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Taco Bell to Offer Low Cal Items on New Cantina Power Menu

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The words “fast food” and “low calorie” don’t usually go together, however Taco Bell is hoping to change that with their new Cantina Power Menu. The fast food giant is looking to attract health-nuts, or at the very least fast-food junkies who might be on a diet, with their new lighter menu options.

Taco Bell already offers fresher, bolder items on their Cantina Bell Menu, considering how similar these items are to the new Cantina Power menu, it is very possible that the fast food chain revamped its recipes to create more diet friendly alternatives.

The new menu boast over 20 grams of protein and all clock in under 500 calories. The high-protein, low calorie entrees includes bowls and burritos packed with guacamole, lettuce, pico de gallo, and your choice of white-meat chicken or steak.

Taco Bell will also begin testing a Power Breakfast concept as soon as August. Testing will start in Omaha, Nebraska, similar to the Cantina Power Menu the Power Breakfast menu includes breakfast burritos, bowls, and even Greek yogurt.

The new Cantina Power Menu launches on July 18, but before your new Taco Bell diet starts why not get your fill of quesaritos?

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By Ashley Khawsy

Ashley believes in breakfast for dinner, sushi burritos, and the fact that there's always room for dessert. She moonlights as a pastry chef baking up sweet treats for her business, Smashbakes.

6 replies on “Taco Bell to Offer Low Cal Items on New Cantina Power Menu”

I think it may be beneficial for food giants to try to attract people who may be really concsious about the food they eat. I guess, a way to eat without weight gain remorse may be to have some kind of plan or habits that takes care of the extra calories.

With that being said, the ability to lose weight without having to always say no to tasty meat may be advantageous. I shared some of my thoughts on this page where I also linked to a page with a video related to an effective weight loss system that I tended to discard until very recently:

I think that food is here to be eaten. Thus, I do not believe in having to completely stop eating delicious, healthy and lawful food to lose weight.

If it can be done for the long term, what is the point?

Most people who are conscious of everything they eat don’t eat at fast food restaurants in the first place.

With that said, anyone can eat at a fast food place without the worry of weight gain. I could eat at McDonald’s every day and still lose weight. It’s a matter of calories in vs calories burned. It ain’t rocket science.

And who said one has to stop eating delicious food to lose weight? Your messages here are sort of mixed, you’re contradicting yourself. Some of the best tasting food is healthy, wholesome foods made right from home.

Don’t get me wrong, I love Taco Bell — but since other fast food places have tried and failed to appeal to the ‘diet-conscious’ public, I’m not sure this will go over very big either. Regardless of how healthy you try and make food at a fast food place, there are still some people out there who will say “haha, you’re all fooling yourselves because there will always be something in the food (the cheap meats, the plastic cheese and, like Steve Graves said below, the sodium content) that is NOT particularly good for you.”

It’s fast food, for god’s sake. Nobody goes to a fast food ‘restaurant’ to eat healthfully.

They already have lighter menu options with the fresco style stuff. With the exception of adding more protein with disgusting Greek yogurt, it’s not going to be much different, I don’t think.

I was over weight and tried so many things. Different things work for different people and I was lucky enough to find one that worked for me. I lost 18 pounds in one month without much exercise and it’s been a life changer. I’m a little embarrased to post my before and after photos here but if anyone actually cares to hear what I’ve been doing then I’d be happy to help in any way. Just shoot me an email at and I’ll show you my before and after photos, and tell you about how things are going for me with the stuff I’ve tried.

I lost 40lbs in 12 weeks following a diet and fitness program recommended which focuses on the two things we know are good for us: a healthy BALANCED diet combined with a cardio regime. It really is that simple. There is no need to over-complicate things and it is not rocket-science.

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