How to Eat Healthy at Taco Bell

Find the best low fat menu items at Taco Bell

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Many healthy eaters crave Taco Bell. They just don't want to admit it. Taco Bell food is salty, crunchy and spicy, which makes it perfect for an indulgent lunch or a late night snack. But the fast Mexican fare isn't always the best food for your diet. You can, however, find Taco Bell low fat menu items that will help you stick to your diet.

What Not To Order Taco Bell

Before you decide what you're going to order off the Taco Bell menu, you should know which foods to avoid.

If you're trying to lose weight, stay lean, or you just want to live without post-Taco-Bell regret, stay away from these foods:

  • Fiesta Taco Salad: 840 calories, 45 grams fat
  • Chicken Fiesta Taco Salad: 790 calories, 38 grams fat
  • Nachos Bellgrande: 770 calories, 44 grams fat
  • Beef Grilled Stuft Burrito: 680 calories, 30 grams fat
  • Crunchwrap Supreme: 560 Calories, 24 grams fat

The Worst Taco Bell Menu Mistake

Even though the items listed above are high in calories, many of them are also fairly large. So you may not order several of them to eat at one sitting. The biggest mistake that you can make at Taco Bell is ordering too much food. It's easy to order several tacos or a combination of tacos and burritos and end up eating way too much food - and too many calories, too much salt and too much fat.

So the easiest way to avoid regret when you eat at Taco Bell is to choose one or two low calorie foods with water or a diet soda and be done.

There are several items on the menu that are relatively low in calories and lower in fat.

Find Low Fat Taco Bell Menu Items

You'll find many items for under 350 calories and under 10 grams of fat at Taco Bell. In fact, many of the tacos are under 200 calories. The Crunchy Taco, for example, has 170 calories and 9 grams of fat.

Or a Chicken Soft Taco for 160 calories and 5 grams of fat. Order them together and you've got a meal for 430 calories.

The best way to keep your meal low fat at Taco Bell is to use the Nutrition Calculator. The online tool can help dieters and healthy eaters find satisfying food that is low in fat and lower in calories. The only drawback, of course, is that you have to do some homework before you go. But one of the best ways to stick to your diet at a restaurant is to know what you're going to order before you go.

For example, you can use the calculator to customize foods and cut both fat and calories. You customize the Fiery Doritos Locos Taco Supreme. The original version has 190 calories and 11 grams of fat. But if you order grilled chicken instead of beef, remove cheese and sour cream, you'll still have a yummy taco for 140 calories and just 6 grams of fat.

You can also customize very high fat and high calorie items. The Smothered Burrito in it's original version has 690 calories and a whopping 34 grams of fat.

But if you order chicken instead of beef you reduce the fat grams to 28 grams. If you want to cut more fat, skip the cheese and you cut another 7 grams of fat. Lastly, if you cut the creamy sauce you bring the Smothered Burrito's calorie count to 470 and 13 grams of fat. Of course, your burrito won't be "smothered" anymore, but you get the picture. The online calculator helps you to make choices to get the most satisfying meal for the fewest calories and fat grams.

Remember, everyone likes to indulge once in a while, so you shouldn't feel bad for eating at Taco Bell or any fast food restaurant. Just eat a smaller meal to keep your calorie count in control and skip the high fat side dishes to stay lean.

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