Go Vegetarian One Day a Week

The eighth Healthy Habits challenge: Go meatless one day a week for all three meals.

Best Vegetarian Restaurant Menus

Going meatless can be a delicious change of pace when you dine out on tasty vegetarian offerings at these chain restaurants. Text: Maureen Callahan, MS, RD and Karen Ansel, MS, RD

Chipotle Mexican Grill
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Chipotle Mexican Grill

Black Bean Burrito Bowl (brown rice, black beans, cheese, guacamole and green tomatillo salsa)

The fast casual Mexican chain, Chipotle Mexican Grill puts the emphasis on fresh and tasty but be aware of additional salt in the food. Once you start picking and choosing your vegetarian combo, sodium numbers start to skyrocket. Fresh salsas are the biggest offenders with upwards of 400 to 500 milligrams in just a few spoonfuls (ounces). One exception is the tart green tomatillo salsa which cuts sodium down to a respectable 230 milligrams. Choose it if you can. Not fond of rice? Swap it out for the fajita vegetables and calories drop to 435 and sodium goes up to 1020 milligrams. Also, watch out for the pinto beans that are cooked in bacon and choose the black beans instead.

Stats: 545 calories, 8g saturated fat, 1000mg sodium, 21g protein

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