Taco Bell launches its long-anticipated (or dreaded) breakfast menu tomorrow, and it’s about as healthy as you’d expect. Though receiving good reviews on taste, Taco Bell is not going to do your health or waistline any favors with their breakfast options.
Though I personally wouldn’t recommend eating Taco Bell any time of day, breakfast there is definitely something to avoid. The breakfast options fit right in with the rest of Taco Bell’s menu when it comes to calorie counts and sodium content.
Instead of rushing out to try breakfast at the nearest Taco Bell, why not make something better for you? Here are some of the Taco Bell breakfast items, and our suggestions of what you could eat instead.
Breakfast Burrito – Sausage: 470 calories, 28 grams of fat, 930 mg of sodium
Try Instead: The Better Breakfast Burrito – We’re not sure what our favorite part of this burrito is: the delicious sausage or that it doesn’t take much time at all to prepare. Combine sausage with a couple eggs, cheese, and peppers in a tortilla, and you have a healthier breakfast without sacrificing any flavor.
Hash Brown: 160 calories, 11 grams of fat, 250 mg of sodium
Try Instead: Parmesan Orange Sweet Potato Hash Browns – Hash browns don’t have to be a sad and greasy patty of starchy white potatoes. Sweet potatoes are widely recognized as a super food, and these hash browns are a great way to make the healthy vegetable a part of any meal.
A.M. Grilled Taco – Egg and Cheese: 170 calories, 9 grams of fat, 330 mg of sodium
Try Instead: Cumin Scrambled Egg Breakfast Tacos – Scrambled egg tacos can come together pretty quickly by using leftover cilantro and unused vegetables from a taco dinner the night before. We love the warm flavor the cumin adds to the dish.
Cinnabon® Delights 4 pack: 310 calories, 18 grams of fat, 160 mg of sodium
Try Instead: Carrot Cake Muffins – These breakfast-approved cupcakes are full of wholesome ingredients, like carrots, Greek yogurt, and whole wheat flour. Did we mention they’re also full of low-fat cream cheese frosting?
Waffle Taco – Bacon: 320 calories, 18 grams of fat, 670 mg of sodium
Try Instead: Bacon, Egg, and Cheese Stuffed Doughnut – If you’re looking for a breakfast combination of sweet and savory, look no further than our stuffed doughnut. They’ll also satisfy any craving for bacon and melty cheese, without any guilt – one doughnut comes in at just 194 calories.
Taco Bell breakfast image from tacobell.com, nutrition information from tacobell.com/nutrition/information, recipe photos by Kacy Meinecke
March 26th, 2014