Building the Healthiest Menu Items at Moe’s

Building the Healthiest Menu Items at Moe’s

At Moe’s, the first thing you notice is the exuberant greeting you get once you enter this Tex-Mex haven. Then you open the menu, and you’ll find that the dishes are largely customizable while Moe’s Southwest menu prices are reasonable. 

So, how do you create your dishes so that you don’t really do a lot of damage to your diet and health? Here are some tips that should definitely help: 

Building the Healthiest Bowl

With a bowl, you can be tempted to add too much stuff that your calorie intake can immediately reach a thousand calories. But at least you skip the tortilla, which helps with your nutritional intake. With a bowl, you’re really doing your health a favor. 

It’s always a problem that when you reduce calories, you also get that undeniable feeling of missing something. To compensate, you should add more texture and flavor to the dish, or else it can get unbearably boring and ultimately unsatisfying. 

So, what should you put in your bowl? Include the following: 

  • Cilantro
  • Diced Cucumbers
  • Diced Tomato
  • Guacamole
  • Lime Wedge
  • Organic Tofu
  • Pinto Beans
  • Seasoned Rice
  • Shredded Lettuce

The guacamole is creamy, the cucumbers are crunchy, the lime is tangy, and the cilantro is fresh. They’re also filled with healthy nutrients. This bowl gives you 607 calories, 16g fat (6 g saturated fat), 993mg sodium, 99g carbs (19 g fiber, 9 g sugar), and 28g protein. 

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Building the Healthiest Burrito

Basically, you go with whole grain tortilla, and you focus on putting in lots of veggies. This will boost your nutritional intake, add to your fiber consumption, and reduce calories. You need the following: 

  • Whole Grain Tortilla
  • Cilantro
  • Diced Onions
  • Jalapeños
  • Pico de Gallo
  • Pinto Beans
  • Quinoa
  • Shredded Lettuce
  • Steak

You only get 635 calories, so that’s not a lot and you also won’t overeat. Then you have 37g of protein that helps build muscle (if you lift weights) and keeps you feeling full for hours. You also get 17g fat (5g saturated fat), 1,241mg sodium, and 94g carbs (24g fiber, 4g sugar). 

Building the Healthiest Stacks

Moe’s introduced their Stacks as a competitor against the Crunchwrap Supreme of Taco Bell. You have 2 tostadas filled with a combination of fillings, then everything’s wrapped in a tortilla, and then grilled to secure it closed. 

Your ingredients should include: 

  • Black Beans
  • Cilantro
  • Corn Tortillas
  • Ground Beef
  • Pico de Gallo
  • Shredded Cheese
  • Shredded Lettuce

This may seem lot a lot of calories due to the apparent carb level, but you actually only get 537 calories. You also get 30 g fat (14 g saturated fat), 1,216 mg sodium, 50 g carbs (16 g fiber, 6 g sugar), and 33 g protein. 

Building the Healthiest Quesadillas

More often than not, going simple may be your best option. So, just get the following: 

  • Adobo Chicken
  • Flour Tortilla
  • Shredded Cheese

This is a solid, no-fuss option that gets you only 590 calories with a whopping 40g of protein. That means you may still have some room for your day’s diet for a mid-afternoon snack, while the protein also keeps you awake and feeling full for most of the day. 

You also get 33g fat (17g saturated fat), 975mg sodium, and 38g carbs (1g fiber, 1g sugar). 

Building the Healthiest Tacos

One of the most basic tips regarding calorie reduction is that you simply stick to small portions when you eat, so go with a small taco. Put in the following: 

  • Adobo Chicken
  • Cilantro
  • Corn Tortilla
  • Shredded Cabbage

This is one of the healthiest options in all of fast food, with just 114 calories, 5g fat (2g saturated fat), 152mg sodium, 14g carbs (1g fiber, 0g sugar), and 10g protein. You also get lots of vitamin C and vitamin K from the cabbage. 

Building the Healthiest Nachos

Go with the following: 

  • Chips
  • Adobo Chicken
  • Black Beans
  • Pico de Gallo

Okay, with a base of fried chips, no one’s really saying that this is a super-healthy option. You actually get 986 calories, along with 49g fat (12g saturated fat), 1,302mg sodium, 114g carbs (20g fiber, 10g sugar), though the 37g protein isn’t bad. 

You really should consider just avoiding nachos altogether—if this is the healthiest combo, you really don’t want to try the other nachos combos. 

Building the Healthiest Salads

This is a much better option than the nachos—in general. But build your salad wrong, and you might even get a worse deal. So, stick with the following: 

  • Adobo Chicken
  • Black Beans
  • Chopped Romaine
  • Cilantro
  • Diced Cucumbers
  • Diced Onions
  • Diced Tomatoes
  • Fresh Jalapeños
  • Grilled Mushrooms
  • Pico de Gallo

This combo only gets you 358 calories with 33g of protein. You also get just 13g fat (5 g saturated fat), 1,001mg sodium, and 39 g carbs (17 g fiber, 6 g sugar). 

Final Words

As you may have noticed, many of the items here do contain high amounts of sodium and saturated fat. Moe’s (and many other fast-food joints, for that matter), may not be the ideal restaurant to visit if you have high blood pressure and other cardiovascular issues! 

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