Taco Salad 3 Ways


Today is Taco Salad day here at Gwen’s Nest, on this fine Trim Healthy Tuesday.  I’ve been asked to blog about how I like to eat my taco salad, and my answer is–ANY way you make it! I love tacos and Mexi-fare so much that it pretty much has its own day on my weekly menu.

Today, I’m sharing a FUN FIND for making THM Taco Salads, a VENN diagram of Trim Healthy Taco Salads.  Which is a great visual for how to make a taco salad one of 3 ways: S, E or Fuel Pull.

AWESOME THM Taco Salad Bowl Maker

When sticking with Trim Healthy Mama versions of taco salad, you do wave goodbye to corn chips (unless you can find baked blue corn chips, but those seem to be as rare as unicorn teeth).  However, you can enjoy low carb tortillas, baked into one of THESE:


And I found them at the Dollar Tree of all places!  Pop in your favorite low carb tortilla, with a tiny spritz of oil, and bake until crisp (though not quite as crisp as my version).P1110574

THM Taco Salad Venn Diagram

Confused about what to put on your Taco Salad?  Fear not!  Here is an easy visual aid:


Armed with this info, you can go forth and enjoy countless Mexican creations and be confidently on plan. I like to start with a healthy serving of greens as the base for ALL of my taco salads.  FAR healthier than the base of chips that I used to use.  I like to cut my lettuce into fine shreds for this for family meals.  If I’m throwing together lunch for myself, I just grab a handful of lettuce out of the pre-washed lettuce container that lives in my fridge.

  • In the mood for a decadent and creamy S style taco salad?  Enjoy with real sour cream, cheese, avocado, and any of the Fuel Pull ingredients that interest you.
  • Want to keep it light and in the E zone?  Stick with the Fuel Pull items in your base salad, and fuel up with a serving of E carbs.  Easy peasy!  Gotta have cheese?  Stick with light cheese, and keep the total fat under 5 grams for your E or Fuel Pull salads.
  • And you’d be surprised at how filling and satisfying a Fuel Pull taco salad can be.  I was amazed at how perfect thick and tart 0% Greek yogurt is at standing in for sour cream.  Seriously impressive!

If you’re looking for good recipes, here are two of my favorites (click photos to open links in a new window)

lime-chicken-soft-tacosAnd this one for my homemade taco seasoning…delish!

P1110121Stacy is sharing her recipe for Chicken Fried Steak this week over at StacyMakesCents!  YUM!

And now for LOTS more Trim & Healthy Inspiration…


Here are my top 3 posts from last week:

(click to open them in a new window)

Trim Healthy Tuesdays

Drumstick Dessert [S]

Trim Healthy Tuesdays

Trim Healthy Mama Tuesday – Refrigerator Rye Bread (E)


Trim Healthy Tuesdays

Chicken Carbonara Recipe [S]

The post from last week with the most visits was this one

Finally, a real, Low-Carb Peanut Butter Cookie!

And now for this weeks Trim Healthy Tuesday Posts!

Please see updated posting guidelines below the linky.
Thanks so much for joining Stacy & I on Trim Healthy Tuesdays!

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See the little blue “Add Your Link” box just above? CLICK IT if you want to add your Trim Healthy Mama link to this post…we want to see it!
Psst…the Name blank means the name of your recipe or blog post. And you’re welcome, because I’ve already screwed that up nicely myself.

Trim Healthy Tuesday Linked Posts Guidelines

  1. Accepted post topics will be: Trim Healthy Mama related recipes, kitchen tips, weekly menu, ‘how to’ articles, or exercise tips, and MODEST before and after photos may be attached to any of the above. Please do not link personal progress reports or non-THM recipes.
  2. You may post links from YOUR blog to recipes that are Trim Healthy Mama friendly. They can be S (satisfying), E (energizing), FP (Fuel Pull), or Crossovers. Please note which of these categories your recipe falls under. Nutrition information for your recipe is helpful, but not mandatory.
  3. Please respect the copyright of the book, and do not post recipes from the Trim Healthy Mama book on your blog. You MAY post recipes that you’ve changed up to make your own, but nothing verbatim from the book.
  4. Please link your post back to one of the hosting blogs above: Gwen’s Nest or Stacy Makes Cents. Your link will show up on both blogs! DO NOT LINK TO THE HOMEPAGE – instead link directly to this Trim Healthy Tuesday post: http://www.gwens-nest.com/?p=2867
  5. Please post no more than 3 links each week.
  6. Post new links from your blog each week – do not post the same link each week.
  7. You may include recipes with “Splenda” and other similar products or foods that are considered “compromise foods”, but please note that in the recipe, and either make them optional or offer substitutions for on plan items if possible. Please do not use ingredients that are off plan…like white potatoes.
  8. No giveaways or advertising-only type posts are allowed. You may post about cookbooks that you like and you may include affiliate links, but the post MUST be THM friendly. Example – posting about an eCookbook that you like is acceptable when telling how it can help with THM. Posting about a cookbook just so you can sell it is NOT acceptable.
  9. Any post that does not meet the guidelines outlined above will be considered Spam and will be deleted.
  10. Though it’s not required, it would be polite if you would link directly to the Trim Healthy Mama website in each of your posts – they’ve done so much to help us all, and we’d like to increase their traffic. www.trimhealthymama.com
  11. For help with determining where your recipes fall, visit Gwen’s THM Quick Start Guide.



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  1. Stacy says

    Yummorama! We had E Taco Salad night at one of my THM meetings – and it was very popular. :-) Love the diagrahm.

  2. Rashel says

    I love your chart you included to show which category it would fall into, brilliant! Thank you for selecting me as a featured post from last week, how awesome!!

  3. cincapri says

    I love that diagram. I’m such a visual person that seeing it really helps! I love tacos and taco salad. I did try the Josephs Pita Chips with my homemade beans last week. Yum!

    Love all your THM posts!


  4. Wanda says

    The Venn diagram is pure genius for a sometimes befuddled THM newbie like me. Do you have any others tucked away???

  5. Teresa Davis says

    I love your chart for the Taco Salad Three Ways….it is so helpful for starting out on THM Plan. Do you have one for side salads with the different meals. Being new to THM i get confused on what should go on salads with the different meals. I know it is easy to make them crossovers. A chart for the fridge would be helpful while still trying to read through the book.

    • says

      Hi Teresa! :) You could print this one and use it, and make little notes on what components of regular salads go into which part: nuts, cheese, oils, avocado, fatty meats, etc. would be S; chicken, lowfat lunch meats, lettuce, cucumbers, and veggies are FP. A full serving (over 15 grams) of rice, fruits, or blueberries would be E. Hope that helps! :)