Monday, March 16, 2009

Baja Fresh: salad or soup?

Baja Fresh...even the name sounds good and healthy. This company, which many people think is a "healthier" version of Chipotle, likes to toot its own horn about the freshness of its food. Great, but does fresh mean healthy? How does the nutritional breakdown of "fresh" ingredients compare to Chipotle or any other fast food chain? These two selections are from the Soup/Salad section of the menu, which is described on their website as "the lighter side of the menu." Option 1: Tortilla Soup, which is topped with avocado (high in fats, but the healthy kind), tortilla strips, cheese, and chicken. Option 2: Chipotle Glazed Charbroiled Chicken Salad, with fruitful additions like grilled pineapple, avocado, cheese, and veggies. Which "light" menu item is as low-calorie as it claims?

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