMMM!!
jhordy

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Posted: 12 Aug 2011, 14:14
Are you kidding? Chipotle is the bomb! I always order the chicken burrito bowl with a little bit of everything and make two meals out of it. Gives me lots of energy for cycling but don't ride behind me. Seriously, it's all about making healthier food choices and portion control for me.
vegasgirl59

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Posted: 14 Aug 2011, 21:00
I love chipotle and I always order the kids single taco meal when I go so feel that keeps the calories down Very Happy



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