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Midnight Food Runs: Fear the Burrito

You know it’s the sign of a good weekend when you find yourself at a Taco Bell drive up, closer to midnight than not, and toting two inebriated friends in the car. Oh yeah, it just makes for a nice change of pace, and makes you feel young and rebellious again.

That’s how my friends and I ended our Saturday last weekend. I needed a chicken burrito, and ended up with that, and a re-fried bean one, while my cohort Kyle ended up with a 5-layer, and a volcano burrito to top of his SoCo filled stomach. Oh the shenanigans we twenty-somethings can get into.

Well, besides the craziness of the situation, it still doesn’t top when another friend of mine ordered everything under the word burrito…yeah, you heard me right. Still, this is about the food. I’m a big fan of the chicken burrito at Taco Bell. It’s simple, and tasty. That said, I still wanted to try the re-fried bean burrito as, well, I like re-fried beans. Aaaaaaand that’s what I got. It was re-fried beans wrapped in a tortilla. That’s it. It was a bean log. And if that doesn’t conjure a nasty image, then you’re not trying hard enough. It was…well, I won’t get it again.

There you go, three crazy guys and a bad burrito (and three tastier burritos). Yeah, weekends are fun.

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Weight Watchers Goes Out: Taco Bell Fresco Decoded

Oh chain restaurants, how America loves thee. Still, I’m not here to trash them. I won’t lie, I enjoy going out to them, and even rocked some Taco Bell last evening for dinner.

Taco Bell is still a novelty too me, so I’m almost always good to go there. Growing up, the nearest “Big” town had the classic three: McDonald’s, Burger King, and Wendy’s. I was always a big Wendy’s guy, but now I favor BK, and the Wendy’s is getting replaced by a DQ…I digress. What I’m really here to talk about is how to stay on the Weight Watchers wagon at a place like Taco Bell. Luckily, Taco Bell has joined the health craze with their Fresco Diet Menu.

Weight Watcher’s Points for Fresco Menu

  • Fresco Bean Burrito: 7 Points
  • Fresco Burrito Supreme – Chicken: 7 Points
  • Fresco Burrito Supreme – Steak: 6 Points
  • Fresco Crunchy Taco: 3 Points
  • Fresco Grilled Steak Soft Taco: 3 Points
  • Fresco Ranchero Chicken Soft Taco: 3 Points
  • Fresco Soft Taco: 4 Points

So there you have it: nothing on the Fresco Menu is particularly crippling, and you can actually fair better than at some of the Bell’s competitors. Still, the key here is that when you start combining items, you can lose that fiber bonus as most of these items are loaded fiber already. The Bean Burrito alone boasts 11g of the stuff. Mmmmm fiber. Still, walk away with a burrito, and a chicken soft taco, and you’re doing pretty well for a trip to the fast food place. I know where to go when I want to be bad and good at the same time now.

McDonalds.com Gets a Face-Lift

Fast food chains are now a part of every persons life. Whether you eat at them regularly, count how many you see on your ride to work, or simply marvel at how different ones pop up across the street from others, we all know about fast food restaurants.

Personally when I’m following my diet, I avoid fast food, and only indulge on particular days. Even then, I usually am a Burger King, or Taco Bell guy. Still, sometimes I do end up under the golden arches, and have often been curious about what, nutritionally, is really going in my gut. For a long time, getting this information from McDonald’s was a chore. There nutritional info was in one large, cumbersome, and frankly, hard to read spreadsheet/pdf thingy. (Yes I described it as a thingy)

Well to normal patrons, and dieters sheer, they have updated their site. The new MacDonalds.com allows for easier searching of their food, with easy to find, read, and customize nutritional information. How many calories do you save from the standard Big Mac without the special sauce? Uncheck the box in the nutrition, and it will tell you!

Now, I still don’t recommend McDonald’s to dieters. It’s like willing walking into a minefield with the difficulty set to high. Still, I give it to McDonald’s for helping us out by at least making it easier for us to find out how many laps we should run after a meal.

Keene, NH KFC Fail

Kyle's LunchThis just in folks. I have just heard from my field test subject field reporter Kyle in his quest to try one of KFC‘s new Double Down sandwiches.  Apparently  we are no go, with Keene, NH’s KFC failing to provide the goods.

To the left is what the poor soul had to suffer through instead. It’s horrible to have to eat Popcorn chicken, Macaroni and cheese, and of course the Baja Mt. Dew instead of the much desired Double Down. Bacon Ranch Tostada

Oh, and if you’re wondering, yes this is a KFC/Taco Bell combo…This also means that he followed up the above meal with a Bacon Ranch Tostada. He may have failed, but he reports that he is full and happy.