Getting ready for bikini season can be a challenge, and with many alluring fast food places, it can be hard to resist temptation. Since we can’t always cook our own meals, what are we to do when we’re out on the road and absolutely NEED to have a bite to eat? Or come beach season, what food can we grab off the highway if we forget our picnic basket? Surprisingly, a healthier fast food may be right under our noses and already gaining massive amounts of popularity. What, you may be wondering, could she be talking about? Well, here’s the secret: Chipotle Mexican Grill. Yes, you read correctly. Chipotle could be changing the way we approach eating on-the-go, and definitely for the better.
Chipotle is unique because it prides itself on the integrity of its ingredients, and although it’s still easy to over do it on calories there, you may find that this may be the route to go when truly in a bind. The meat Chipotle uses has been naturally raised and fed vegetarian diets. Additionally, Chipotle prides itself on never using hormone-treated animals. The chain tries to use organic and family-owned farms when possible, and some franchises even order local meat from farms in the area! This is especially good news in light of the scary “pink slime” situation happening in many fast food places.
Environmentally, Chipotle tries to reduce its footprint by using 100% recycled napkins and having recycling bins in all locations with separate places for bottles and trash. Another plus for those of us who are gluten-free: everything at Chipotle is sans gluten besides the flour tortilla, so just order a bowl or a salad with your favorite ingredients instead and you’re good to go!
Of course here at Around the Plate we won’t encourage you to go out and eat Chipotle every day, but for the occasions where you need or want to eat out on the quick, Chipotle can serve as a healthier alternative with more wholesome ingredients than your average fast food place.
Visit Chipotle’s Website to find information about their fresh ingredients, their history, and a list of allergens in all of their food.
Would you consider eating at a Chipotle? If you already do, what is your favorite thing about the experience?
An Intern Behind the Plate,