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Eating Healthy At: Taco Bell

Eating healthy foods at Taco Bell is surprisingly easy, and even moreso if you do a few substitutions. All beef items can be made with Pinto Beans instead, which is fairly healthy, despite being high in sodium.

In terms of making a food product Fresco Style, you simply remove all cheese, sauce, sour cream, and/or Guacamole, and replace it all with Pico De Gallo, which is simply a vinegar, tomato, and onion blend with cilantro. It is caimed to be able to reduce the calorie count by as much as 25%, but of course, that varies on food item, as the amount of calories reduced from a 7-Layer will be higher than that removed from a simple Bean Burrito.

Fresco Black Bean Burrito

22392_Burritos_BlackBeanBurrito_300x300One of the healthiest items you can buy would probably be a Fresco Black Bean Burrito, A Fresco black bean burrito is 340 calories and 14 grams of protein. It also has 8 grams of dietary fiber, which is wonderful for digestion. It is also high in sodium, but you can avoid some of this by asking for no or easy red sauce.

Fresco Bean Burrito

This one is like the Fresco Black Bean Burrito, but with Pinto Beans instead of Black Beans. Due to it being Fresco it is lower in both Fat and calories. It has 350 calories, 13 grams of protein, and 9 grams of fat. It does have 1050 mg of sodium, but by removing the Red Sauce you can remove 150 mg.

Chicken or Veggie Cantina Power Bowl

22488_Specialties_CantinaPowerBowlChicken_600x600The Chicken Cantina power bowl is delicious, but is high in calories and fat. it has 20 grams of fat and 6 grams of saturated fat, which by itself isn’t alot, but for some people that might be far too much. So here is a way to make the Cantina Bowl even more healthy. Do NOT ask for it Fresco Style, because you want to keep the Guacamole as a form of dressing, because Avocado might be high in fat, but it is still a rather healthy food.

Remove the Sour Cream, Avocado Ranch Sauce, and the Cheese. Doing so reduces the fat content to 11 grams, and the Saturated Fat content to 2 grams. It also reduces the Sodium content from 1300 to 1140, which is still high, but eating low sodium at fast food is near impossible. The chicken bowl still has 24 grams of protein, the veggie version would have 8 grams.

Grilled Chicken Crunchy Taco Fresco

This would be more expensive, and would turn a cheaper taco into probably 2 dollar plus taco, but is fairly healthy and low in sodium. The Flour shells are much higher in Sodium than the corn one’s tend to be, so if you are watching your sodium intake, it is vital to order crunchy taco shells instead of soft ones. It would be 270 mg of sodium per taco, with 9 grams of protein and 4.5 grams of fat. You can even add more vitamins an minerals, but also more on the price tag, by asking to substitute lettuce to Romaine.

Black Beans and Rice

teaThis could be a small staple to your Taco Bell visit, having only 180 calories, 5 grams of fiber, 6 grams of protein, and only 4 grams of fat. It also has 430 mg of Sodium, which is fairly high, but not too high.


The healthiest drink that you can buy here at this store is Unsweetened Tea. You can then either drink it black, or combine it with some Splenda or Sweet-n-low for some non-caloric beverage options. Coffee the same way, without creamer, is also an option when it comes to Taco Bell. Although it is best if you can avoid it, you can also drink Diet Mountain Dew or Diet Pepsi as choices. Both are calorie free and won’t negitively effect your health if consumed in moderation.

2 thoughts on “Eating Healthy At: Taco Bell”

  1. Yes, Michael Greger has a new video up about hispanic being healthier, living longer, etc,

    Still, the quality of food at these places is poor, but haha, aside from salt.

    1. Yeah,hispanic countries have more beans than animal meats, sadly they tend to increase the amounts of cheeses they use. So many traditional hispanic meals contain dairy of some kind, which is a lament that I hear often when people are vegan in central america.

      True, very few fast food places have high quality foods. But if you are going to go eat fast food at all, consuming certain products are better than, say, an XXL Beef

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