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Keeping it Paleo at: Chipotle Mexican Grill

Fun Fact: In the upper left corner of this photo you can see the STUPID BEE that would not stop harassing me while trying to enjoy a nostalgic afternoon on Marshall Street in Syracuse dining al fresco halfway home from Canada. Campus is just so weird without the students. Thanks to my newfound aerial nemesis, I got up and moved to a different spot TWICE in an attempt to evade him while trying to enjoy my ugly yet delicious meal. This little bugger followed me TWICE. Not cool, Bee… not cool.

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Anyhow, leaving town has always been my nutritional downfall in the 2 years since giving paleo a try. The cold hard truth is that there just aren’t that many half-decent places where you can go in a pinch and get a meal containing all ingredients you can both pronounce AND spell. Sometimes you just can’t handle another burger, no bun, no cheese, no condiments, extra onions with sweet potato fries or a naked house salad on the side.

Enter Chipotle. If you’ve read this blog for more than a few minutes, you may already know how much I love southwestern food. It’s actually surprising that I don’t go to Chipotle more often. Thing is, they didn’t really come to CT until just a couple years ago, and the closest locations I can think of require a 20+ minute drive. I digress.

The menu is pretty straight forward. You’ve got your tacos, burritos, bowls and salads. Add meat, add veggies, voila. This is going to be a pretty close reflection of how to get through Moe’s Southwest Grill unscathed. As you know, grains and dairy are off-limits, so here’s a quick and easy yet FILLING recommendation on how to cure your fit of HANGER at Chipotle.

  • Opt for the salad (the bowl still has the rice)
  • Pick your protein – this time I went with Carnitas
  • Skip the rice, beans & cheese
  • Go hog wild on the vegetables – I love to add extra grilled peppers & onions. I also spy Pico de Gallo, Salsa, jalapeΓ±o and of course, guacamole.
  • Kindly decline any chips & salsa and get on with grabbing your knife and fork!

Nom nom nom. It’s 9:00a on a Sunday and now I want Chipotle. I think guacamole may have mystical powers over me.

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