Healthy Choices for Breakfast

ihop breakfastYou wake up in the morning and want to have a sumptuous breakfast of pancakes and omellettes. Nothing wrong in that, right? Yet you stop yourself because the words of your dietitian ring in your ears. She tells you about keeping you and your family healthy by making the right food choices and exercising daily.

These days almost everyone has health and diet on their minds. Majority of us lead sedentary lifestyles and are advised to make changes to fight obesity and to maintain good health. Even the government is taking steps to help us all. The 2010 Dietary Guidelines for Americans lays emphasis on maintaining calorie balance over time to achieve and sustain a healthy weight, and focusing on consuming nutrient-dense foods and beverages.

We have experienced that making exercise a habit is difficult and on the other hand eating food is effortless, it comes naturally to us. But eating healthy food? It’s a definite ‘no’ and requires much effort. Indulging in food that we love may not be so healthy, yet we go out and eat it.

Eating Healthy at IHOP

Now we have a choice. As more and more people are demanding healthy options at restaurants, many restaurants have made changes to their offerings to meet the new recommendations and offer a mix of both; not-so-healthy and healthy meals.  IHOP is one such restaurant that is very popular for its breakfast items that are loaded with high calories, saturated fat, sugar and sodium. So if you are eating out, you don’t have to worry much about the calories and cholesterol in your diet.

This is one of my favorite breakfast places. But to meet the growing demands of people, IHOP menu now offers delicious choices of healthy meals for the entire family including kids. IHOP nutrition menu is called Simple & Fit and each item is less than 600 calories.  You can see the nutrition information next to all menu items in this special menu.  IHOP nutritional information is also posted on IHOP’s official website.

So now that you know that you have a choice of healthy pancakes and omelettes, wouldn’t it be easy to satisfy your cravings and also follow your dietitian’s advice?



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