Sherlock Zone and his friends recently dined at Qdoba, a chain of Mexican restaurants. Our intrepid detective, who scrutinizes menus that leave Zoners clueless, was interested to see a recipe section that asked the question: Counting your carbs?
The answer is yes, but remember, the Zone is not a low-carbohydrate diet, and the menu items at Qdoba are down for the count.
A Naked Burrito has 20 grams of carbs (fibers on all menu items have been subtracted). That’s about 1 block of carbs too low for a woman and 2 blocks for a man. The entrée consists of black or pinto beans; choice of chicken, steak, ground sirloin or shredded beef; lettuce, cheese, light sour cream and a choice of salsa. A Queso Naked Burrito adds three-cheese Queso Sauce.
The Fajita Ranchera Naked Burrito has a choice of steak or chicken, Ranchera Sauce, fajita veggies, lettuce, cheese, light sour cream and a choice of salsa. The meal has 23 grams of carbs.
The Naked Taco Salad offers a choice of chicken, steak, shredded beef or ground sirloin; black bean corn salsa; fat-free Ranch dressing; cheese; light sour cream and a choice of salsa. It has 27 grams of carbs.
After holding up his magnifying glass, Sherlock deducted that some of the carb-restricted entrées has too much protein. Remember, Zoners shouldn’t have more protein than the size and thickness of the palms of their hands. Also choose chicken rather than steak to keep fat content under control.
To add carbs, Sherlock suggests asking for more black beans or ordering a side of salsa. Offerings include warm Ranchera Sauce, Pico de Gallo, Salsa Rojo and for the daring, Fiery Habanero Salsa.