Have you ever had one of those days: you had no time to make lunch, have to get something quick, and don't have time to search out the nearest organic, local, seasonal salad bar? We certainly have! But when it comes to our diets, and eating the best Latin food, we don't always know where to start. That's why we did our research (and painstakingly tasted many, many dishes) to find the best Latin fast food options under 500 calories. So let's start! We bet that your lunches will be a little more delicious from now on (and you'll "accidentally" forget your lunch a little more often).
Subway's 6" Turkey Jalapeño Melt
Coming in at just 430 calories, this spicy sandwich is hard to resist. Between the heart-healthy lean white meat (turkey) and the extra kick, we're in love with this option from Subway restaurants. Add on a bag of sliced apples and you have a complete meal to take you through the afternoon.
Chipotle's Customizable Vegetarian Salad
Au Bon Pain's Portuguese Kale Soup
What's better than this delicious kale soup? To be honest, we can't think of anything! Oh wait, yes we can: you can have a large and still only spend 260 calories on lunch! That's definitely a reason to run, not walk, to the nearest Au Bon Pain.
Pret a Manger's Chipotle Chicken, Bacon & Avocado Sandwich
The famed sandwich shop just wouldn't be the same without this Latin take on a classic sandwich. To be honest, we're still having a hard time believing that it comes in at only 460 calories. The creamy avocado is a great balance to the crisp bacon and the chipotle chicken adds a serious kick. Talk about a good (and delicious) deal!
Taco Bell's Fresco Steak Burrito Supreme
Who says you can't have fast food on a diet?! Thanks to Taco Bell's Fresco menu, this steak burrito supreme keeps lunch at only 350 calories. It's got the classic flavors of a burrito with the extra boost from chargrilled steak. Buen provecho!
Cosi's Adobo Lime Chicken Salad
Adobo? Check! Lime? Check! Chicken? Check and check! This salad is a lot more hearty and definitely a lot more filling than we could have ever imagined. We're just loving the Latin flavors in this Cosi addition that tops out at 400 calories. The adobo is a familiar, comforting flavor and the lime brightens up the salad.
Panera's Low-Fat Vegetarian Black Bean Soup
With just 260 calories, this cumin-scented black bean soup is just like the one our mama made us. Panera's low-fat and vegetarian version of the classic black bean soup is about as close to Cuban food as we usually come in fast food restaurants while definitely healthier.
Wendy's Half-Size Baja Chili Salad
A Baja-style salad that's actually low in calories? Sign us up! You can get the half-size at just 450 calories and, trust us, you'll definitely be full after indulging in this goodie from Wendy's. The salad is made with slow simmered chili, pico de gallo, guacamole, and red jalapeno dressing.
McDonald's Grilled Chipotle BBQ Snack Wrap (2)
That's right, you can have not one but TWO of this Mickey D's special snack--that'll pretty much be the ideal lunch--and get in at just 500 calories. Plus, the chipotle flavor in this wrap gives it just the right kind of kick that we're craving... well, always.