Sometimes when you’re in a pinch, running into a fast-food restaurant or going through the drive-thru can be an easy way to feed your hunger. But that doesn’t always mean you have to order unhealthy foods! In fact, some of your favorite restaurants have healthy orders you can rely on when you need something filling that won’t totally have you going over your calorie budget. This is especially true for Taco Bell, which has its fair share of unhealthiest and healthiest Taco Bell orders you can rely on.
In order to determine the healthiest Taco Bell orders you can get, we spoke with Amy Goodson, MS, RD, CSSD, LD, author of The Sports Nutrition Playbook, who gave us the exact orders you should grab when you find yourself at a Taco Bell in the near future. Here’s what she recommends, but if you’d rather whip up something quick at home, you’ll also love these 100 Easiest Recipes You Can Make.
“If you are hitting the Bell for breakfast, and want something under 500 calories, the Cheesy Toasted Breakfast Burrito with or without potato is your pick,” says Goodson. “It has a pretty good balance of carbohydrates, protein, and fat to fuel your morning and lower sodium than some of the other breakfast choices.”
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“Whether you choose the Power Menu Bowl with chicken, steak, or veggies, you come in under 500 calories and with extra veggies,” says Goodson. “These bowls boast of tomatoes, lettuce, black beans, and guacamole—all nutrient-rich choices to fuel your body on-the-go!”
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“If you are going veggie-style, go for the Bean Burrito,” says Goodson. “With 11 grams of fiber and 13 grams of protein for 350 calories, this is a good option at lunch or dinner.”
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“At just over 500 calories, the Chicken Quesadilla paired with salsa is a filling choice,” says Goodson, “It packs 27 grams of protein and 4 grams of fiber, which help you get full faster and stay full longer!”
“If you’re looking to ‘beef’ up your meal, try two of the Soft Taco Supremes or Crunchy Taco Supremes,” says Goodson. “Loaded with beef, lettuce, tomato, and low-fat sour cream, you can eat two of them for under 500 calories as well as get protein, fiber, and some veggies!”
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