It’s hard to pass up on something called a skinny burrito, so when I saw a box of PJ’s Skinny Burritos at Costco, I just had check them out. And after reading the label and finding that they had just 290 calories and 510 mg. of sodium per burrito, I decided to take them home with me.
I wasn’t disappointed either. Charles and I tried them for lunch, and we both agreed that we’d buy them again. But alas, when I find these cool things that are actually low in calories and sodium, they seem to disappear from the store shelves. But I’ll be optimistic and hope that’s not the case with PJ’s skinny burritos.
But if I don’t find them again I can always make my own burritos at home, and still keep the calories and sodium down. The best way is to of course make your own tortillas. That said, if I don’t have the time or the inclination to do that I use a Canteca Lite Gold tortilla, which has 110 calories and 330 mg. of sodium.
My favorite quick and easy burrito is one with crazy beans (our low calorie/sodium version of El Pollo Loco’s BBQ beans) and rice. It’s pretty tasty and still low in calories and sodium. Another option is to take some black beans, corn, bell peppers and rice, and mix them all together and roll it up in a tortilla. I also like to throw on a sliced jalapeno if I have one on hand. One word of caution though — stay away from cheese and refried beans, as they’re both loaded with fat.
In the end, there are lots of ways to keep the calories and sodium down in a burrito, so give it a try and be creative. And pick up some of PJ’s yummy concoctions if you happen to see them in the store. You won’t be sorry.