How to Buy the Healthiest Frozen Burritos
Healthy frozen burrito are here to rescue you from a breakfast (or lunch or dinner) rut.
Pictured Recipe: Chicken Freezer Burritos
Frozen burritos are quick and convenient. Whether you're out of time in the morning or just want something super-easy, healthy frozen burritos are your secret weapon. No, "healthy burrito" isn't an oxymoron. Your whole meal, wrapped in a portable package, ready to heat and eat. They are also perfect for a "there's nothing in my fridge" lunch or super-easy dinner. We scanned 80 labels and tasted 34 varieties to find these winners, plus a cheat sheet you can take to your local freezer case.
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Evol Cilantro Lime Chicken
This burrito's fresh flavors stand out. Tangy cilantro and lime complement tender rice, chicken and black beans.
Sweet Earth The Mayan
Red cabbage and carrots add delightful crunch. We love the savory chipotle seitan and the sauce's subtle spiciness.
Lilly B's Organic Bean, Rice & Cheese
A refried-bean filling without gloppiness? This pick proves it's possible. The pinto beans are smooth and perfectly seasoned.
Amy's Burrito, Non-Dairy
Wait, this is vegan? Even sans cheese, the classic rice-and-bean filling is surprisingly creamy. It's also tops for fiber, at 8 grams.
Whole Foods 365 Bean & Chicken
We mmm'd over the tender, shredded chicken. And the tomato-green chile sauce gives this burrito a kick.
For a burrito to be a good source of fiber, it should have at least 3 grams. We found that bean-based ones tend to be the most fiber-full, compared to burritos made with meat.
Eye Portion Sizes
Serving size is key: a bigger burrito means more food—but also more sodium and calories. (One came in at 1,670 mg—more than two-thirds of your total sodium for the day!) The burritos that fit our sodium targets naturally keep calories in check, at 300 to 400 calories. This makes for a fairly light lunch, so consider adding a side like guacamole and veggies for dipping or a small salad.
Protein helps give your meal staying power, keeping you fuller longer. Look for a burrito that combines protein with fiber, like beans with meat or veggies. Both are filling nutrients that help you stay satisfied post-burrito. Vegetarian? No sweat. If you want to avoid meat, most bean burritos have numbers comparable to meaty ones, about 12 to 14 grams.
Some burritos deliver more than 1,000 milligrams of sodium and many hover in the 600-700 mg range. To keep your total daily sodium reasonable, try to choose a burrito with 500 mg of sodium or less.
Nutrition to Look For
When looking at packaged frozen burritos, here are a few key nutrients to look for:
- Fiber ≥ 3 g
- Sodium ≤ 600 mg
- Protein ≥ 7 g
Frozen burritos can make for a easy, delicious and nutritious meal in a pinch. They are craveable day or night, and we tasted several to give you our top picks. These five are worth stocking up on for busy days or a healthy backup in a pinch.
Watch how to make your own Freezer Bean & Cheese Burrito
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