Walk Talk Nutrition visits Taco Bell

The new Waffle Taco. We weren't impressed

The new Waffle Taco. We weren’t impressed

The Walk Talk Nutrition RD team visits Taco Bell.  Twice.  In less than a week.  We wanted to check out the new breakfast menu.  It’s being promoted with humorous TV ads, poking fun at McDonald’s.  No problem with humor, and truthfully the ads aren’t trying to make the new items look healthy, just appealing, convenient and not messy.

But what if you want a breakfast that’s lower calorie, or somewhat healthy?  The Crunchwrap may not be messy, but it’s around 700 calories.  And if you’re trying to lose weight, a Cinnabon Delight 12 pack would be a really poor choice.  What about the anti-McMuffin Waffle Taco?  Here are some nutrition comparisons:

  • Sausage Waffle Taco: 370 calories, 23 grams fat, 12 grams protein
  • Sausage Egg McMuffin: 440 calories, 27 grams fat, 21 grams protein
Fresco Chicken Burrito Supreme

Fresco Chicken Burrito Supreme

We tried several items.  On our first foray, Kathy tried the very modest Grilled Egg and Cheese Taco (170 calories) and was hungry 10 minutes later.  On our second visit, we switched to the Fresco menu, and she chose the Chicken Burrito Supreme (330 calories).  2 hours later she was hungry.

Our Bottom Line: if you’re trying to make healthier choices and/or control calories, Taco Bell has some OK choices.  The Fresco menu is your best bet.  And resist the value deals that include a sugary drink and side dish.

Fresco Steak Taco

Fresco Steak Taco

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