Battle of the Breakfast Platters

By , SparkPeople Blogger
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?