You may or may not know this but Taco Bell has some really healthy options on its menu. What’s even more impressive, and I didn’t know this, Taco Bell has an in-house registered dietitian who oversees the whole menu and works to remove additives and preservatives, artificial flavors and colors, high-fructose corn syrup, partially hydrogenated oil, and reducing sodium across the menu.
In fact, 75% of Taco Bell’s menu is under 500 calories. Here are a few of the most healthiest items you can order:
Veggie Power Menu Bowl
480 calories, 19 grams of fat, 13 grams of fiber, 14 grams of protein
Taco Bell says, “the power-up boost you get from the bowl is so similar to a power-up in a video game.” This bowl contains rice, black beans, cheese, romaine lettuce (see, vegetables), guacamole, pico de gallo, and creamy avocado ranch sauce. Skip the sour cream if you want to reduce fat and add a scoop of steak or chicken if you’re in need of some extra protein.
Power Menu Burrito
450 calories, 20 grams of fat, 4 grams of fiber, 26 grams of protein
The Power Menu Burrito is basically like having a handheld version of the bowl — so if you like the bowl but are always on the go this is a perfect compromise — plus you can add tasty grilled chicken. Taco Bell sayd this burriot was “forged by a powerful wizard” and gives the holder “crazy energy and the capacity to achieve things that no mortal human could achieve, like do a bunch of push-ups and go through an entire day without wanting to take a nap.”
Chicken Soft Taco Fresco Style
150 calories, 6 grams of fat, 2 grams of fiber, 9 grams of protein
The chicken soft tacos are like seeing a ton of presents under the tree on Christmas morning. You just light up inside knowing that you can dive right without having to worry about the reconstructions. And in this case that means hardly any calories. When these tacos are created “fresco style”, they are a mere 150 calories with 9 grams of protein. Add a little hot sauce and make your soft taco Christmas dreams a reality.
380 calories, 11 grams of fat, 9 grams of fiber, 14 grams of protein
Beans, beans, the musical fruit. The more you eat, the more you can put on your plate! And this bean burrito from Taco Bell is just 380 calories with 9 grams of fiber and 14 grams of protein. So having more than one for lunch or dinner will not break the calorie bank. And if you replace the added red sauce with pico de gallo you can further reduce your sodium intake and up your vegetable consumption!
Grilled Breakfast Burrito
340 calories, 14 grams of fat, 3 grams of fiber, 10 grams of protein
Taco Bell’s breakfast is the bomb. And this grilled breakfast burrito is inexpensive, not filled with greasy hash browns and is under 350 calories and boasts 10 grams of protein. Needless to say it’s a satisfying, fulfilling start to your day. And at just $1 on the cravings menu, this burrito definitely gives you a big bang for your buck.
7-Layer Burrito Fresco Style
340 calories, 8 grams of fat, 6 grams of fiber, 10 grams of protein
Look here’s the truth. Anything on Taco Bell’s menu made “fresco style” is coming to be nutritious. The same applies to their 7-layer burrito; when made fresco style, the entire thing comes out to 340 calories with 6 grams of fiber, 10 grams of protein, and only 2.5 grams of saturated fat.
210 calories, 10 grams of fat, 5 grams of fiber, 6 grams of protein
Looking for the crunch without the calories? This spicy tostada is worth of a visit to your nearby Taco Bell. At just 210 calories, with 5 grams of fiber and 6 grams of protein, the spicy tostada is a great, more nutritious alternative to other crunchy tacos plus it’s off the dollar cravings menu too, so order two or twenty. Whatever works.
Mini Skillet Bowl
180 calories, 11 grams of fat, 2 grams of fiber, 5 grams of protein
The mini-skillet bowl is another great example of a healthy option from Taco Bell and here’s the best part: It’s $1. The eggs provide 5 grams of lean protein and the potatoes will fill you up until you get hungry again, which is usually around lunchtime. Skip the nacho cheese sauce to cut out the sodium and fat intake.