Walk Talk Nutrition visits IHOP

a Simple and Fit menu choice with whole grain pancakes

a Simple and Fit menu choice with whole grain pancakes

The RDs visit IHOP.

IHOP isn’t exactly the place you’d expect to find a lot of ‘healthy’ or low calorie menu choices.  We found a few, but the emphasis is clearly on pancakes, waffles and Criss-Croissants, which are a sort of croissant/pancake hybrid with the obligatory fruit toppings and fillings.  We understand the most popular pancake is the New York Cheesecake.  1100 calories, and that’s without syrup.

Like most chain restaurants, IHOP does provide nutrition information on the website.  Many of the pancake breakfasts are over 1000 calories, again without syrup or butter.  Add sausage or bacon and the total goes up more.  Even the omelets can be calorific.  The Chorizo Fiesta is 1300 calories.  The healthy-sounding Garden Omelette is 930.  Think those are high?  Try the Chicken/Country Fried Steak Skillet with Sausage Gravy: almost 2400 calories.

We liked the idea of the Simple and Fit menu choices, which are under 600 calories/meal (without syrup!).  Kathy ordered the Blueberry Harvest Grain and Nut pancake combo.  We liked the distinctive whole grain flavor.  The 55+ menu features more conventional menu items, but in smaller portions, an option we always favor.

Our Bottom Line: watch the syrup!   And if you go to IHOP on a regular basis, familiarize yourself with the calorie counts so you know what you’re in for.  Like all large restaurant chains, IHOP will have to post calories on the menu by December 2015.

regular IHOP blueberry pancakes with very little syrup

regular IHOP blueberry pancakes with very little syrup

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