Eating Healthy at IHOP

IHOP's Simple & Fit Turkey Bacon & Swiss Omelette, with a side order of fresh fruit.

Although we eat out a lot on the road, I haven’t been in an International House of Pancakes (IHOP) for over 10 years. It’s not that I have anything against them, it’s just that I’m not a huge pancake fan. But as you all probably know, IHOP goes well beyond pancakes these days. And since they now have a Simple & Fit Menu, I felt it was time to check out what they have to offer. And I have to say, I was very impressed.

Sure, you can certainly go overboard in an IHOP, but to be fair, that’s true of just about any restaurant. Case and point is the woman in the booth behind us, who ordered a Belgian waffle breakfast with extra whipped cream and butter and a side of onion rings.

But that’s not the way we went. Both Charles and I tried breakfast entrees from the Simple & Fit Menu.

I had the Simple & Fit Turkey Bacon & Swiss Omelette with a side order of fresh fruit. It was very filling; and in fact, I couldn’t finish it all. I will say that it needed a little kick to it, so I added some salsa and some Mrs. Dash (that I carry along with me). But all in all it was pretty good, and at 420 calories and 720 mg. sodium, not a bad brunch option.

IHOP's Simple & Fit Blueberry Harvest Grain and Nut Combination.

Charles had the Simple & Fit Blueberry Harvest Grain and Nut Combination, which included some blueberry pancakes topped with sliced bananas and some scrambled eggs. Again, it was good and filling and had 560 calories and 1040 mg. sodium. Not horrible in the sodium department for brunch on the road, but if you need a lower sodium dish then you might want to try the Veggie Omelette which has only 320 calories and 420 mg. sodium. It also comes with a fresh fruit cup.

The Simple & Fit Menu items all have less than 600 calories. The breakfast entrees are made with egg substitute and include fresh fruit instead of hash browns. I ordered my entrée with real eggs because I’m not watching my cholesterol as closely as Charles; but Charles reported that the egg substitute tasted OK (and he’s usually pretty picky about that). And like I said, the dishes could use some herbal seasonings, so bring along your own blend to spice it up a bit. Healthy fare does not have to be bland!!

All in all, I think IHOP did a good job with their Simple & Fit Menu, which also includes lunch and dinner items. I’m just glad they are addressing the market and putting some healthier choices on their menu! So check it out next time you’re in need of a healthier meal option. And like I said, IHOP is a good choice, even if you don’t care for pancakes!



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