January 02, 2019 at 04:00AM
Trying to decide where to eat with your friends can turn into one long, endless back-and-forth—especially this time of year when everyone is newly committed to their healthy eating plan of choice. One person may be doing Whole30, while someone else won’t even touch carbs. And then there’s the person who can’t eat dairy. One chain that will always have your back? Chipotle. (Bless UP.)
Starting today, Chipotle has a brand new menu of Lifestyle Bowls, which includes Whole30- , ketogenic- , and Paleo-approved options. The chain partnered with Whole30 founder Melissa Hartwig to craft the menu, and yes, they all have guac.
Here’s a complete run-down of what’s inside: The Whole30 salad bowl has a base of romaine lettuce with carnitas (braised pork), fajita veggies, tomato salsa, and guacamole. The keto salad bowl has the same ingredients, except with cheese instead of the fajita veggies. And the Paleo salad bowl has romaine lettuce, barbacoa (beef), fajita veggies, green salsa, and guac.
As you can tell by the ingredients run-down, each option goes heavy on the veggies and includes a good serving of protein—which is key for avoiding the hanger pains a couple hours later. The blueprint is good to keep in mind no matter where you’re eating—and what meal plan you’re following.
There’s also a Double Protein bowl, which the brand says includes rice, black beans, a full serving of both chicken and steak, red salsa, romaine lettuce, and sour cream.
And it’s already pretty easy to eat healthy at Chipotle TBH. (Pro tip from a nutritionist: build your own burrito bowl and ask your server to pile on the veggies, with protein making up 25 percent, and one scoop of rice and beans.) But if you’re more of a point-and-order type person, the new menu options make it that much easier.
If you’re not in the mood for Mexican, here’s how to eat healthy at Panera Bread. And here’s the verdict on how healthy your sushi habit is.