A little low-carb lunch inspiration….

Because I work in sales, I’m on the road all day every day. When I worked in an office, it was easy to bring in a healthy lunch. I could leave a salad in the fridge until it was time to eat, or heat up a healthy soup in the employee kitchen microwave. But since I now live in my car and a hotplate isn’t exactly a safe idea, I’m forced to eat lunch out on the road.

Some days I have a customer lunch, and I bring the food in from a restaurant of my choosing. Those days can be tough to navigate if the customer requests something carb heavy. But days when I’m on my own can be just as challenging. It’s hard to find diabetes-friendly foods on the road. I won’t eat fast food on principle (apples dipped in caramel are NOT a health food, nor is a salad covered in cheese and high-fat dressing), but it’s too expensive to go to a sit-down restaurant a few times a week.

But I have a new little secret for the lunch hour: a modified burrito bowl from Chipotle. Chipotle is a national chain of walk-up-order restaurants. The basic idea is fresh Mexican food, and they strive to use organic produce and hormone-free meat. The food is prepared throughout the day then set out for assembly – nothing stands under a heat lamp. They also let you customize your food as you scoot down their assembly aisle.

I get a burrito bowl, no rice, no beans, and ask for extra fajita veggies (bell pepper and onion) on the bottom. Then I get chicken, fresh salsa, guacamole, and lettuce on top. I add a little hot sauce and lime juice and voila: low carb awesomeness that has more kick than your average salad. You can also add cheese or sour cream which will of course add calories, but are still low carb. The bowl costs about $9. Yes, that is more expensive than a Big Mac and fries. But your blood sugar will thank you oh so much.

Yum.

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Comments

every single time i am in the states I go to Chipotle as much as possible. I LOVE that place. LOVE!!! it’s not fast food at all.

I frequent Chipotle quite often. They are known for having gluten-free meals. Since I have to deal with Celiac and Diabetes they’re a good choice for me.

I order the same thing but with beans. My wife’s a registered dietitian and constantly encourages me to eat beans for their high fiber and nutrient content.

Chris – I love beans too, but sometimes I find it harder to dose for them because the fiber in them causes a delayed high blood sugar. Have you found a good way to dose for beans?

This is so funny- I had the same exact lunch from Chipotle yesterday! It was my first time going there since my diagnosis in March, and I was so glad there was something delicious and low carb for me. I rarely eat Mexican or Southwestern food anymore because I hate asking for a million substitutions- no rice, beans, or corn/flour tortillas. That rules out a lot! This was so good that I am planning to start making it at home.

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