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Battle of the Breakfast Platters

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4/28/2012 10:00 AM   :  25 comments   :  27,304 Views

Who doesn't love lingering over a big breakfast or brunch with friends and family? The only problem is that large breakfasts often come with a truckload of calories from all those pancakes, bacon strips, and bottomless drink refills. Luckily, many restaurants that serve breakfast and brunch have developed healthier options so you can still enjoy all the pleasure of this fun morning meal while still staying within your calorie range for the day. IHOP and First Watch have both stepped up their healthy offerings and even devote special sections of their menus to healthier fare. Which lightened-up breakfast dish is lowest in calories: is it IHOP's Two-Egg Breakfast from their ''SIMPLE & FIT'' menu, which includes scrambled egg substitute, two strips of turkey bacon, whole wheat toast, and fresh fruit? Or is it the egg white, turkey, spinach, mushroom, and swiss cheese Power Wrap from the ''Healthier Side'' menu at First Watch?
 
The Winner: IHOP!
 
IHOP's Two-Egg Breakfast wins this round at 350 calories and 8 grams of fat. The First Watch Power Wrap clocks in at 478 calories and 11 grams of fat. If eggs aren't your thing, both IHOP and First Watch have plenty of healthy options to choose from, including fruit and yogurt parfaits, crepes, oatmeal combinations, and even pancakes, so you can have your breakfast or brunch and eat it, too. Happy brunching!

What's your favorite healthy breakfast or brunch meal?



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  • STREO2004
    25
    Gooood to know, I love IHOP, tho I don't go out to breakfast often, I thoroughly enjoy when I get to. - 5/1/2012   3:12:55 AM
  • MWGETFIT
    24
    I made this breakfast daily and I LOVE it - sounds way better than that egg substitute one too.
    1 egg, 2 whites whipped up, use 1/2 for omelet with veggies or at least salsa inside and a sprinkle of the finely shredded cheese (or leave it out if you don't use that), then make buckwheat or gluten free pancakes (red mills gluten free pancake mix) with the rest of the eggs, and top with 3-4 oz dannon light n fit yogurt and fresh fruit! I've also added 2 turkey sausage - I'd add a photo but don't know how. so good if you have berries in the cakes too. - 4/30/2012   9:38:36 AM
  • 23
    I usually don't eat breakfast out anymore and most commonly make an egg with low fat cheese and green enchilada sauce on a small tortilla. Otherwise it might be a one egg omelet with the low fat cheese and a few veggies that I might have. - 4/29/2012   10:11:19 PM
  • 22
    I would far rather have the breakfast with my family/friends either here or at their house.
    Then we can help each other, and have chatting time.
    We can make things within each other's dietary requirements, and have chatting time.
    We can each watch what each "I" is eating, for ourselves or for our loved ones, and have chatting time.
    We can sit and have a few more cuppas, or water or whatever, and have chatting time.
    And we can clear away together, and still have chatting time.

    Why would anyone want to go out? - 4/29/2012   4:44:21 PM
  • 21
    I used to LOVE b'fast out - now I can't stand it. I'll take my homemade pastured egg omelets w/ local, seasonal veggies over any of those places' food any day! - 4/29/2012   12:15:01 PM
  • 20
    I have a large breakfast just once a week, on a Sunday, when I have the luxury of time. It is a leisurely affair which sets me up for the day and means that I'm kept going without anything more than water and maybe a piece of fruit until dinner time.... - 4/29/2012   11:35:39 AM
  • 19
    I have only eaten at an IHOP once....and gotta say...that was more than enough...YUCK...Being Canadian I won't get many chances to look for a First WAtch either... - 4/29/2012   11:11:16 AM
  • 18
    I love breakfast, but it is very difficult to be good when everyone else is being so bad. I do better when I cook a big breakfast at home, which means I cook a meal for everyone else and make my own. I eat egg substitute, which is made of egg whites and makes it easier to use than having to strain eggs in the morning. They are good once you get used to them. - 4/29/2012   9:38:38 AM
  • KBV6N0
    17
    Breakfast is my favorite meal! IHOP is a favorite place of mine to eat at for breakfast. - 4/29/2012   9:12:40 AM
  • 16
    I raise my own chickens and eat a lot of free range chicken eggs. They are the best! - 4/29/2012   9:02:41 AM
  • GHALEY11
    15
    I love breakfast. - 4/29/2012   8:13:30 AM
  • MRE1956
    14
    Sigh......I know there's nothing that can be done about this, of course - but I have this "pet peeve" kind of concern when restaurants NOT IN MY AREA are reviewed! It's quite surprising that I see this quite often as I live in A MAJOR METROPOLITAN area.....sigh.....just seems like a helluva waste to me :( I mean, really - WTH is "First Watch" anyhow? - 4/29/2012   4:44:29 AM
  • 13
    Egg substitutes have less cholesterol than regular eggs, which is important to those of us that have borderline or high cholesterols. IHOP's veggie omelettes are wonderful, either way. The Simple & Fit choices also use low fat cheese. - 4/29/2012   3:28:15 AM
  • 12
    Why would anyone want to eat "egg substitute," unless they had an allergy to eggs? SP is always telling us how nutritious real eggs are. Sigh. - 4/29/2012   12:57:56 AM
  • 11
    I remember very fond memories of eating chocolate chip pancakes at IHOP on Sunday, after church.

    As an adult, that place grosses me out. - 4/28/2012   8:12:37 PM
  • 10
    I think maybe I have eaten at IHOP twice in my entrie life. So, I don't really know their menu choices. But if I were to go again, I probably would treat myself. But that's not likely to happen any time soon. - 4/28/2012   7:12:18 PM
  • 9
    I have fond childhood memories of IHOP, but hadn't been there in the years since I became veg. I was pretty disappointed to find that there are VERY few herbivore-friendly items on the menu. Fruit cup and oatmeal are pretty much the only options. Sad. :( - 4/28/2012   7:02:21 PM
  • 8
    My now favorite at IHOP is scrambled eggs, slice of bacon, toast & coffee. Better than my short stack, scrambled eggs, sausage & bacon. YIKES! - 4/28/2012   2:34:37 PM
  • 7
    I miss menus with "healthy options" and the nutritional information on them. - 4/28/2012   2:30:26 PM
  • RUNNINGYOGINIRE
    6
    I used to love First Watch. Great healthy options. - 4/28/2012   1:58:55 PM
  • BEARIANA
    5
    I LOVE the ihop healthy options! All of them are so delicious and good for you, and won't break the bank either. If I have a choice of where to go out, I'll usually pipe up with IHOP. Sooo good. - 4/28/2012   1:29:20 PM
  • 4
    Very timely - my daughter, my niece and I are having brunch at IHOP today before have a girls day at the nail salon. - 4/28/2012   12:15:02 PM
  • SCIFIMOM
    3
    Personally, I love the IHOP Fit & Simple Veggie Omelet, made with egg alternative, and served with low carb fruit. It's nice to get a full serving of veggies for breakfast. - 4/28/2012   11:49:37 AM
  • 2
    I have never cared about eating breakfast.
    But, I have to say that one of my favorite TV Shows was "DALLAS" and Patrick Duffy said that they had big scenes all at the table for breakfast because it was cheaper to make breakfast food than to make a Dinner meal. WOW, how interesting for a show with a big budget. LOL - 4/28/2012   10:21:10 AM

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