04 April 2011

C for Chipotle (Featuring the Vegetarian Burrito)

This post is brought to you by the letter C.

I was going to write about comics that I am in love with, but instead I am going to write about a food that I am in love with: Chipotle's Vegetarian Burrito. It is amazing! It is delicious! It's basically the best fast food you can get for $6.10.

Honest Disclosure: I probably eat one of these burritos every two weeks.

I've been recently wondering if this is a particularly healthy thing to eat.

I don't usually think about my calorie intake much, since I only eat two meals a day and they're rarely particularly unhealthy. I eat a lot of vegetarian things too because I'm lazy and don't like to go grocery shopping if I run out of meat. (Besides, I also love Tomato and Basil Pizzaburgers and they are so easy to heat up. You'd have to slather them with mayonnaise and bacon to make them unhealthy.)

Here's my burrito:
  • 13" Tortilla
  • Rice (I can't make rice like this. I've tried many, many times.)
  • Black Beans (No fajita veggies 'cause I despise green bell peppers.)
  • Corn Salsa (I love me some corn! I am such a Midwest girl.)
  • Cheese
  • Sour Cream
  • Guacamole
  • Lettuce
I used the Chipotle Nutrition Calculator 2.0 to discover that my "usual" is 995 calories. Not bad, since I usually get two meals out of it. But I could go without the cheese and sour cream (I really just want the rice, corn salsa, and guacamole) to drop it to 775. I probably wouldn't miss the cheese or sour cream.

I used the Women's Calorie Calculator to determine how many calories I need per day. Let's say I want to lose 15 pounds, since I want to remain in my healthy weight range. I'm 6 feet tall, and I'm 23 years old. So now I know I need 2309.9 calories per day to maintain my current weight without exercise. If I reduce my current to 1809.9 calories per day, I could loose 1 pound per week without exercise.

It keeps telling me how much I can loose without exercise. Obviously it knows that expecting me to exercise is ludicrous.

My take-away message: I CAN EAT THESE BURRITOS ALL THE TIME!!! As long as I don't also eat a steak and have a ridiculous Starbucks calorie-laden drink the same day. (Or, more realistically: I don't need to feel very guilty about having one two or three times a month.)

Although if there were a Jimmy John's near me, I'd ditch Chipotle in a heartbeat for Jimmy John's #6 Vegetarian minus cucumber add onions at 579.74 calories. Because Jimmy John's #6 truly is as close as "to die for" I will go for food.

Other Links
There's a Men's Calorie Calculator as well, gentlemen.

Now You!
Is your guilty pleasure food terrible? Could you make it less bad? And do you actually feel guilty about it?