5 Taco Bell Breakfast Meals With Less Than 400 Calories
Finding healthy(ish) breakfast options at fast food restaurants like Taco Bell can be a struggle. Some meals can deliver a ton of calories, sodium, and fat, which isn’t a great way to start your day. “Grande” breakfast burritos and breakfast “Crunchwraps” at the most popular Mexican restaurant in America all have more than 600 calories and between 1,200 and 1,500 milligrams of sodium; some have more than half of your suggested daily fat intake. But there are better-for-you choices if you know where to look. While none of the options below can replace a wholesome, homemade breakfast, these five Taco Bell breakfast meals all deliver less than 400 calories and may be a healthier option if you need to make a run for the border in the a.m.
All calorie information from Taco Bell.
1. Sausage Flatbread Quesadilla
This breakfast quesadilla consists of scrambled eggs and sausage topped with melted cheese, stuffed inside a gordita flatbread. The whole thing weighs in at 330 calories and has 14 grams of protein and 15% or your daily value of calcium. On the less-savory side, it also has 18 grams of fat, 520 milligrams of sodium, and 120 milligrams of cholesterol. It’s a fine choice, just don’t make it a regular one.
2. Grilled Breakfast Burrito with Sausage and Coffee
Calories: 350 (340 for the burrito and 10 for the coffee)
For a filling morning meal, order the grilled breakfast burrito with sausage. It has 340 calories, 11 grams of protein, 10% of your recommended daily intake of calcium, and 20% of your daily dose of iron. The 730 grams of sodium eat up 30% of your suggested intake for the day, but this menu item is actually less salty than the similar grilled breakfast burritos with bacon or potato. Wash it all down with a cup of hot coffee, which has 10 calories.
3. Hash Brown and a Breakfast Soft Taco with Egg and Cheese
Calories: 330 (160 for the hash brown and 170 for the taco)
Combine two dollar-menu items for a budget-friendly Taco Bell breakfast. The chain’s hash browns are actually “consistently crunchier, and with more potato flavor” than those at McDonald’s, according to Eater. They’re also free of all major allergens and have just 270 milligrams of sodium, less than most breakfast items at Taco Bell. The egg and cheese taco has 10% of your daily value of calcium and 7 grams of protein, but 330 milligrams of sodium. For the occasional breakfast, this is a decent combo.
4. Mini Skillet Bowl and Cinnabon Delights
Calories: 340 (180 for the skillet bowl and 160 for the Cinnabon Delights)
At 180 calories, the Mini Skillet Bowl is one of the lighter options on the Taco Bell breakfast menu. The combo of egg, potato, cheese, and pico de gallo has 11 grams of fat, less than almost every other breakfast option. But it does contain 33% of your recommended daily value of cholesterol and 430 milligrams of sodium. If you have a bit of a sweet tooth, indulging in the two-pack of the Cinnabon Delights adds another 160 calories and 9 grams of fat.
5. Grilled Breakfast Burrito, Fiesta Potato
If you have a hankering for potatoes, a cheesy, potato-filled breakfast burrito is the perfect option. It has the same number of calories as the sausage breakfast burrito and significantly less salt than the cheesy fresco-style bacon option. The cholesterol content is the smallest of the breakfast burritos, too, at 100 milligrams. If you just have to have a burrito from Taco Bell, this is the one to choose.
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Additional reporting by Jordan Porter-Woodruff