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What to eat instead

Here are some great simple and inexpensive recipes to have instead of eating at Taco Bell:

Vegetarian Corn and Black Bean Taco Salad
Tamale Pie
Fish Tacos with Asparagus Salsa
Mushroom and Spinach Enchiladas
Tacos al Pastor
Barbecue Chicken Tacos

Eating Healthier at Fast Food Restaurants

Baja Fresh
Boston Market
Burger King
Chick-fil-A
Cosi
Hardee's
Jack in the Box
Kentucky Fried Chicken
McDonald's
Noodles & Company
Olive Garden
Panera Bread
Popeye's
Ruby Tuesday
Souper Salad
Souplantation
Subway
Taco Bell
Wendy's

Frozen food options

Here are convenience meals we have reviewed at DrGourmet.com that are about the same price but a lot tastier and better for you than eating at Taco Bell:

Enchilada Pie: Cedarlane
Egg White & Spinach Breakfast Burrito and Sausage, Egg & Smoked Gouda Breakfast Burrito: evol Foods
Carnitas & Salsa Verde Enchiladas and Cilantro Lime Chicken Enchiladas: evol Foods
Fire Grilled Steak, Chicken Enchilada, and Teriyaki Chicken Bowls: evol Foods
Roasted Vegetable and Sweet Corn Tamales: Cedarlane
Chicken Enchilada Suiza: Lean Cuisine

 

Eating Healthier at Fast Food Restaurants



Taco Bell

Taco Bell LogoThere is no doubt that eating at Taco Bell is not a great choice. As with all fast food the meals are full of salt, fat and highly processed ingredients.

I created this list so that if you are stuck eating there for some reason you can at least find an alternative that is healthier for you. The items listed fall generally under 400 calories or so and under 15 grams of fat (which is a fairly good guideline for you). I've also included a printable version so that you can print it out and take it with you for reference.

Taco Bell

Item Calories Total Fat (g) Trans Fat (g) Sodium (mg) Fiber (g)
Fresco
Fresco Chicken Soft Taco 150 3.5 0 460 2
Fresco Crunchy Taco 140 8 0 290 3
Fresco Grilled Steak Soft Taco 160 4.5 0 430 2
Fresco Soft Taco 170 7 0 500 3
Gorditas
Gordita Supreme® - Chicken 270 10 0 510 2
Gordita Supreme® - Steak 280 11 0 480 3
Sides
Black Beans 80 1.5 0 200 5
Black Beans and Rice 200 4.5 0 470 5
Chips and Corn Salsa 280 12 0 230 6
Chips and Pico De Gallo 230 11 0 260 3
Pintos n Cheese 180 7 0 560 7
Premium Latin Rice 120 3 0 260 0
Specialties
Cheese Roll-Up 190 9 0 450 2
Tostada 250 10 0 530 8
Tacos
Chicken Soft Taco 170 6 0 460 1
Cool Ranch® Doritos® Locos Taco 160 10 0 350 2
Cool Ranch® Doritos® Locos Taco Supreme 200 12 0 370 3
Crispy Potato Soft Taco 270 13 0 520 3
Crunchy Taco 170 10 0 290 3
Crunchy Taco Supreme® 200 12 0 320 3
Fresco Chicken Soft Taco 150 3.5 0 460 2
Fresco Crunchy Taco 140 8 0 290 3
Grilled Steak Soft Taco 260 14 0 480 2
Nacho Cheese Doritos® Locos Taco 170 9 0 340 2
Nacho Cheese Doritos® Locos Taco Supreme 200 11 0 370 3
Soft Taco Supreme® – Beef 230 11 0 530 3
Soft Taco-Beef 200 9 0 510 3
Why Pay More!® Menu
Cheese Roll-Up 190 9 0 450 2
Crispy Potato Soft Taco 270 13 0 520 3
Crunchy Taco 170 10 0 290 3
Soft Taco-Beef 200 9 0 510 3
Condiments and Sauces
Avocado Ranch Dressing 80 8 0 50 0
Border Sauce - Fire 0 0 0 60 0
Border Sauce - Hot 0 0 0 45 0
Border Sauce - Mild 0 0 0 35 0
Creamy Jalapeno Sauce 70 7 0 50 0
Green Tomatillo Sauce 10 0 0 170 0
Guacamole 35 3 0 105 1
Pepper Jack Sauce 70 7 0 50 0
Pico de Gallo 5 0 0 35 0
Pizza Sauce 10 0 0 80 0
Red Sauce 10 0 0 170 0
Reduced Fat Sour Cream 30 2 0 20 0
Salsa 5 0 0 80 0
Salsa Verde 5 0 0 55 0

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