Millions of Americans are looking for ways to help them maintain their New Year's resolutions, and this year, just like any other, concerns about waistlines are at the top of many of those lists. Beyond even what consumers are looking for in the New Year, professional chefs foresee nutrition as being one of the hot themes for restaurant menus in 2011, according to a National Restaurant Association survey.
While few people would associate nutrition with Mexican food, Taco Cabana hopes to raise a few eyebrows by highlighting several options on its menu that fall below the 400-calorie mark.
According to many registered dieticians, 400 calories per meal is the amount most people need to feel full and satisfied while still allowing for a variety of tastes and textures, as well as enough nutrients to stay healthy.
Taco Cabana's "4 Under 400 Calories" Cabana Bowls lead the list of those lower-calorie options, and starting at just $3.95, the bowls further the company's tradition of delivering fresh, handmade Mexican food at affordable prices. These specific ingredient combinations were designed to keep the calorie counts at less than 400 per bowl.
Calorie-conscious consumers can select any of the following "4 Under 400 Calories" Cabana Bowl combinations: Fajita400, which is filled with rice, black beans, a fresh blend of lettuce, pico de gallo, sour cream, and salsa roja, with a choice of steak (390 total calories) or chicken (370 total calories); Salad400, which contains a fresh lettuce blend, pico de gallo, shredded cheese, and salsa ranch, with a choice of steak (370 total calories) or chicken (350 total calories); Taco400, which includes black beans, a fresh blend of lettuce, shredded cheese, pico de gallo, and salsa roja, with a choice of beef (370 total calories) or chicken (330 total calories); and Veggie400, which features black beans, a fresh lettuce blend, pico de gallo, shredded cheese, sour cream, and salsa roja, for a total of 280 calories.
Guests interested in custom building their own diet-friendly bowl can visit the interactive “Build Your Own” section of Taco Cabana’s website, which counts the calories of each ingredient as guests build their own bowl.