These healthy taco bowls make a large, nutrient-packed portion to satisfy your taco cravings without compromising your goals.
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The Secret to Healthy Tacos…
There are few foods I crave more than tacos, and I know many of you will relate! When I’m helping patients transform their eating habits to become healthier, finding substitutes for tacos always seems to be a topic of discussion.
When it comes to maximizing the portion sizes you’re eating while still meeting your nutritional targets (calories or macros), volume is key. In other words, you’re trying to eat as much nutrient-dense food as you can while staying within your calorie target that leads to weight loss or giving your body the most health benefits possible at each meal.
There’s no better way to maximize volume than packing low-calorie, micronutrient-rich vegetables into your meal.
And this recipe packs in fajita-style veggies in a major way, so you can enjoy a large, delicious taco bowl portion for 426 calories, after adding all the toppings!
Healthy Taco Bowls Recipe
If you haven’t already read my post about the importance of healthy meal prep, then take a moment to check that out first. It will provide you with the inspiration you need to spend just 20 minutes cooking this delicious recipe in order to have lunch or dinner ready for the entire week!
This recipe makes 8 servings, so it can easily serve as your lunch all week long, or as a healthy dinner (with leftovers!) if you’re cooking for your family or friends.
Step One: Chop the Veggies!
Step Two: Prepare the Spice Blend
My favorite taco spice blend is from AllRecipes– just mix these spices together in a small bowl: 1 Tbsp chili powder, 1/4 tsp garlic powder, 1/4 tsp onion powder, 1/4 tsp red pepper flakes, 1/4 tsp dried oregano, 1/2 tsp paprika, 1 1/2 tsp ground cumin, 1 tsp salt, and 1 tsp black pepper.
If you don’t yet have a good collection of spices, check out this organic spice collection and my other recommendations for must-have healthy pantry staples!
Step Three: Cooking Made Easy!
In pan #1: add 2 lbs of ground chicken (preferably organic) + all of the spice blend. I usually throw in a spoonful of minced garlic as well. Mix the chicken around until it is cooked. Once it is cooked, cover and remove from heat.
In pan #2: add in all the veggies, cover, and cook until soft (usually 10-15 minutes). If you like your food to be extra flavorful, sprinkle some chili powder, garlic powder, onion powder, paprika, and cumin on the veggies before covering it. Just 1 tsp of each will do the trick.
Combine the two pans at the end mix the seasoned ground chicken and veggies together.
Step Four: Serve!
To serve, add 3/4 cup of the chicken and veggie mix to a bowl and add 1/2 cup black beans.
The nutrition facts (including the beans) are: 311 calories, 12g fat, 25g carbohydrates, 9g fiber, 5g sugar, and 30g protein.
I personally add 1/4 of a medium avocado (+60 calories) and 1/8 cup of shredded Mexican blend cheese (+55 calories) to mine for a total of just 426 calories!
This is a large, filling portion and is packed with flavor from all the tasty spices. This is an option for healthy meal prep that I know you’ll keep coming back to (I certainly do!).
Dr. Schulte’s Summary
One of the best ways to make your calorie target (or nutrition goals) stretch as far as possible is to focus on eating foods that are nutrient dense, while also being lower in calories. Adding veggies to your favorite dishes is a perfect way to achieve this! Today’s chicken taco recipe incorporates many vegetables to create a large, satisfying portion size. After topping the chicken and veggies with black beans, avocado, and shredded cheese, this meal is just 426 calories!
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What are your favorite taco bowl toppings?
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