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Tuesday, March 23, 2010

Bring on the guac!

I'm a regular at Chipotle. And like most Chipotle regulars, I had settled into my favorite combination that I ordered every time I walked up to the counter. But last week I decided to live a little dangerously and step out of my routine.

Instead of lettuce on my burrito, I got guacamole.

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While lettuce itself has health benefits, I'd rather go with the guacamole on my burrito. It's tasty and good for you, and Chipotle's guac is always fresh.

My perfect Chipotle burrito:
-black beans
-mild salsa (tomato)
-corn salsa

And I eat only half at a time, so I get two meals out for $5.75, and I don't feel terribly unhealthy or unhealthily full for doing so.

Try it the next time you go to Chipotle. If you're not ready to get it on your burrito, try it as a side with chips. You won't be disappointed.

-- Cheryl Sadler

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