Chipotle is one of those rare  places (in Oklahoma anyways) that is focused on health conscious choices. They call it Food With Integrity.  I call it being responsible.

Here is the busy one that is right up the street from my day job. This place is packed during the lunch hour and for good reason.

They have good, clean food. And people know it.

This is definitely more of a fast-er service type restaurant without being classified as fast food. They are notorious for having a line all the way to the front door during the lunch rush, but don’t let this deter you from eating there. The line moves fairly fast and the five to ten minute wait is well worth it. Besides, you would have spent more time in a drive through or at a sit down menu, so relax about there being a line of any kind. It’s worth it.

 

One thing I like about this restaurant is the simplicity of their menu.

They have four different ways to have your food presented.

Five different meat/no meat options.

Four different salsas.

Plus a hand full of extras.

With so many (or in this case few) choices and combinations to make, it can be hard to choose which one you should go with.

Here is what I get almost every time. Hey, it’s good. I can’t help it. I know what I like.

I get the Vegetarian Salad with extra lettuce on top.

Even thought it may look like just lettuce, there really are other things hiding beneith that top layer of lettuce…

 

See! I told you!

And you were scarred that I was going to tell you the only thing that is appropriate to eat was the lettuce. I hate to disappoint you, but I add the following to my Veggie Salad:

Black Beans (Not Pinto, they are cooked in bacon) (Not raw, but I like them)
Grilled Fajita Veggies (Not raw either, but still good)
Pico de Gallo
Corn Salsa
Guacamole
Extra Lettuce

The salad dressing they offer with the salad isn’t the worst thing out there, unless you are trying to cut back on your sodium (which you should anyways because it’s bad for your heart) because there are 1,525 mg of sodium in a 2 ounce serving. Yuck! On the plus side, it’s still vegan and the ingredients are simple. However, you don’t need it. It adds a tang to the salad that you may think is tasty, but actually the guacamole serves as a great dressing and moistens everything up perfectly without taking away from the natural flavors this salad is full of. Try it without the salad dressing on it and give me some feedback down below. I don’t think you will be disappointed at all.

 

I also thought the saying on the to-go bag was nice and a bit inspiring. Okay, maybe inspiring is the wrong word. It made me smile at least, because yes, I have very big dreams.

Dream big my friends. And eat good food while you do it.

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Written by Natalie Collins
Natalie Marie Collins is a certified Raw Food Nutritionist and Brilliant Business Coach. She is passionate about how easy it is to change your body, lose weight and glow with fresh whole foods.