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Taco Bell's healthy menu options

Published 6:00 AM ET, Fri December 2, 2016
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You won't find a children's menu at Taco Bell anymore, but there are still good options for them. The crunchy taco with fire-grilled chicken, paired with black beans, delivers protein and fiber without topping the sodium charts. Andrew Thomas Lee for CNN
Taco Bell's cheese roll-up with tomatoes is simple and satisfying for vegetarians, but to upgrade its nutritional profile, we recommend adding the black beans, which boost fiber and protein. Andrew Thomas Lee for CNN
The black bean burrito without cheese offers 7 grams of filling fiber and contains all certified vegan ingredients. Andrew Thomas Lee for CNN
With the Fresco shredded chicken taco, you get a healthy dose of protein -- 10 grams -- for a relatively small amount of calories. Add black beans for just 80 calories and 5 grams of filling fiber. Andrew Thomas Lee for CNN
The shredded chicken soft tacos, which have 2 grams of sugar, are some of the healthiest items on TB's menu. Low-sugar sides include black beans (less than 1 gram of sugar) and, for a snack, chips and pico de gallo (2 grams of sugar). Andrew Thomas Lee for CNN
The Fresco beef crunchy taco has only 300 milligrams of sodium. We were pleasantly surprised to see that the crunchy taco shell itself is essentially sodium-free. Andrew Thomas Lee for CNN
Taco Bell does not make any gluten-free claims, but you can largely avoid it with the steak power bowl. You also reduce a lot of sodium by avoiding guacamole, cheese, sour cream and rice. But the chips and guacamole side is gluten-free. Andrew Thomas Lee for CNN
The shredded chicken burrito without avocado ranch sauce but with premium Latin rice and cheddar cheese offers a mix of protein and carbs, both necessary for strong, energized muscles, and delivers a healthy dose of performance-boosting iron. Andrew Thomas Lee for CNN
The grilled steak soft tacos aren't just easy to hold, they also offer a moderate amount of carbs and fat, with a dose of satiating protein for long road trips. Andrew Thomas Lee for CNN
If you are strictly limiting carbs, your best bet is to order the fire-grilled chicken power bowl without rice and beans. Andrew Thomas Lee for CNN