This fall, IHOP introduces new items to its Simple & Fit menu. The concept behind Simple & Fit is to offer menu items under 600 calories. Is that possible with pancakes? Yes, it is. In 2010, IHOP launched the Simple & Fit menu with 30 items under 600 calories.
Today, IHOP has expanded its line to include oatmeal, whole wheat pancakes, waffles, and crêpes. I love crêpes. If nothing on the Simple & Fit menu appeals to your current mood, fear not. Throughout IHOP's menu you can find tips on how to reduce your caloric intake by making a few changes to classic menu items.
After a long day for hubby and me, I suggested we go out to IHOP. We are a pancake loving family so eating breakfast for dinner will be a treat for Big B. In each menu category, I found an option or two that are Simple & Fit menu items. They are clearly marked so you can't miss them. We ordered: Seasonal Fresh Fruit Crêpes, Spinach, Mushroom & Tomato Omelette, Grilled Tilapia, and Kid's pancakes and Mac N Cheese.
I was able to sample everything we ordered (and actually finished my dishes). My husband commented that technically my dishes combined were over 600 calories and it defeated the purpose of the spirit of the Simple & Fit menu. I told him that I'm breastfeeding and I don't necessarily have to stick to any limits. Enough said. I do understand that he has a point. Each item is 600 calories for a reason, they are portioned well.
We pretty much licked our plates clean. Everyone was satiated. No one was still hungry or wanted something to top us off. Overall, a good (low-calorie) meal.
A little about IHOP
IHOP was founded by brothers Al and Jerry Lapin in Toluca Lake, CA. Since the flagship store opened its doors in 1958, there are over 1,500 restaurants in North, Central, and South America. The restaurant is known for their signature pancakes as well as omelettes and other breakfast specialties.
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Disclosure: I received a gift card to facilitate my review. No other compensation was provided. All opinions expressed are my own.