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Danny’s Fast Food Survival Guide: TACO BELL

tacobellFirst, let me tell you how this idea took shape. I travel all over the world speaking, teaching at seminars and playing music. In doing so, there are times I just cannot help but have to eat at some kind of Fast Food restaurant. Jillian and Bob, on season 8, took us to a restaurant and taught us that there are things you can do to make healthier choices when eating out! I have also learned that there are certain items on the menu that are healthier than others! Notice I AM NOT saying Healthy, but Healthier!

Let’s face it; Fast Food is a part of America. And in the long run, starving for hours and hours on end is NOT an option for me while travelling. The other day, my wife called and asked me what I wanted from Taco Bell. I thought, “WHAT!?!” Then I told her I’d text it to her. I promptly went to their website and downloaded their nutritional information. I then saw SO MANY really BAD choices, but also a few I could live with! “THAT DOES IT,” I thought, “People need to know the better choices, because in reality they are going to eat out now and then!” So my Fast Food Survival Guide was born. I will let you in on what I would choose at a major Fast Food restaurant. These are “Danny’s Choices,” not “Healthy Choices,” but what I’ve found is that with my Biggest Loser experience, I have been very well educated on what I can and cannot have at these places! So here goes, Restaurant 1 is what started it all, TACO BELL:

I found the following choices to be okay at this restaurant. DANGER: If you eat several, though, you WILL GET FAT! 

Fresco Crunchy Taco, 140 Calories
Fresco Chicken Soft Taco: 150 Calories
Fresco Grilled Steak Soft Taco, 150 Calories
Fresco Soft Taco, 170 Calories
Chicken Soft Taco, 170 Calories
Pintos & Cheese, 180 Calories
Black Beans & Rice, 200 Calories
Chips & Corn Salsa, 280 Calories
Black Beans, 80 Calories
Cilantro Rice, 120 Calories
Mexican Rice, 120 Calories

Danny’s Choice: Fresco Chicken Soft Taco. It has 150 Calories, only 35 from fat, and 11 Grams of Protein to 18 Grams of Carbs. Not a bad balance! Sodium is a little high, though.

Runner Up: Fresco Crunchy Taco. It has 140 Calories, but half are fat which I hate, so watch out! Lower sodium than the Fresco Chicken Soft Taco, though!

Honorable Mention: Chicken Soft Taco. It has 170 Calories, only 50 of which are fat, and 12 Grams of Protein to 18 grams of Carbs. Sodium is higher than I like, but compared to the other choices, this one is pretty good.

Best Side: Black Beans. Only 80 Calories, 10 of Fat, and 200 mg of Sodium. Not horrible!

Danny’s Preferred Meal: 1 Fresco Chicken Soft Taco, 1 Fresco Crunchy Taco, and 1 Black Beans. 460 Calories and it is pretty filling!

dannyTHIS IS NOT WHAT I WOULD LOVE TO EAT, but if I have to eat at Taco Bell, this might be an example of what I would order!

Tune in next week for Issue No. 2: McDonald’s!

Is there anything to eat at McDonald’s?

For more information on Danny Cahill, his books, or his journey to being The Biggest Loser ever, visit his website at thedannycahill.com.

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