IHOP – Breakfast All Day Long! But Beware of the Syrup!

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The International House of Pancakes, better known as IHOP, definitely got it right when they decided to open their doors and serve breakfast all day long over fifty years ago! I mean, who doesn’t love breakfast food? They also have an extensive menu for most other food types, but like the majority of their breakfast selections, you must beware of the caloric fiasco that can easily entail! Most of their offerings, without even adding the typical side items, are over 1000 calories! We’re going to learn how to avoid the fiasco and have a fiesta instead.

IHOP has jumped on the lower-calorie bandwagon and created their own “SIMPLE & FIT” menu. It’s about time! Check out these savory omelette choices on the IHOP menu:

  • Simple & Fit Veggie Omelette with Fresh Fruit – 320 calories
  • Simple & Fit Spinach, Mushroom & Tomato Omelette w/Fresh Fruit – 330 calories
  • Simple & Fit Turkey Bacon Omelette w/Fresh Fruit – 420 calories

If you’re not a fan of omelettes, there are plenty of other “SIMPLE & FIT” breakfast offerings on the IHOP menu:

  • Simple & Fit Whole Wheat Pancakes w/Banana Combo – 480 calories
  • Stack of Simple & Fit Whole Wheat Pancakes w/Bananas – 520 calories
  • Simple & Fit Blueberry Harvest Grain ‘N Nut Combo – 560 calories
  • Simple & Fit Whole Wheat French Toast Combo – 490 calories
  • Simple & Fit Seasonal Fresh Fruit Crepes – 580 calories
  • Simple & Fit Oatmeal – 260 calories
  • Simple & Fit Fresh Fruit & Yogurt Bowl – 320 calories

If breakfast is not your bag, check out these other “SIMPLE & FIT” options on the IHOP menu:

  • Simple & Fit Simply Chicken Sandwich w/Fresh Fruit – 500 calories
  • Simple & Fit Grilled Tilapia – 490 calories (includes sides)
  • Simple & Fit Grilled Balsamic-Glazed Chicken – 440 calories (includes sides)
  • Simple & Fit Fruit Bowl – 130 calories
  • Simple & Fit House Salad w/Reduced Fat Italian Dressing – 65 calories

There are actually ways to eat breakfast from the regular IHOP menu that won’t break your calorie bank:

  • Pancake Platter – 490 calories (without side items)
  • Original Buttermilk Pancakes, Short Stack (3) – 490 calories (without side items)
  • Belgian Waffle, Plain – 360 calories
  • Belgian Waffle w/Butter – 420 calories (add 140-160 calories with fruit/whipped toppings)
  • Two Eggs & Two Buttermilk Pancakes – 560 calories (without side items)
  • Reasonable side items: 4 bacon strips (150 calories), 4 turkey bacon strips (100 calories), 2 Canadian bacon slices (120 calories), country style ham slice (160 calories), ham steak (110 calories)

If you’d like compose your own omelette, the IHOP menu has a way to do it:

  • Create Your Own Omelette, Plain – 440 calories
  • Create Your Own Omelette, Plain w/Egg Substitute – 140 calories (the winning way if you plan to load it up with ingredients!)
  • Reasonable ingedients: cheese (140-240 calories), bacon (80 calories), pork sausage links (180 calories), diced ham (30 calories), oven-roasted tomatoes (90 calories), peppers and onions OR tomatoes OR mushrooms (10 calories, or 30 for all of them), fresh spinach (15 calories)

The IHOP menu has “Take-Two Combos” with a few lower-calorie options (half sandwich + soup):

  • 1/2 Turkey Sandwich – 290 calories
  • 1/2 Double BLT Sandwich – 390 calories (yes, that’s double!)
  • Chicken Noodle Soup – 170 calories
  • Minestrone Soup – 170 calories
  • Chicken Tortilla Soup – 190 calories

You might be surprised to know that most of the IHOP syrups have 100-110 calories PER OUNCE. Their sugar free syrup, however, has only 15 calories per ounce. FYI one ounce is about 1/8 cup or two tablespoons. Two whole tablespoons of syrup – yum! Sounds very reasonable to me, if you go the sugar free route.

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Tina S August 15, 2012 at 7:16 pm

I like IHOP. Have been going there since college days, long ago. Partly because it’s a restaurant (at least the ones I know of) that is open 24/7 — so whenever you are out, no matter what time, they’ll be there for you (with the bottomless carafes of coffee).

Thanks for pointing out all the \reasonable\ menu choices there are. I have been pretty much going for the omelettes (they are good), but you’ve opened my eyes to a whole lot of other choices (who knew I could still have pancakes!! — Yum!)

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