My Perfect 4-Hour Body Lunch from Rubio’s

I love, love, love Rubio’s. Seriously. Fanboy of this food. And it really kills me that most of the menu isn’t allowed on my diet. Tortillas? Nope. Not even corn. Cheese? No way. Fried fish? Definitely out. While I will cheat and get the Original Fish Tacos on occasion, I have been pretty good at sticking to my modification of their Grilled Grande Bowl – which I believe falls well within the confines of the 4-Hour Body diet. Since a lot of people are curious (biggest question I get when I tell people what I can’t eat is “what DO you eat?”) here’s what I get and how to order it.

Above is my modified Grilled Grande Bowl. Just ask for it by name, pause a second, and then ask for no cheese, no rice, substitute guac, extra black beans.  That’s it.  What you get is the following:

  • Shredded Cabbage (probably not enough to really qualify for the 4-Hour Body but I fudge here)
  • ~4 oz grilled chicken (I’ll sometimes get blackened Ono for variety)
  • ~1/2 cup black beans
  • chopped tomato/onion
  • ~4 tbsp guacamole
  • I add: a cupful of onion and about 2 tbsp hot salsa (for flavor) from their salsa bar.
  • Optional – squeeze a lime wedge on it

There’s also a little sauce that is sometimes on it, sometimes not (today it wasn’t present). It probably is also a violation of the diet, but there is so little of it, I don’t worry about it.

So that’s it.  My Rubio’s meal.  They’ll also take any taco plate and give it to you without the tortillas – which comes close to sticking with the diet – and they have a salad you can modify as well. They’re happy to customize, so just ask.  It’s about the most flavor I’ve found in fast food while on this diet, and the closest to sticking with the program.

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