Dining at Denny’s

Generally speaking, diners are not your best choice if you’re watching your calories. That said, we ended up at Denny’s for dinner last night because of a change in travel plans. That sometimes happens when we’re on the road, so you just kind of have to go with it. In any case, believe it or not we were able to have a nutritionally decent meal at the big yellow sign diner.

I have to say though, that Denny’s doesn’t make it easy to eat healthy — or at least healthier — at their restaurants. They used to have all of their nutritional information on-line, but since they started promoting their bacon and maple syrup sundae, it mysteriously disappeared. Go figure.

Still, I had my old spreadsheet from when they did post their nutritional information, and I’m thinking with the entrees we picked, it hasn’t changed that much.

Basically we ordered from the senior menu, which is the only way to great a realistic portion at Denny’s. Otherwise they just pile it on. Granted I’m not technically eligible for the senior menu, but I’ve never been questioned. As long as you aren’t a teen or in your 20s, then I think they just let it go.

In any case, I ordered the grilled chicken senior plate, with green beans and mashed potatoes. It also came with biscuits (which I didn’t eat) and a small side salad. I asked for the dressing on the side, but the waitress forgot and I was too tired to make a fuss. So I just kind of picked around and got some lettuce without the dressing. It was all kind of glopped in one spot, so it worked.

In the end, the meal weighed in at 375 calories and around 1100 mg. sodium. Not bad for dinner in a diner. And to top it off we got a 10% discount for showing our AARP card. So in the end we made out well nutritionally and financially. We didn’t have to order food we wouldn’t eat, and we got a discount on the food we did eat. How can you beat that??


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