Following a strict diet at home is difficult enough, but this becomes ten times harder when you have to eat out. Especially if you find yourself having to eat out at a fast food restaurant.
It is easy to monitor calorie intake at home, but monitoring the calories that you eat once you step out the door is a lot harder. This is often because the ingredients and nutritional information are not clearly labeled in the store.
So, if you are eating out at a fast food restaurant, you need to be prepared. In this guide, we’re taking a look at some of the best, and most healthy menu options at Taco Bell. So, to find out what to order, if you want to eat healthily, keep on reading.
You could also make a healthier version of Taco Bell food with copycat recipes!
How to Make a Taco Bell Order Healthier
As well as specifically ordering healthier options from Taco Bell, it is also possible to make your existing order healthier. So, if you do not want to change your order entirely, you are in the right place. Here are just a handful of the ways to make your Taco Bell order healthier and more nutritious:
- Swap Your Soda – Instead of ordering your regular soda, swap it for a zero-calorie alternative, such as a “diet” or “zero” option. This will reduce the calories that you are taking in, and also reduce your sugar intake at the same time.
- Choose Nutritious Add-ons – Ask for extra beans, meat, or guac to make your meal more nutritious. Beans and meat will improve your protein intake, and guac will improve your fat intake for a more balanced diet.
- Order “Fresca” Style – This will remove the high-calorie components from your meal (including cheese, mayo-based sauces, and sour cream), and replace them with diced tomatoes. Making your meal a whole lot healthier.
Alternatively, if you do not want to impact your favorite order by modifying it, you might prefer to order something a little different. With that in mind, let’s take a look at some of the healthiest options at Taco Bell.
Cheesy Toasted Breakfast Burrito – 340 calories
This is one of the more simple options at Taco Bell, but it tastes great. With just 340 calories in this, this option is a complete meal, and it is guaranteed to set you up right for the day ahead. With sausage, bacon, and potato all mixed together with cheese in a delicious burrito, this is a meal that tastes so good, you might forget that it’s healthy.
Breakfast Crunchwrap – 670 calories
The breakfast burrito that we have just looked at is pretty simple, so if you want a more complex option, the breakfast crunchwrap is perfect for you. It contains almost double the number of calories, but it will definitely fill you up. With eggs, bacon, hash browns, cheesy, and a creamy jalapeño sauce, this wrap is delicious, but it has one hell of a kick too.
Hash Brown Toasted Breakfast Burrito – 570 calories
Another healthy option, which has fewer calories, is the hash brown toasted breakfast burrito. With bacon, hash browns, eggs, and a sprinkle of cheese, this is a delicious and filling option that is perfect for a healthy start to your day.
Black Beans and Rice – 170 calories
If you are really watching your calorie intake, then black beans and rice might be the better choice. This is a vegetarian-friendly dish, and as its name suggests, it is very basic. But it is healthy too, and a good option if you are on a diet.
Black Bean Crunchwrap Supreme – 510 calories
This next option has more calories, but it is a lot more filling. With black beans and cheese sauce mixed with salad and sour cream in a hard crunchy taco, wrapped in a soft tortilla, this option has a good balance of all the different food groups, and that is why it is so healthy.
It’s no wonder the Crunchwrap is one of the most popular menu items at Taco Bell.
Black Bean Quesalupa – 590 calories
Sticking with the black bean theme, you should also give the black bean quesalupa a try. This dish is vegetarian-friendly, low in carbs, and high in protein, making it perfectly healthy for those who are on a diet.
Cheesy Roll Up – 180 calories
If you are just looking for a snack, then the cheesy roll-up is the perfect thing to order. With Taco Bell’s famous 3 cheese blends wrapped up in a soft tortilla, this dish is simple, but it is delicious and healthy too. Perfect for those who follow a vegetarian diet.
Cheesy Gordita Crunch – 500 calories
Sticking with the cheese theme, one of the most popular items at Taco Bell is their cheesy Gordita crunch. Like many of the options we have looked at so far, this is fairly high in calories, but it is a complete meal that will fill you up, and that is why we would consider it to be a healthy option.
Doritos Locos Taco – 170 calories
Another great snack is the Doritos locos tacos. With a classic taco filling stuffed into a hard crunchy taco that is made using nacho cheese Doritos, this is a delicious snack. And it is healthy too.
Chicken Chipotle Melt – 190 calories
In terms of low-calorie options, you should also consider the chicken chipotle melt. With a soft tortilla stuffed with cheese, chipotle sauce, and chicken, this is totally delicious, and a great option for a light snack.
Veggie Power Menu Bowl – 430 calories
If you want to feel like you are eating something healthy, then this is the thing to order. This bowl is essentially a salad, with black beans, tomatoes, guac, and lots more to give it lots of flavors. It is delicious, and low in calories too, so it is definitely one to try!
Chicken Soft Taco Fresco Style – 150 calories
For home comfort, you should order the chicken soft taco fresco style. This option is low in calories and fat, and it feels light and healthy when you eat it. It might not be the best choice if you want a full meal, but if you just want a snack, this is perfect.
Grilled Steak Soft Taco Fresco Style – 150 calories
If you prefer steak to chicken, then you should replace your chicken soft taco fresco style with the grilled steak option. It is almost identical, the only difference is the meat that is used. Both are delicious and they are healthy too.
Quesarito – 650 calories
Finally, you should consider the quesarito. This hybrid of a burrito and a quesadilla is completely delicious, but it is fairly high in calories, so you should only choose this if you want to fill yourself up. With seasoned beef, cheese, and lots more, there is something for everyone in this dish, so it is definitely a healthy option to try.
As you can see, you don’t have to cut Taco Bell out of your diet if you’re trying to eat healthier. All you need to do is follow this guide and order some of the healthy options from Taco Bell’s menu. Now, you can eat delicious Taco Bell guilt-free!
What’s your favorite healthy menu item from Taco Bell? Let us know down below in the comments!