|Hard to see, but this baby had real beans, not some canned mush|
Monday, August 8, 2011
Baja Fresh versus Taco Hell
Last week at E's summer camp, her teacher excitedly told me she ate a bean burrito (Taco Bell style) at lunch. I was excited too. Lately, E has really hit a stride with trying new things, not just food, but activities, life, pushing herself just that little bit extra. It has been a pleasure to see her do it. And even if she doesn't like the new food, it has not stopped her effort to try a new one the next time she is offered. So today on my way home from work, I decided to get some Baja Fresh for dinner. I got two bean and cheese burritos and a cheese quesadilla for us to share. The portions are quite large and the price is just right.
Well, I was promptly informed that the burrito was not a proper bean & cheese burrito. The beans were not mushed up. I argued that beans should not be mushy. It didn't matter. I got sulky silence and watched her fill up on tortilla chips and strawberries (from home). And so while I was excited that she ate a bean burrito, I was also disappointed that the junk burrito won out. Then I looked up the nutrition stats. Maybe E was onto something. A Taco Bell bean burrito weighs in at 198 g per serving, and a whole Baja burrito weighs in at a whopping 392 g. If you standardize the nutrition numbers to the same size, you get similar numbers, but a whole lot more calories, saturated fat, and cholesterol in the Baja Fresh one.