So tonight I went out for Mexican. As I was trying to find my healthiest option on the menu, I began craving a burrito. The restaurant I was at had something called a South Beach Burrito, which consisted of a “low carb” tortilla. I thought… low-carb… according to who or to what? So I decided to find out how many calories were in this burrito. After some research, I decided that I should compare burritos of different Mexican restaurants and find which one had the healthiest. Here goes:
1. Lime. It just recently opened up by my house. I usually get the South Beach burrito. After looking it up, here is what I found: the South Beach burrito is a low-carb tortilla filled with chicken, jack and cheddar cheese, pico de gallo salsa and shredded lettuce. I get it without the cheese. All seems pretty healthy. Lime didn’t have anything on their web site about the nutritional information in their food, so I estimated what the burrito would have based on the ingredients. A typical “low-carb” burrito tortilla has anywhere from 200 calories to 150 calories, about 4 ounces of their chicken may have 150-190 calories, pico de gallo has about 30 calories, lettuce has about 20 calories. All together this burrito has about 420 calories, assuming you don’t get the cheese.
2. Chipotle. Assuming you get a similar burrito at Chipotle, its about 500 calories if you skip the rice and cheese. With rice and cheese, your burrito can get up to over 700 calories. I found this information from a nutritional calculator for Chipotle.
3. Qdoba. Also, sticking with the guidelines of no cheese and no rice, the Qdoba burrito has about 500 calories. I found this from their web site, which was very easy to use.
4. Don Pablo’s. I found that their web site had all of their nutritional information on it and WOW! Their chicken burrito had over 900 calories. I guess I won’t be eating that anytime soon. This burrito looks like it came with rice and cheese on it, which probably contributed to the high calorie count.
5. Moe’s Southwest Grill. Honestly, this seems like the best option. If you get a 10 inch burrito with chicken, pico de gallo, and cheese (yes, I said cheese), the burrito can have a little over 300 calories. This information was also available on their web site on a super cool, easy to use calorie counter.
Bottom line, use your head when eating out. try to stay away from cheese and rice and of course sour cream. While they may taste great, adding those to your burrito can greatly increase the calories of your meal.