If you have an affinity for burritos but want to make healthy choices,
you need to know what to avoid. Many fast-food burritos are dripping with
excessive calories, fat and sodium. While eating these on occasion is
fine, you don’t want to make it a habit.
What makes fast food burritos unhealthy?
It’s important to remember many fast food chains use processed ingredients,
which are higher in calories than whole grains and natural ingredients.
A single white flour tortilla, for example, has approximately 29 calories
from fat while a whole-wheat tortilla has 5. Salted rice, salsa and guacamole
add a considerable amount of sodium to your burrito, which puts you at
risk for high blood pressure. The corn, potatoes, rice, flour or other
starches you add to your burrito will convert to sugar in your body. Excessive
sugar intake can adversely affect your cholesterol and blood sugar levels,
and it can cause you to gain unwanted weight. The meat you choose can
also tip your fat scale in the wrong direction--ground beef weighs in
as the most fattening choice.
Healthier burrito options
The fillings, seasonings and toppings you select can either make a burrito
balanced and nutritious or unhealthy and fattening.
The good news is
you don’t have to skimp on the salsa or
hot sauce! Salsa is a delicious filling or topping that’s packed with vitamins
A and C, fiber, folic acid and riboflavin. These vitamins and nutrients
help maintain healthy bones, guard against cancer, and give your energy
a boost. Hot sauce can give your burrito a spicy kick and help jumpstart
your metabolism, a function that aids in weight loss.
Below are five delicious burrito options that use a variety of healthier
Egg and avocado
Combine eggs, avocado, onion, peppers and salsa for a warm, healthy start
to your day.
Ditch the tortilla and enjoy a hearty bowl full of chicken and brown rice.
Pile on vegetables like peppers, corn, tomatoes, avocado, lettuce, and
black beans for a healthy meal that tastes great too.
For a healthy meatless alternative, try building your burrito inside a
spaghetti squash. This vegetable is brimming with vitamins B, C, E, and
K to help keep your bones, tissues and nerves healthy. Combine with beans
and a mixture of vegetables and you have a healthy meal that’s small
on carbs and big on flavor.
Chipotle shrimp with avocado crema
Foodies rejoice! Here is a delectable treat for your eyes and discerning
taste buds. Wrap brown rice, shrimp and a few spices inside a whole-wheat
tortilla and top with an easy-to-make
avocado crema. Your mind and body will thank you.
Sweet potato, mushrooms and kale
This option may take a few extra minutes to prepare, but it is one of the
healthiest burritos you can make. Sweet potatoes help regulate blood sugar,
reduce inflammation and encourage digestive health. Mushrooms are an excellent
source of protein and naturally boost your immune system. Kale is a nutritious
leafy green packed with vitamins A, C and K, and is a good source of iron,
fiber and calcium. So fill up on this option for a meal that helps prevent
cancer and promotes cardiovascular health.
healthy Mexican food options and take care of your health, deliciously.
If you have a healthy burrito recipe you’d like to share, tell us
in the comments below.
This information is not intended as a substitute for professional medical
care. Always follow your healthcare professional's instructions.