Monday, April 23, 2012

Portion Distortion: IHOP

The kids love IHOP! I'm really not sure why IHOP is greater than any other breakfast joint out there, but it seems to light up their faces. I always like to look at restaurant menus and compare the nutritional values to either what I would cook at home or to an actual portion size. The differences in the calories alone explain a lot about why our country is overweight...I don't think that anyone realizes how much they are shoveling in their bodies.

 Above is an order of Strawberry Banana Pancakes with 2 slices of bacon from IHOP: 1050 calories

Here is a kids breakfast of Baby Cakes (the one strip of bacon has already been devoured!): 210 calories

I have preached before - the kids meals are correct portion sizes! Whether you are at Wendy's or Bob Evan's, go for the kids meal because it usually contains the correct amount of calories, carbs and fat for an average person for a meal. And if you think that you are going to eat a big breakfast to fill you up for most of the day, check this out:

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