Tara Gidus

Bacon, Tomato, and Kale Quesadillas

Love quesadillas but want to make them a tad healthier?  Whole grain tortillas are a delicious and easy source of complex carbohydrates—essential muscle fuel for runners. Kale supplies vitamins A, C, and K and avocado is filled with heart healthy monounsaturated fats that are important ingredients in a runner’s diet.  The protein in the cheese is also essential for rebuilding sore muscles.


  • 4- 10 inch whole grain flour tortillas
  • 1 Hass avocado, pitted, peeled and mashed
  • 1 cup shredded reduced-fat sharp cheddar cheese
  • 4 slices center-cut bacon, cooked and crumbled
  • 1 large tomato, diced
  • 1 cup chopped kale


  1. Spread avocado evenly on each tortilla.
  2. Top each tortilla with with cheese, bacon, kale and tomatoes; fold in half.
  3. Heat a 12-inch skillet over medium heat.
  4. Place two quesadillas on heated non-stick grill pan and cook for 5 minutes on each side until golden brown and cheese is melted.
  5. Repeat with remaining quesadillas and cut each quesadilla into 4 wedges.

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Known as the "Diet Diva," Tara Gidus is a nationally acclaimed nutrition expert and the official nutritionist of runDisney.