3 Noom-Approved Chipotle Meals To Keep You On Track

After trying Noom for a month and getting familiar with their food categorization system of green, yellow, and red foods, I can tell you exactly what to order from Chipotle while following Noom’s program.

Even though Noom is fairly flexible by giving you a calorie range to hit vs a fixed target, it’s still important to be intentional with your Chiptole order so that you don’t blow your calorie budget.

  • Read my complete review of Noom: Noom Review (My Unbiased Opinion As A Nutrition Coach).

Can You Eat At Chipotle On Noom?

Yes, you can eat Chipotle while following Noom because Noom’s philosophy is that nothing is off-limits. 

Noom simply encourages you to eat high quantities of lower-calorie, nutrient-dense foods than higher-calorie low-nutrient foods. 

With that said, Chipotle is one of the healthier fast food options because it’s extremely customizable and has lots of nutrient-dense options to choose from, which I’ll outline below.

  • Read my complete Noom Fast Food Guide where I provide meal options at 6 different fast food restaurants.

How To Eat A Noom-Friendly Chipotle Meal?

How to eat a Noom-friendly Chipotle meal

Here are some tips for eating Chiptole while following Noom: 

Tip #1: Choose A Lean Protein Source

Choosing a leaner protein source (a protein that doesn’t have a lot of fat content) will help you stay within your calorie range and consume more green and yellow foods rather than red foods.

Chipotle’s leanest protein source is its chicken, which comes in two different flavors: regular or chicken al pastor (sweet & spicy).

If you’re choosing a higher-fat protein source (i.e. steak) then it’s best to avoid other high-fat ingredients like cheese, guac, or queso.

Tip #2: Opt For A Higher Fiber Carb

Carbs that have a higher fiber content are a better option while on Noom because they keep you full for longer which can help you stay within your calorie range by managing hunger. 

Higher fiber carbs also help promote better digestion.

You can increase your fiber intake at chipotle by:

  • Choosing brown rice over white rice
  • Going for corn tortillas over flour tortillas
  • Adding beans to your salad rather than white rice

Tip #3: Add Lots Of Veggies

Adding veggies to your order boosts the number of nutrients in your meal and can help fill you up more quickly on fewer calories. This is why veggies are classified as green foods in Noom.

The veggie options at Chipotle are:

  • Fajita Veggies
  • Lettuce
  • Salad mix (romaine, kale, and baby spinach)
  • Fresh Tomato Salsa

Tip #4: Stick To One Fat Source

Last but definitely not least, is to pick one fat source rather than multiple fat sources because fat has the highest number of calories per gram (9 cal/gram). 

As such, they add more calories than protein and carb sources (4 cal/gram) and don’t fill you up as much.

The best way to keep your calories in check and to avoid overconsuming red foods is to have one main fat source.

The fat sources to choose from at Chipotle are:

  • Cheese
  • Queso
  • Guacamole
  • Higher fat proteins (barbacoa, carnitas, steak)

That said, if you’re having a lower-carb meal (like a salad) then you can pick two fat sources without blowing your calorie budget.

3 Noom Chipotle Meals

Before diving into the top 3 Noom-approved Chipotle meals, I wanted to let you know that I put together a 1-week Noom meal plan with a shopping list and easy-to-follow recipes. You can find everything here: 1 Week Noom Meal Plan.

Here’s what to order at Chipotle:

1. High Protein Lifestyle Bowl

Chipotle High Protein Lifestyle Bowl

The high-protein lifestyle bowl is the perfect post-workout meal because it has a higher protein content to help repair your muscles and it has high-quality carbohydrates to replenish your energy stores. It will also be an excellent meal to hold you over for longer periods of time.

How To Order It

Brown Rice, Black Beans, Double Chicken, Red Chili Salsa, Cheese, Fajita Veggies, and Shredded Romaine Lettuce

How This Performs In Noom

756 calories, 64% green foods, 18% yellow foods, 18% red foods

*based on approximate ingredient measurements

  • Green Foods: chicken, salsa, fajita veggies, lettuce, brown rice
  • Yellow Foods: black beans
  • Red Foods: cheese

2. Steak Salad

Chipotle Steak Salad

The steak salad is a lower-calorie meal that’s loaded with vitamins and minerals, and is a great option for helping you stay within your calorie range when you don’t have much wiggle room. 

How To Order It

Salad (comes with fresh super greens lettuce blend made of Romaine, Baby Kale, and Baby Spinach), Steak, Black Beans, Guacamole, Fajita Veggies, Green Chili Salsa

How This Performs In Noom

430 calories, 31% green foods, 37% yellow foods, and 32% red foods

  • Green Foods: greens, fajita veggies, salsa 
  • Yellow Foods: black beans, guacamole
  • Red Foods: steak

3. Three Chicken Tacos

Chipotle 3 Chicken Tacos

Chipotle’s chicken tacos are my go-to option when I want something flavorful that still provides a higher percentage of green foods and won’t blow my calorie budget. They can also serve as an excellent pre-workout meal if eaten 2-3 hours before working out.

How To Order It

Corn Tortilla, Chicken, Fajita Veggies, Cheese, Fresh Tomato Salsa, Sour Cream

How This Performs In Noom

483 calories, 51% green foods, 0% yellow foods, 49% red foods

  • Green Foods: corn tortillas, chicken, fajita veggies, salsa 
  • Yellow Foods: n/a
  • Red Foods: cheese, sour cream

Meals To Avoid At Chipotle

The meals to avoid at Chipotle are meals that have more red foods than green or yellow foods because these meals will be higher in calories and more likely to be lower in nutrients. 

Including these meals while on Noom will make it harder to stick to your calorie range if you’re not careful.

Other meals to avoid are meals that are low in protein because it can be challenging to get enough protein while on Noom since it doesn’t track your protein intake. 

Chipotle allows you to create your own meals using their bases (tacos, burritos, bowls, salad, or quesadillas) so there aren’t specific meals to avoid, simply combinations that aren’t ideal while on Noom.

The meal combinations to avoid are:

  • Barbaco, Steak, or Carnitas Quesadillas. They’re high in fat because of the fat in the protein source itself and the cheese, especially if they’re served with sour cream or guacamole.
  • Burritos with guac and cheese (regular or queso). They’re high in carbs because they are typically served in a pita with rice and beans. Additionally, it’s easy to have more than one fat source which makes them even higher in calories.
  • Tacos (3) with guacamole and cheese (regular or queso). The combination of fats along with the carbs from the tortillas makes this a higher-calorie meal that won’t keep you full for long.
  • Any food item (bowl, taco, salad, burrito, quesadilla) without a protein source (sofritas, barbacoa, steak, chicken, carnitas). If you’re missing a protein source in your meal you’re going to be hungry again shortly after eating and you will likely under-consume protein for the entire day.

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About The Author

Amanda Parker

Amanda Parker is an author, nutrition coach, and Certified Naturopath.  She works with bodybuilders, Olympic weightlifters, and powerlifters to increase performance through nutrition and lifestyle coaching.

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