Breakfast · Pork · Poultry · Recipe Makover · Under 200 calories

Taco Bell Breakfast Review (With A Healthy Alternative!)

Maybe it is because I am surrounded by college students, but around East Lansing the new TacoBell breakfast has been the talk of the town. Now, I have been known to eat some crazy things for breakfast (Ice cream, cake, pizza, etc.) but I think food from a “Mexican Restaurant” is where I draw the line. (They do have a pretty funny commercial, I give them credit on that!! Check it out here)

Here is what they are offering up

Waffle Tacos (Sausage, bacon)
A.M. Crunchwrap (Steak, sausage, bacon)
Cinnabon Delights
Flatbread Melt (Sausage)
Breakfast Burrito (Sausage and Egg, Bacon, sausage)
A.M. Grilled Taco (Sausage)
Hash browns

Personally, I just can’t get past the sausage waffle taco. Who thinks of this stuff??? It weighs in at 370 calories, 23g fat (that’s 56% of calories from fat!) 115 mg cholesterol and 550 mg sodium. I was actually kind of surprised by the overall calories; I thought it was going to be more. My question though is how many people are going to be eating just one of these for breakfast? Chances are they will order a hash brown (160 calories and 11g of fat) some Cinnabon delights (310 calories and 18g fat for a mere 4 of them) and maybe some good ol’ Tropicana OJ (140 calories and 0g fat… that is if they stick with the small glass). Add that all up and you get 980 calories and 52 g of fat. Based on a 2,000 calorie diet this is nearly half of your daily allowance in one meal and you have almost used up all your allotted fat (about 66g or 600 calories, you want to aim for less than 30% of total calories)

Tacobell

The item with the highest calories on the menu is the 12-pack of Cinnabon Delights (930 calories and 53g of fat!). The runner-up was the A.M. Sausage Crunchwrap (710 calories and 46g of fat)

If you are dying to hop on the TacoBell Breakfast bandwagon I would suggest opting for the A.M. Egg and Cheese Grilled Taco (170 calories and 9g of fat)

Find the full nutrition info for the breakfast menu here

Or, you could create your own crazy concoction in the comfort of your own home; here is one I have created if you need a little guidance

Maple Egg & Bacon Whole Wheat Crepes

For the Crepes (Yield: about 12 crepes)

2 eggs (One whole, one just the white)
About 1/8 tsp salt
1 cup whole wheat flour
1 ¼ cup skim milk
Non-stick cooking spray

First, beat the whole egg and egg white together until frothy. Add salt, stir. In small amounts add in the flour and milk (be sure to alternate between the two, it will help with the lumps!) Place a pan on the stove and get it nice and hot. Spray it with the non-stick spray and pour about ¼ cup of the crepe batter on in. Tilt the pan and coat the entire bottom with the batter, it will make a nice thin layer. The crepes will cook really fast; only about 30 second per side (you will see a few bubbles when they are almost done, like when you make pancakes)

Fill each crepe with a scoop of scrambled eggs (You can do all whole eggs, or you can mix a couple whole eggs with a couple egg whites, the choice is up to you), a slice of lean turkey bacon (if you aren’t a fan of turkey bacon, just go for the real stuff! I am not a big pork fan, so this is my choice), and a drizzle of maple syrup.

Each of these will have about 120 calories and roughly 3g of fat. Go ahead and have a couple with some fresh berries and a nice cup of joe.

Let me know whatcha think!

Have a fantastic Saturday everyone!

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