Ordering Paleo-friendly at Chipotle

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Many people assume that you can’t be paleo-friendly AND enjoy a nice meal out at the same time. That’s not true. Not only are there more paleo-friendly restaurants popping up everywhere, it is also possible to make paleo-friendly decisions when you’re making your meal selection at restaurants as well!

YES, YOU CAN HAVE YOUR CHIPOTLE BOWL AND EAT IT TOO! When going to “design-your-own-burrito-bowl” places such as Chipotle, you simply omit a few menu items to keep your selection paleo-friendly. The four main items you want to avoid are the tortillas, cilantro-lime rice, beans, and the roasted chili-corn salsa (WAAHHHH, I KNOW THE CORN IS MY FAVORITE TOO!). Sour cream and cheese are okay options to include depending on what your paleo-standpoint is when it comes to dairy products.

My paleo-friendly bowl:

  • Steak
  • MILD fresh tomato salsa
  • Guacamole
  • Sour cream
  • Lettuce

Joseph’s paelo-friendly bowl:

  • Double chicken (or double whatever meat he wants at the time)
  • Fajita vegetables
  • MILD fresh tomato salsa
  • HOT Tomatilo-red chili salsa
  • Guacamole
  • Cheese
  • Lettuce

Yes, I am a little sad when I have to skip over the corn, and there are days when I give in (remember, I’m more 40-60 paleo? Heh.). But I think it’s nice that we don’t have to limit ourselves to my cooking at home! And yes, technically, Chipotle probably uses canola oil to cook its food, so that makes it non-paleo (whomp whomp). However, in the grand scheme of things the main ingredients that you select for your burrito bowl make more of an impact than the canola oil. And hey, it’s better than nothing right?

His-and-hers paleo-friendly Chipotle burrito bowls!
His-and-hers paleo-friendly Chipotle burrito bowls!

Keep striving to eat clean, my friends.

Until the next meal,

Joseph and Jennifer

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