Welcome to a new series: Healthy Restaurant Orders. Here you will find what I order at Chipotle and how I get 2 meals for under $12. Long gone are the days where healthy eating and eating out didn’t mix. I’ve learned there is almost always a way to find a healthy option at restaurants.
What side of the Chipotle vs Qdoba battle are you on?
If I’m being honest, I actually like Doba better but 1) we don’t have ANY in Texas and 2) I do really like the Chipotle is about locally sourced, real ingredients whenever possible. I’ll take either 🙂
Honesty moment #2 – Chipotle’s queso is a no go. Being from Wisconsin, I’m obviously a cheese connoisseur (LOL). I get that it’s “real queso” but after trying it twice now, I’m not a fan.
I have my own Healthy, Dairy-Free Queso Recipe (here) that I make and it’s wayyyy better!
Also real quickly, please leave a comment at the bottom of this post with a restaurant/fast food option you’d like me to share a healthy restaurant order at in the near future!
-MY HEALTHY CHIPOTLE ORDER-
Below, I’m providing my step-by-step order for exactly what I get at Chipotle. It’s delicious, healthy AND there’s a fun twist at the very end (and perhaps the most important part!). I also made a little graphic you can Pin to save to your Pinterest board for quick reference whoever you’re at Chipotle next.
STEP 1: BOWL, PLEASE
We’re going to be ordering a bowl. Ask for the to-go bowl option… you’ll soon see why.
My Order: “could I please get a bowl to-go”
STEP 2: 1 SCOOP RICE + 1/2 SCOOP BEANS
The workers will automatically serve a heaping scoop of rice and a heaping scoop of beans. Because beans are incredibly carb-dense, ask for just half a scoop. Choose either brown or white rice and pinto or black beans.
My Order: “I will do 1 scoop of white rice and 1/2 scoop of black beans.”
STEP 3: LEAN PROTEIN x2
Chicken is an excellent lean protein option. Chipotle provides a nice serving of chicken, but I ask for double chicken. Again, you’ll soon see why.
My Order: “I’ll take double chicken.” “Yes, I am aware it costs more.”
STEP 4: SALSA + GREENS
This step can really vary. Personally, I”m all about pico and corn salsa. I find that the pico also keeps the meal moist. When I’m feeling spicy, I’ll opt for medium salsa too. Then, top it with a nice serving of lettuce to get in those greens!
My Order: “Could I please add corn salsa, pico de gallo and lettuce.”
STEP 5: #TEAMGUAC (ON THE SIDE!)
Ask for guacamole on the side. Guacamole is obviously all avocado which is a healthy fat source. Buttt, we have to keep the portions in check so getting it on the side helps us eat half now and half later. If you’re not into guac or if you’re a cheese lover, choose one or the other but not both.
My Order: “And guacamole on the side.”
STEP 6: MY CHIPOTLE ORDER HACK (+MOST IMPT PART)
Now, enjoy HALF of what you just ordered. The macros on the meal that I order fit perfectly into 2 meals. I love that I can enjoy a filling, tasty meal and have one for later (at a low cost too!)
If you have another restaurant or fast food option, you’d like to see me create a healthier order at, please leave that place in the comment section! XO
Anthony and I bought a new camera so we’ve been having fun taking pictures and trying to get better at it. It’s such a great skill to know but we have a lot of learning to do!