Chipotle Mexican Grill (Metrotown) – Healthy or Not?
I’m a bit torn with Chipotle Mexican Grill… one the one hand, I love how you can pick and choose all of the fresh ingredients to make a tasty meal. On the other hand, I don’t delude myself into thinking that it’s always healthy to eat at Chipotle.
I’m sure a lot of people would say that, compared to eating at McDonald’s, Chipotle has got to be better, right? Well, if you’re just looking at the nutrition calculators on their websites, Chipotle is actually not that healthy at all… mainly due to the portion size.
For $8.95, you can get a very filling burrito bowl. We picked one each of the carnitas pulled pork and chicken varieties. The price includes everything except for the guacamole (which is $2 extra) and you can select from either white or brown rice, and from either pinto or black beans. We added corn, peppers, onions, sour cream, and shredded cheese to top off our bowl and then added some salsa to kick it up a notch. To round out our meal, we also added the chips and salsa.
The good news is that the burrito bowls are super tasty, fresh, and you get exactly what you want. The bad news is my meal came out to 1625 calories, 85 grams of fat, and 2800 mg of sodium. Compare that to a Big Mac and Fries at McDonalds (870 calories, 45 grams of fat, 1230 mg of sodium) and it’s like having 2 big macs and 2 fries!
If you’re going to eat at Chipotle, yes, the food is super tasty and they have some good fresh ingredients… but the serving size is probably the killer. We found the burrito bowls to be very filling so we asked for some take-out lids so we could take the rest home for dinner.
2200 – 4700 Kingsway