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The Healthiest Taco Bell Items, According to Redditors

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Low(er)-Cal Cuisine

Known for its cheese-encased burritos, greasy chalupas, and dye-filled freezes, Taco Bell isn’t exactly healthy (duh). That said, a bean burrito is a whole lot better than some of the fast-food chain’s heftier queso-filled offerings. So what should you eat if you’re hankering for Taco Bell but don’t want to ruin a month’s worth of dieting? According to the chain's superfans on Reddit, the healthiest Taco Bell items include the Power Menu Bowl, fresco-style tacos, and the Fiesta Veggie Burrito — and there's more. 

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Fresco-Style Crunchy Taco

Price: $1.69

Calories: 140

Pro tip: You can order almost any item at Taco Bell “fresco style,” which substitutes caloric cheeses and sauces with diced tomatoes (also great if you’re vegan). The fresco-style Crunchy Taco is one of the chain’s lowest-calorie options, and it comes with seasoned beef, lettuce, and tomatoes.

taco bell's power menu bowl
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Power Menu Bowl

Price: $6.29

Calories: 420-460


You can order this burrito bowl with or without chicken for a healthier, veggie-filled Taco Bell meal that comes with tomatoes, lettuce, rice, beans, cheese, and guacamole. The chicken bowl is loaded with 27 grams of protein, though it’s also high in sodium.


taco bell's fiesta veggie burrito
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Fiesta Veggie Burrito

Price: $2
Calories: 570


Though the fiesta veggie burrito is by no means the healthiest Taco Bell item, it’s loaded with goodies, like sour cream and cheese, and yet manages to be lower in calories than many of the meat-filled burritos. Still, it’s packed with over 1,000 milligrams of sodium and 8 grams of saturated fat.

Taco Bell's Chipotle Ranch Grilled Chicken Burrito
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Chipotle Ranch Grilled Chicken Burrito

Price: $2

Calories: 510


If you must have a burrito, you could do a lot worse than Taco Bell’s chicken option. It's both high in protein and (relatively) low in calories and sodium.


Taco Bell's Cheesy Bean and Rice Burrito
Taco Bell

Cheesy Bean and Rice Burrito

Price: $1

Calories: 420


Sure, the Cheesy Bean and Rice Burrito might not be the most flavorful item on Taco Bell’s menu, but it is cheap, vegetarian, and only 420 calories.


Taco Bell's Black Bean Crunchwrap Supreme
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Black Bean Crunchwrap Supreme

Price: $4.39

Calories: 520


It may just be 20 calories fewer than its meatier twin, but every calorie counts if you’re dieting while at Taco Bell. Order it fresco style (440 calories) if you want the healthiest Crunchwrap possible. 


Taco Bell's Veggie Mexican Pizza
Taco Bell

Veggie Mexican Pizza

Price: $4.49

Calories: 470


The Mexican pizza is back … and it’s sort of healthy? At the very least, it's one of the lowest sodium options on this list (690 milligrams), so it could be a good choice for hypertensive Taco Bell fans.


Taco Bell Fire Sauce
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Sauce Packets

Price: Free!

Calories: 0


Not only is it zero calories (OK, how?), but the sauce packets — from the diablo to the hot sauce — are also free! You can’t get any healthier than that.


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Water

Price: Free!

Calories: 0


We saved Taco Bell’s healthiest menu item for last. This clear concoction is meat-free, sodium-free, sugar-free, and 100% guilt-free. It also comes out of the tap!