When you’re short on time or energy, takeout or a frozen meal such as a grain bowl can be a solution to the problem of getting a nutritious dinner on the table fast. But even healthy-sounding dishes with similar ingredients and approximately the same serving size can vary greatly in nutrition. We compared a frozen Mexican-style chicken grain bowl with both a frozen chicken burrito and a chicken burrito bowl from a chain restaurant and found big differences.

Red's Organic Chicken, Cilantro & Lime Burrito (two, 9 oz. total)


Made with: flour tortilla, chicken, brown rice, black beans, cheddar cheese, tomatillo, corn, red peppers


  • Calories 500
  • Fat (g) 18
  • Sat. Fat (g) 4
  • Protein (g) 24
  • Carbohydrates (g) 66
  • Fiber (g) 2
  • Sugars (g) 2
  • Sodium (mg) 940
  • Calories 500
  • Fat (g) 18
  • Sat. Fat (g) 4
  • Protein (g) 24
  • Carbohydrates (g) 66
  • Fiber (g) 2
  • Sugars (g) 2
  • Sodium (mg) 940

Smart Ones SmartMade Mexican-Style Chicken Bowl (9 oz.)


Made with: poblano peppers, black beans, red bell peppers, onions, corn, chicken, brown rice, Monterey Jack cheese, sauce


  • Calories 260
  • Fat (g) 5
  • Sat. Fat (g) 2.5
  • Protein (g) 21
  • Carbohydrates (g) 33
  • Fiber (g) 6
  • Sugars (g) 6
  • Sodium (mg) 530
  • Calories 260
  • Fat (g) 5
  • Sat. Fat (g) 2.5
  • Protein (g) 21
  • Carbohydrates (g) 33
  • Fiber (g) 6
  • Sugars (g) 6
  • Sodium (mg) 530

Qdoba Burrito Bowl (9 oz.)


Made with: tequila lime chicken, cilantro lime rice, cilantro lime dressing, black bean/corn salsa, Cotija cheese


  • Calories 550
  • Fat (g) 21
  • Sat. Fat (g) 8
  • Protein (g) 27
  • Carbohydrates (g) 73
  • Fiber (g) 9
  • Sugars (g) 9
  • Sodium (mg) 1,335
  • Calories 550
  • Fat (g) 21
  • Sat. Fat (g) 8
  • Protein (g) 27
  • Carbohydrates (g) 73
  • Fiber (g) 9
  • Sugars (g) 9
  • Sodium (mg) 1,335