How to Eat Healthy at Chipotle: 6 Simple Tips

3. Skip high-calorie add-ons

If you’re trying to lose weight, it may be a good idea to skip the high-calorie toppings when building your meal.

Some high-calorie ingredients at Chipotle include:

  • cheese
  • sour cream
  • queso
  • guacamole
  • chips
  • carnitas
  • flour tortillas

Cheese, sour cream, and queso sauce are all high in fat and quickly pack extra calories into your meal (1).

Although guacamole is rich in heart-healthy fats and supplies an array of important vitamins and minerals, it’s likewise high in calories .

Certain types of meat and protein fillings are also higher in fat and calories than others. For example, carnitas contain 40% more calories than steak or sofritas, a tofu-based protein option (1).

Chicken is a nutritious alternative, containing nearly half the amount of fat found in carnitas and a whopping 32 grams of protein per serving (1).

SUMMARYIf you’re trying to lose weight, limit high-calorie toppings like cheese, sour cream, queso, and guacamole. Choosing healthy meat and protein toppings like sofritas and chicken can also help keep your calorie intake in check.

4. Pick more nutritious sides

Side dishes are just as important as the main course when it comes to making a healthy meal.

Certain sides are loaded with fat, sodium, and calories, all of which can add up quickly.

For example, a single order of chips and queso packs 770 calories, 41 grams of fat, and 82 grams of carbs. It also supplies 790 mg of sodium in a single serving, or about 34% of the daily limit recommended by the American Heart Association (1, 5).

Next time, skip the chips and get your guacamole or salsa to go. Then try pairing these sauces with whole-grain crackers or fresh veggies like carrots or cucumbers at home for a healthy and filling snack.

SUMMARYSome side dishes are high in fat, calories, and sodium. Get your guacamole or salsa to go and pair them with whole-grain crackers or fresh veggies for a healthy snack at home.