HG's IHOP Survival Guide! (View B4 U Chew)

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It's easy to get into trouble at a place that's literally a HOUSE OF PANCAKES. (Okay, not literally. It isn't wallpapered with flapjacks.) This handy-dandy survival guide should keep you safe and satisfied at IHOP, a.k.a. International House of Pancakes. Read on...

  Say It with Us: SIMPLE & FIT!

Menu items marked Simple & Fit have less than 600 calories each. And while not everything is a good choice (580 calories and 24g fat for fruit crepes seems kinda high to us!), the S & F symbol does help to steer you in the right direction. IHOP also offers Simple & Fit tips to customize any order: Hold the butter or whipped topping, swap regular bacon for turkey bacon, get sugar-free syrup instead of standard syrup, swap eggs for egg substitute, skip the cheese or ask for less, etc. Great advice, and it's nice to know they're so accommodating!

  More Than Pancakes...

Step aside, flapjacks. These tasty dishes are invading the b-fast table...

Simple & Fit Banana & Brown Sugar Oatmeal

1 order: 260 calories, 5g fat, 35mg sodium, 49g carbs, 5g fiber, 20g sugars, 7g protein -- PointsPlus® value 7*

Fruit and oatmeal go together like bacon and eggs. (Keep reading for your best bacon-n-egg bets!) This hearty b-fast bowl has a good amount of fiber and a nice amount of protein... Not a bad way to start the day!

Simple & Fit Two-Egg Breakfast
1 order: 350 calories, 8g fat, 710mg sodium, 48g carbs, 7g fiber, 19g sugars, 25g protein -- PointsPlus® value 9*

Great, great, great option! You get scrambled egg substitute, two strips of turkey bacon, whole-wheat toast, and fresh fruit. A complete breakfast that spares you the excess fat without leaving you feeling deprived.

Simple & Fit Fresh Fruit & Yogurt Bowl
1 order: 320 calories, 3g fat, 45mg sodium, 73g carbs, 7g fiber, 45g sugars, 7g protein -- PointsPlus® value 9*

A bowl of fresh fruit topped off with low-fat strawberry yogurt and some granola sounds delicious! And judging by all that fiber and the low fat count, we're guessing it's heavy on the fruit and light on the granola. Love that!

Simple & Fit Whole Wheat French Toast Combo
1 order: 490 calories, 15g fat, 930mg sodium, 56g carbs, 5g fiber, 23g sugars, 33g protein -- PointsPlus® value 13*

Two slices of whole-wheat French toast topped with slices of banana. Plus scrambled egg substitute and two strips of turkey bacon. This is a good option if you're craving a substantial meal with all the fixins!


What makes these omelettes "Simple & Fit"? They're made with egg substitute (YAY!) and served with fresh fruit instead of fatty b-fast meats, potatoes, or bread items (DOUBLE YAY!).

Simple & Fit Veggie Omelette
1 order: 320 calories, 10g fat, 420mg sodium, 40g carbs, 8g fiber, 19g sugars, 21g protein -- PointsPlus® value 8*

Features mushrooms, green peppers, onions, and roasted tomatoes, plus it comes with that fresh fruit. NICE.

Simple & Fit Spinach, Mushroom & Tomato Omelette
1 order: 330 calories, 12g fat, 690mg sodium, 31g carbs, 5g fiber, 19g sugars, 29g protein -- PointsPlus® value 9*

In addition to the obvious (spinach, mushrooms, and tomatoes), this has onions and Swiss cheese. YUM!!!

Simple & Fit Turkey Bacon Omelette
1 order: 420 calories, 20g fat, 720mg sodium, 25g carbs, 2g fiber, 17g sugars, 38g protein -- PointsPlus® value 11*

This is kinda high in fat, but if you need cheese and meat in your omelette, this is the way to go. You can always request "less cheese" if you want to save some fat and calories. 

  Pancake Time!

There are several Simple & Fit p-cake options, but they're not all created equal. Read up and learn things...

Simple & Fit Two x Two x Two
1 order: 400 calories, 12g fat, 1,450mg sodium, 48g carbs, 3g fiber, 10g sugars, 25g protein -- PointsPlus® value 10*

A basic combo of scrambled egg substitute, two buttermilk pancakes, and two strips of turkey bacon. This is a good option if you're craving classic pancakes but don't want to overdo it on the starchy carbs.

Simple & Fit Whole Wheat Pancake Combo
1 order: 480 calories, 14g fat, 1,480mg sodium, 64g carbs, 5g fiber, 20g sugars, 25g protein -- PointsPlus® value 12*

Surprisingly, this whole-wheat version of the previous pick on this list has more fat than its buttermilk counterpart! (It also has more carbs and sugar, but that's likely due to the fact that the p-cakes are topped with banana slices.) It does offer up some additional fiber, though; the choice is yours.

Simple & Fit Blueberry Harvest Grain 'N Nut Combo
1 order: 560 calories, 23g fat, 1,040mg sodium, 64g carbs, 8g fiber, 21g sugars, 25g protein -- PointsPlus® value 15*

This one barely qualifies for Simple & Fit status, with stats approaching the 600-calorie mark. Not the worst thing on the menu, but hardly the best. The pancakes are loaded with blueberries and topped with sliced banana, and they come with a side of scrambled egg substitute. Better than most pancake combos on the menu, so it's worth considering if you're jonesing for something special.

HG FYI: All of the pancake platters at IHOP are pretty high in sodium. So if that's a concern, skip 'em altogether.

  Beyond Breakfast

In the event that you're there looking for lunch or dinner, you've got options...

Smart Soup Picks
Minestrone (170 calories, 2g fat, PointsPlus® value 4*)
Chicken Noodle (170 calories, 5g fat, PointsPlus® value 4*)
Chicken Tortilla (190 calories, 7g fat, PointsPlus® value 5*)

Stellar Side Salads
Simple & Fit House Salad with reduced-fat Italian dressing (50 calories, 1.5g fat, PointsPlus® value 1*)
Simple & Fit Fruit Bowl (130 calories, 0g fat, PointsPlus® value 0*)

Take Two Combo Tips
Your best bet is the Half Turkey Sandwich, which has 290 calories... and 18g fat. We're guessing that fat count is the fault of the mayo -- if you order this, ask for mustard instead! Then pair it with one of the above soup or salad picks.

Top Meal Pick! Simple & Fit Grilled Balsamic-Glazed Chicken
1 order: 440 calories, 22g fat, 940mg sodium, 25g carbs, 8g fiber, 13g sugars, 39g protein -- PointsPlus® value 11*

This sounds super-tasty: chicken breast and veggies in a balsamic glaze, with steamed broccoli and a house salad with that reduced-fat Italian dressing. Maybe we should consider IHOP as a lunch or dinner destination!


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