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If you are reading this I am sure you have tried all kinds of diets. I have definitely read about all of them too, if not tried them. And I am sure all of them work.
When you are trying to eat healthy and are too busy to cook, a trip to Chipotle, Qdoba, and other local Mexican restaurants is the best choice. And no, I do not own any stock in Chipotle. I love their food as well as their commitment to natural meats and sustainable agricultural practices.
What is the next best thing you can do instead of driving to pick up your burrito bowl every day? Well, you can make it at home. I think the homemade one tastes even better than the Chipotle only because a burrito bowl is like a puzzle that you can assemble together however you want.
Just do a one-time shopping trip this weekend and pick up the following items:
Jalapeño (If you love peppers, oh let me correct that ….you should love peppers!)
Large bunch of cilantro
A box of Firm-Ripe tomatoes of choice
Get a few 15-ounce can black beans
A bag of red onion
Cucumbers (yes, I love veggies, so I just add whatever in my burrito bowl)
Red, Yellow, Green Bell Peppers
Some Olive Oil (Or Avocado Oil)
Salt, Pepper, Cumin powder, Chili powder or Paprika, Ginger Powder, Garlic Powder.
Optional: low-fat shredded mozzarella of choice, a bag of finely chopped lettuce, sour cream or Greek yogurt.
If you want to add Chipotle-style meat, get chicken breast, steak, shrimp or any kind of fish. Trust me any of your choice of meat will work.
** Skip the Rice and Corn if you are trying to lose a significant amount of weight. **
A lot of selection of vegetables, I listed on the shopping list is also available in most grocery stores all cleaned, washed, and precut. I mean, If you have never chopped onion before in your life – getting a pre-packaged one is totally worth it.
Most of the meat – Chicken Breast and Steak for burrito is probably also available prepackaged and ready to cut, heat and eat.
A trick with can of black beans though is to open the can, wash and drain the bean in a strainer. Well, Add Can Opener and Strainer to the shopping list, if you don’t have either 🙂
Once you have all of these ingredients really week night dinner or even lunches are a matter of throwing everything together as you please.
Stir fry the bell peppers and onions in advance and refrigerate. It literally takes a few minutes on a hot pan to do so.
In a bowl toss the beans, bell peppers, tomatoes, onions, cilantro, lettuce, finely chopped jalapeno pepper, cumin powder, salt, and the juice of half a lime. Place Chicken/Steak/Fish/Shrimp on top. Add 1 teaspoon of sour cream, some cheese, avocados and chopped cucumbers.
Really mix and match as you please so you never get bored of it.
Well, you could even eat this for a breakfast. Top with 2 eggs.
Need to eat on the go? Get a Whole grain or High Protein Tortilla and wrap any or all of the ingredients and take it with you.
Want to make weight loss a little more effective? Here is something to try -While all diets work, Personally I love Intermittent Fasting because I can do a 16:8 IF pretty easily. Have an early dinner, get busy in the morning, and late breakfast, and that would easily put you on the 16:8 IF effortlessly. I am naturally not too hungry at the breakfast time; I might be some kind of a night watcher because if I do not brush and floss after dinner I know I would eat a midnight snack easily.
Not really sure who said it, but it might be worth the while to spend time learning to make the salsa instead of infinite scrolling the internet.
Make Salsa. Not war!
Jerry Seinfeld Experiment: Don’t break the chain. Post #2.