Healthiest Foods At Chipotle And The Worst

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Chipotle nutrition: what are the healthiest sources of calories?

On today’s episode of Live Lean TV, I’m sharing the healthiest foods at Chipotle and the worst.

Note: the video from this post was filmed back in 2012, however I’ve attempted to update the information based on updates Chipotle has made to their menu.

So far on our journey to find you the healthiest options, when you need to eat on the go, we’ve covered the following fast food restaurants:

Now we’re off to Chipotle

In this fast food edition of Food Wars, I’m am sharing the healthiest and worst menu items at Chipotle.

First thing I look at when I analyze a fast food restaurant’s website is how transparent and easy to read the nutrition section is.

Chipotle nutrition facts and ingredient information

So let me first give Chipotle a shout out for having an excellent website to showcase the nutrition of their food.

Chipotle’s website is easy to follow and is filled with information showing the ingredients, and the calories and macronutrients of each food.

Good job.

Then we look at the ingredients that make up the food, and then finally the calorie, sodium, and macronutrient make up (fat, carbs, and protein).

How did you think Chipotle did?

Lets start with the best.

Healthiest foods at Chipotle

Here’s what I want you to focus on ordering at Chipotle.

Healthiest Foods At Chipotle And The Worst

Chicken salad with fajita vegetables, tomatillo green-chili salsa, and guacamole

I want you to get the chicken salad, with romaine lettuce, fajita vegetables, tomatillo green-chili salsa, and guacamole.

The guacamole at Chipotle is really good since it’s made with all fresh ingredients, and it’s a great source of healthy fat.

Drink: water

When it comes to the drinks, stay away from the soda and fruit juices and stick with water.

2019 nutrition facts: chicken salad with fajita vegetables, tomatillo green-chili salsa, and guacamole

  • Calories: 450
  • Protein: 35g (31% of calories)
  • Carbohydrates: 18g (16% of calories)
    • Fiber: 8g
    • Sugar: 5g
  • Fat: 29g (58% of calories)
  • Sodium: 1080mg

Even though 58% of the calories from fat may seem high, remember it’s primarily the healthy fats from the avocados in the guacamole, which is a great source of the monounsaturated fat.

This is a decent meal at 450 calories, with the majority of those calories coming from healthy fat and protein, so it should fill you up.

If you’re going lower calorie: stay away from the Chipotle honey vinaigrette

When most people think of a vinaigrette, they probably think it is a healthy low calorie salad dressing.

2019 nutrition facts: Chipotle honey vinaigrette

  • Calories: 220
  • Protein: 0g (3% of calories)
  • Carbohydrates: 18g (33% of calories)
    • Sugar: 12g
  • Fat: 16g (65% of calories)

If you’re looking for a lower calorie chipotle meal, you don’t even need a salad dressing when you add the guacamole and salsa.

Worst foods at Chipotle

Now lets get to the bad guys.

Here’s the worst foods at Chipotle that I want you to avoid.

Healthiest Foods At Chipotle And The Worst

Carnitas burrito with the following ingredients:

  • flour tortilla
  • carnitas (pork)
  • cilantro lime white rice
  • black beans
  • fajita vegetables
  • roasted chili-corn salsa
  • sour cream
  • monterey jack cheese
  • guacamole
  • queso
  • romaine lettuce

Side of chips and guacamole:

Healthiest Foods At Chipotle And The Worst

Drink: pineapple orange banana juice

Healthiest Foods At Chipotle And The Worst

2019 nutrition facts:

  • Calories: 2,595
  • Protein: 74g (11% of calories)
  • Carbohydrates: 298g (46% of calories)
    • Fiber: 35.5g
    • Sugar: 80g
  • Fat: 122g (42% of calories)
  • Sodium: 3,700mg

Those 2,595 calories are close to 5-6 times as many calories as the chicken salad that I just shared.

So there you have it.

This was a pretty easy one

Stay away from the flour tortilla burritos and stick with the chicken salad with romaine lettuce, fajita vegetables, tomatillo green-chili salsa, and the guacamole.

Healthiest Foods At Chipotle And The Worst

That’s another healthy fast food alternative.

Thumbs up once again to the Chipotle website as they do share quite a bit of nutrition information.

Check the full list of all of the other fast food restaurants that I’ve analyzed here.

To date I have showed you the healthiest foods at:


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