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We tried all 6 of Chipotle's bowls designed just for dieters, and while the options were tasty, we found one major flaw

We tried all 6 of Chipotle's bowls designed just for dieters, and while the options were tasty, we found one major flaw

chipotle lifestyle bowls taste test

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Chipotle's Lifestyle Bowls feature existing ingredients from the restaurant, but they make the ordering process easier for health-conscious customers.

  • In March, Chipotle announced it was adding two new burrito bowls for vegan and vegetarian customers.
  • The vegan and vegetarian bowls are the newest additions to the restaurant's diet-friendly line of Lifestyle Bowls, which were launched in early 2019 to cater to customers abiding by popular diets.
  • The Lifestyle Bowls line consists of six burrito or salad bowls. According to the company, the bowls and their default ingredients are:
    • Double Protein Bowl: White rice, black beans, chicken (full portion), steak (full portion), red salsa, romaine lettuce, and sour cream
    • Vegan: Sofritas, brown rice, black beans, tomato salsa, roasted chili-corn salsa, and romaine lettuce
    • Vegetarian: Fajita veggies, brown rice, pinto beans, guacamole, tomato salsa, roasted chili-corn salsa, and sour cream
    • Paleo Salad Bowl: Romaine lettuce, barbacoa, fajita veggies, green salsa, and guacamole
    • Whole30 Salad Bowl: Romaine lettuce, carnitas, fajita veggies, tomato salsa, and guacamole
    • Keto Salad Bowl: Romaine lettuce, carnitas, red salsa, cheese, and guacamole
  • The purpose of the chain's new line of bowls is to take the guesswork out of ordering meals that fit within their diets.
  • There's nothing new in any of the dishes, since the bowls consist of existing ingredients, but we taste-tested all six of Chipotle's Lifestyle Bowls to see what each one offers, how they compare, and whether they live up to their mission.
  • Each Lifestyle Bowl cost around $12 or $13, except for the vegan and vegetarian options, which were under $9.
  • While each bowl holds merit for offering customers entrees aligned with their respective diets, we found the Keto Bowl stood out for its perfect combination of carnitas, cheese, and guacamole.
  • We also found one caveat when it comes to ordering these bowls.
  • Here's how they all compare.
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