Healthy Eating On-the-go: Simple & Fit Two x Two x Two

Healthy Eating On-the-GoHealthy Eating On-the-Go

IHOP: The dietary minefield has made a healthy option.

Simple & Fit Two x Two x Two
Simple & Fit Two x Two x Two

It’s easy to get into trouble when eating out but that is especially true at any place that serves as many pancake options as IHOP. I absolutely love pancakes but they do not love me. This meals choice is just one of the options you can choose off the Simple & Fit portion of the menu.

The menu items marked Simple & Fit have less than 600 calories each and while not everything is a good choice, they and better than many of the other items on the menu. IHOP also offers Simple & Fit tips to customize any order. Things such as holding the butter or whipped topping, swapping regular bacon for turkey bacon, choosing sugar-free syrup instead of standard syrup, swapping eggs for egg substitute, or skipping the cheese can make each option a little healthier.

Original Two x two x two
Original Two x two x two

The eggs were decent. I could have done better than bacon but any protein source in a pinch. I will try to do better tomorrow. The fruit was a fantastic addition to this meal.


Nutrition Facts
Serving Size 1 plate
Servings Per Container 1

Amount Per Serving
Calories 400 Calories from Fat 108
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 12g 18%
Saturated Fat 2g 10%
Trans Fat 0g
Cholesterol 230mg 77%
Sodium 850mg 35%
Total Carbohydrate 48g 16%
Dietary Fiber 3g 12%
Sugars 10g
Protein 25g 50%

*Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.

Calorie Breakdown:

Simple & Fit Two x Two x Two
Simple & Fit Two x Two x Two

The bottom line: Choosing breakfast wisely can be between weight gain and loss. Eat slow and enjoy. I started the meal with a large glass of water to promote satiety. This meal had the right mix of protein and fiber to promote satiety. Good luck with your next trip to IHOP.

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I am a family physician who has served in the US Army. In 2016, I found myself overweight, out of shape, and unhealthy, so I made a change to improve my health. This blog is the chronology of my path to better health and what I have learned along the way.

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