Are Chipotle Chicken Bowls Okay To Eat?

Roger Zarate

Contributing Writer


Are Chipotle Chicken Bowls Okay To Eat?

Let me start out by saying Chipotle is one of my favorite places to eat. I love their chicken and beef bowls and usually pile it high with sour cream, guacamole, cheese, lettuce and Tabasco.

However, since I’m preparing for an upcoming show, I usually prepare most ( if not all) of my meals at home and take them with me in a cooler. I can’t get stuck without a meal. As for eating out when dieting, because you are not personally preparing your food, you don’t know exactly what is added for that extra flavor. There might be a few “hidden” ingredients used to prepare the food; oil, butter, salt or who knows what else!

I frequent Chipotle in the off season and on cheat days. They claim they use fresh organic or natural ingredients and hopefully they do. They have added brown rice which is a much healthier and a better choice than white right. White rice is pretty much mineral deficient and has been stripped of any real nutrients. White rice that has been “enriched” is usually full of unnatural fortifications and additives. In fact, white rice is so devoid of nutrients that it doesn’t offer the minimum nutritional requirements of the FDA. For this reason, white rice must be chemically altered with vitamins and iron just so that it can be sold in our supermarkets. Brown rice contains minerals your body needs for proper digestion such as fiber, proteins, thiamine, calcium, magnesium & potassium. Also, when dieting at home brown rice should always be used over white rice.

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Even though brown rice is a much better choice than white rice, you should still watch your portion size. Usually, the majority of a chicken bowl is filled with rice. Ask for just half a portion.

Chipotle offers some great healthy choices; Cut the rice portion, pile on extra chicken or steak, skip the cheese and sour cream, load up on the lettuce, and have as much salsa or Tabasco (personal favorite) as you want. Hot salsa can be a great extra calorie burner. My only real complaint with Chipotle is the sodium content in their chicken and steak. For me, it’s very high and I prefer sea salt over regular table salt anyway. However, that is another topic!


Bodybuilding Accomplishments:

1986 – 1st -NPC Mr. Southern Cal ( Lightweight)
1989 – 1st -NPC Cal. Novice and Overall ( Lightweight)
1992 – 1st – NPC Mr. Orange County ( Lightweight)
1993 – 1st – NPC Mr. California ( Lightweight)
1994 – 2nd – NPC Mr. North American ( Lightweight)
1995 – 2nd – NPC Excalibur ( Middleweight)
1998 – 7th – NPC USA ( Middleweight)
1999 – 1st – Mr. Los Angeles ( Light Heavyweight)
2008 – 2nd – NPC Excalibur ( Masters Middleweight)







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