I love taco salads, but the fat and calories can really add up in a hurry, especially in the retaurant versions, making them a real dietary disaster!
According to Taco Bell’s nutrition information, their taco salad weighs in with a hefty 780 calories, 42 g fat, 74 g carbs, 11 g fiber and 26 g protein for a Weight Watchers Points Plus value (PPV) of 20. The chicken taco salad at Culver’s, is a little better – 526 calories, 25 g fat, 42 g carbs, 2 g fiber, 33 g protein and 14 PPV.
But that’s still way too many for most of us living the Weight Watchers lifestyle trying to stay within our daily PointsPlus target.
That’s why I prefer to make and eat my taco salads at home where I can control of the quantity and quality of ingredients I use. It satisfies my cravings for Mexican food without using up too many Points. By using lots of vegetables and going light on the meat, beans, and cheese, it’s possible to create a delicious satisfying taco salad that will fill you up; not out!
Here’s an example of an easy healthy taco salad I made for lunch yesterday with just 7 PointsPlus. We had Mom over for tacos on Sunday night, so there were lots of great leftovers and other yummy ingredients in the fridge and pantry to work with.