Powerhouse Tacos In Less Than 15 Minutes!

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When you’re talkin’ tacos, you’re not usually talkin’ about a healthy or low-cal meal. Greasy and fattening come to mind!

But what if we told you that our food sleuths have uncovered a Mexican feast that’s convenient, super healthy, low-cal and inexpensive? But wait señor, there’s more!

You’ll whip up this taco feast at home in less than 15 minutes, your family will love the taste, and you can feed four to six people for as little as $10 bucks! You’re probably calling us crazy, right?

Well crazy we ain’t. We’ve found a taco dinner kit that’s all that… and a bag of chips!

Case in Point: Garden of Eatin’® Taco Dinner Kits


Nutrition Facts: Serving Size: 2 Taco Shells, 7.5g (3tsp) seasoning mix, 14g (3 tsp) taco sauce.

Per serving: Calories 150, Fat 6g, Saturated Fat 0g, Trans Fat 0g, Sodium 600mg, Fiber 1g, Protein 2g. (Includes a total of six servings in all)

Ingredients: Taco Shells: organic stoneground blue corn masa flour, expeller pressed canola oil and/or safflower oil and/or sunflower oil. Taco Sauce: organic tomatoes, organic green chili, water, jalapeño, lime juice, garlic powder, salt. Taco Seasoning: organic rice flour, sea salt, spices, organic evaporated cane juice, organic onion powder, paprika, organic garlic powder, dehydrated onion, citric acid, organic sunflower oil, extractive of paprika, yeast extract, silicon dioxide (as anticaking).

Note: Garden of Eatin’ offers taco dinner kits with yellow corn shells too.

Decoding the Fine Print

This organic taco dinner kit comes with the shells, taco sauce and seasonings. But here’s what you won’t get: The trans fat, saturated fat, sodium benzoate and artificial colors that are found in most popular brand-name taco kits.

Best-selling brands like Old El Paso, Taco Bell and Ortega come in convenient kits too. But those kits come crammed with junk ingredients that are bad for your health and your waistline. Do yourself a favor and keep those brands on the shelf where they belong.

Note: The second-to-last ingredient listed on the Garden of Eatin’ Taco Kit label is yeast extract, which is a chemical taste enhancer that contains MSG. As savvy eBrandAid members know, ingredients are listed in order from most to least, so there is probably only a dusting of MSG in each serving. We’re overlooking this small amount of MSG because we believe the other health benefits more than balance it out.

Powerhouse Tacos

Okay, back to business. We’ve told you that the Garden of Eatin’ taco dinner kit is the best brand to buy, so how do you make a good thing even better? You read on for the Brand Doctor’s step-by-step instructions on how to churn out powerhouse tacos for your family in a flash.

First, we suggest going the super healthy (and frugal) route. Bypass the meat and opt instead for either black or pinto beans. Beans are a super food because they’re low in fat and high in fiber and antioxidants, and the price is right – just pennies per serving! The slow-cooking kind are best, but the low-sodium canned beans are a good choice too.

Next, load up on your favorite fruit and veggies like shredded lettuce, tomatoes, avocados, onions and peppers. The more, the merrier when it comes to these superstars!

Lastly, top your tacos with a pinch of low-fat shredded mozzarella cheese, some salsa and a dollop of reduced-fat sour cream.

To sum up, you’ll save…

  • MONEY: The taco kit costs less than $5. The beans and veggies go for about $4 more. The rest of the bargain price tag comes from the sour cream and cheese.
  • CALORIES: A meal of two fully loaded tacos packs less than 500 calories!
  • TIME: It takes less than 15 minutes to prep your taco feast.
  • HEALTH: The health benefits of this taco feast are PRICELESS!

Bottom Line: Buy foods from our BestBrands list and you’ll find that you can still enjoy your favorite meals and eat healthy at the same time!

Reality Check

Before you dash off to your local grocery store, make sure they stock these scrumptious kits. Check out the Garden of Eatin website’s “Where to Buy Section.”

If your local grocery store doesn’t carry the taco kits, ask the manager to special order them. They should be happy to do so.

Can’t wait? You can buy the taco kits online from any of these convenient online shopping sources. Note: Prices vary from one online store to the next so it pays to shop around:

Natural Grocers

Manna Harvest

Remember, when you’re armed with a little eBrandAid know-how, you’re in control at the grocery store.

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In Our Opinion: The information contained in the eBrandAid e-newsletters is strictly based on the opinions of the eBrand Doctors. We have created a set of guidelines that we believe will help shoppers to better understand and decode food labels on products found in most grocery stores. Our mission is to help shoppers find the healthier brands that have the least amount of chemicals and other junk ingredients.

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