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Ask A Charlotte Expert: Best Workout Recipes

April 17, 2013 9:00 AM

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johnnyburrito Ask A Charlotte Expert: Best Workout RecipesWorking out really puts a strain on your body and you may feel as though you don’t have enough energy to continue the rest of your day. Burritos can be a great way to get protein, vegetables and carbohydrates you need to make it through your next workout. Plus, healthy burritos can help you stay energized throughout the day and are portable for those of you on the go. Johnny Bitter, owner and chef of Johnny Burrito, says that the less processed the food is the better. He offers the following recipes for the novice burrito maker.

Johnny Bitter, Chef & Owner
Johnny Burrito
301 S. Tryon St.
Charlotte, NC
(704) 371-4448

Johnny Burrito opened its doors in 1998, bringing California-style burritos to Charlotte. Known for its fresh ingredients, friendly service, and one of the cleanest restaurants in Charlotte, with an average sanitation score of 100.6%, Johnny Burrito is one of Charlotte’s top hotspots.

Whole Wheat Chicken Burrito

  • 3 oz. chicken breast, chopped
  • ½ cup romaine lettuce, shredded
  • ¼ cup corn (yellow or white)
  • 2 tablespoons Verne salsa
  • ¼ cup brown rice
  • ¼ cup black beans, drained
  • 1 large whole wheat tortilla


  1. Season chicken breast to taste and cook in skillet until internal temperature is 160⁰F, chop into small pieces and set aside.
  2. Cook rice until tender, set aside.
  3. Combine all ingredients into the center of the tortilla.
  4. Roll burrito style and enjoy!

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Breakfast Burrito

  • 2 teaspoons canola oil
  • 1/2; cup red onion, diced
  • 1/2;  red bell pepper, seeded and diced
  • 1/4;  cup black beans, drained
  • 2 egg whites
  • Cooking spray
  • 1 whole wheat tortilla
  • 2 tablespoon salsa
  • 1/2; tomato, chopped
  • 1/2; small avocado, cubed
  • Hot sauce (optional)


  1. Sautee onion and peppers until tender.
  2. Add black beans to warm for about 2 minutes.
  3. Whisk egg whites and add to onions, pepper and black beans.
  4. Scramble until cook through.
  5. Add to center of tortilla.
  6. Top with tomato and avocado.
  7. Roll, burrito style, and enjoy!
Turkey Sun-Dried Tomato Burrito

  • 1/4; cup corn kernels
  • 1/4; cup chopped tomato
  • 1/4; cup chopped sun-dried tomatoes
  • 2 tablespoons canola oil
  • 1 tablespoon red-wine vinegar or cider vinegar
  • 4 oz. low-sodium deli turkey
  • 1 whole wheat tortillas
  • 1/2; cup chopped romaine lettuce


  1. In a bowl mix corn, tomatoes, vinegar, and oil.
  2. Place turkey in tortilla.
  3. Top with corn and lettuce.
  4. Roll, burrito style, and enjoy!

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Ceceilia Williams is a married mother of four, who served in the U.S. army as a food service specialist. Having a family of her own she is very familiar with the stress and financial up and downs that it brings and shares her expertise in saving time and money. Her work can be found at

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