Pick & Pass: Burrito Bowls

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Eliminating the tortilla from your burrito isn't license to build a massive bowl. Be savvy about your selection before building your next one.

Chipotle Chicken Burrito Bowl (with rice, black beans, tomato salsa, cheese, lettuce)

Calories 570
Fat 19g
Carbohydrates 53g
Protein 51g

Chipotle Carnitas Burrito Bowl (with rice, pinto beans, corn salsa, sour cream, guacamole, lettuce)

Calories 800
Fat 36g
Carbohydrates 73g
Protein 44g

Verdict: Choosing chicken instead of carnitas (i.e., pork) spares you 1.5g of fat and adds 5g of protein. Another way to healthify your meal: opt for cheese in place of sour cream and guac. This adds 4g of protein and subtracts 14.5g of fat. A bowl in place of a tortilla saves 290 calories and 9g of fat. Plenty of carbs are in the rice and beans and both are low glycemic foods, meaning they deliver sustained energy without elevating your blood sugar-unlike refined carbs (e.g. the flour tortilla).

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