Freebirds World Burrito is new to our town, so I decided to check them out and see what healthier options they might have. And thanks to the magic of the internet — and online nutritional information — I was able to do just that.
One of the great things about this place is that you have total control about what goes into your food, as it’s made fresh in front of you, as you follow it down the line. The employees are extremely friendly, and there’s no right or wrong way to order there. That said, if you’re watching your calories and your sodium, you should be aware of a few things.
First and foremost, stay away from the burritos, as even the smallest one (the Hybird) uses tortillas that have over 200 calories and 600 mg. of sodium. So unless you want to split the small one, and go easy on the ingredients, it’s really not a good choice. And don’t even think about the Super Monster burrito as that uses tortillas with over 600 calories and 1500 mg. of sodium — and that’s before you add anything!
Alas, there are healthier choices.
I opted for two tacos and a soda on this trip, and it was a deal for just $5. I ordered them with soft corn tortillas, chicken (white meat), queso fresco, cilantro, corn relish and tomatoes. And although that was OK for a lunch as far as calories go (464), it was a bit high in sodium (1056 mg.). So live and learn. The next time I will omit the queso fresco to bring it down to a very manageable 364 calories and 616 mg. of sodium. Not bad for fast-food, which is usually very high in sodium.
Another option would be the Freedom Salad, with lettuce, chicken, tomatoes, jalapenos, and corn salsa — with tomatillo dressing on the side. That clocks in at a very skinny 113 calories and 218 mg. of sodium. And it looks very filling.
Either way, I will return to Freebirds World Burrito, as I can have it my way — the healthier way!