Friday, July 13, 2007

Taco Bell vs. Homemade

The other day a friend of mine craved Taco Bell. She craved it so much, she was ready to pick some up on her way home from work. But, being diet conscious, she didn't really want to spend the points. Taco Bell can be point-laden, depending on what you order. For a decent-sized 9 pt. meal you could have 2 hard taco supremes fresco style (with beef, lettuce, tomatoes and salsa) and a side of pintos and cheese fresco style (beans, red sauce, and salsa). For the same amount of points though I can recreate two regular style taco supremes with beans and cheese for the same point value. And, it's actually better than eating Taco Bell in the first place.

Taco Bell
2 Taco Supreme®
(seasoned ground beef, cheese, tomato, lettuce, and sour cream)
1 order of Pintos n' Cheese
(refried beans and cheese, no red sauce)

2 homemade taco "supremes"
(seasoned extra lean ground beef (at least 92% lean), 2 tbsp shredded Kraft 2% milk sharp cheddar cheese, tomato, lettuce, and 1 tbsp fat free sour cream)
1/2 cup fat-free refried beans with 2 tbsp shredded Kraft 2% milk sharp cheddar cheese 2

My point is, sometimes Taco Bell can be convenient, but if you want to save 4 points and have something taste less healthier than it really is for you — make it at home.

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