With the New Year in full swing, I’ve made the decision to cut myself in half. Not literally. Well almost.
No, seriously, I’ve made this year MY year to lose, find, and keep. My challenge is to lose 50lbs this year. Can I do it? Well, I’ve drawn out a plan to kick-start my journey with running, gym classes, Wii workouts, calorie counting, and overall happiness. I feel you can’t lose the weight unless you have a happy spirit about it. So, before 2010 was over, I took my happy family to a happy dinner at IHOP. They have debuted their NEW Simple & Fit Menu and the options are abundant for people, like me, who are looking to drop some pounds for the New Year.
IHOP, one of America’s favorite restaurants for breakfast, lunch and dinner, today announced the launch of its new SIMPLE & FIT menu items under 600 calories as part of its new menu rollout. Integrated throughout the menu, the new SIMPLE & FIT items make it easier for guests to choose lower-calorie options that taste great and meet their cravings. In addition to delicious menu choices, the new menu includes SIMPLE & FIT tips to adjust favorite IHOP meals to guests’ nutrition needs.
I was asked to check out the new healthier menu options at IHOP and I was not at all ready to see all the awesome options. I was thinking they’d have a few salads, maybe some fish for dinner options, but no… their menu is seriously revamped.
Look for the strawberry icon that signals a Simple & Fit menu option. Find something you like and you’ll see the calorie count right next to it!
One thing about eating out with an eye for health, is that fear that parents have that their children will be left out. Will they have healthy options to choose from? Well, my kids delighted in the new menu, asking me what a calorie is, how to make smart choices, etc.
Our Visit to IHOP:
Here’s an inside view of what we found at our local IHOP restaurant:
While I was impressed with the Simple & Fit Menu at IHOP, I was a little disappointed with their fruit. I know, I know.. it’s not a super market and the menu does say it comes with “seasonal fruit”, which tells me you get what ya get. That’s cool, however, both my daughter and I were surprised that our tiny bowl of apples were already browning before they even made it to the table. She even got a little upset stating, “Mom, that’s not what’s in the picture.” Suggestion: Ask your server what fruit they have on hand when ordering. It gives you the heads up as to avoid disappointed children when the food makes it to the table.
All in all, our IHOP visit was a success. My boys got their pancake fix, but enjoyed go-gurt right alongside and I got a, first hand, look at all the Simple & Fit options IHOP has to offer.
Head over to IHOP.com to learn more about the Simple & Fit Menu or visit your local IHOP Restaurant and look for the strawberry symbol next to all the Simple & Fit options. Prices vary.
Are you trying to lose weight? I’d love to hear your tips on staying on track while eating out.
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