9/11/12

Giveaway: IHOP Simple & Fit


One of the really hard parts about trying to be healthy is going out to eat, which, let's be honest, happens.  We're in the middle of football season and hockey will start on the 15th, as well as scouts picking back up.  Everyone's busy, and sometimes, even though you plan, you end up having nothing made for dinner! Or, maybe you're meeting friends or family for a special meal together.  Whatever happens, you have to be able to eat out without completely ruining your diet.

(PS- I think I'm supposed to tell you to use IHOP for Breakfast, but in our family we believe that breakfast is an excellent dinner!!)

IHOP has had a "Simple & Fit" menu for a few years now, which helps patrons to select options from their menu with under 600 calories.  At a restaurant with bacon and home fries on the menu, that's a pretty significant reduction! Starting this month, though, IHOP has added several new items including whole wheat waffles with blueberries, whole wheat pancakes with blueberries, and several new types of oatmeal, which is one of my favorite breakfasts when the morning starts turning cool! There are also whole wheat crepes and whole wheat french toast on the new menu, and everything comes with a lemon wedge instead of butter, which is really pretty genius since it gives you a little burst of flavor without tons of fat.
On the Simple & Fit menu, you can still find the traditional "pancakes/meat/eggs" that most of us associate IHOP with, but they've altered it to fit a more moderate lifestyle, using egg substitute and turkey bacon.  I didn't get to try the egg substitute on our visit, but I know from my Max Muscle plan that scrambled egg whites are really good, especially with a little hot sauce, so I'd imagine the same is true for egg substitute, especially since I didn't get to try it because my kids ate it (they shared the whole wheat blueberry pancakes) albeit with ketchup, although they require tomato product, whether it's salsa or ketchup, on any type of eggs they eat.  My third child ordered off the children's menu, which only lists options under 600 calories, and includes an option to make your own smiley face with yogurt, so you know that had to happen.

The new oatmeal comes in great flavors like Banana and Brown Sugar and Super Fruit (dried blueberries, dark cherries, cranberries, raisins, golden raisins, and you can also get almonds and walnuts).  I opted for the Super Fruit the morning that we went and it was really tasty.  I love dried fruit, so having it come portioned for me is important or I'll eat it all! I thought that the oatmeal was fantastic and it gave me that happy, warm, comforting feeling oatmeal always does. :)

Bad news- my images are apparently all corrupted...soooo, here's some pictures from another blogger!
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And another one...
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Here in P-dubya-C (that's Prince William County) we have several IHOP options:
13718 Smoketown Road, Woodbridge
3914 Fettler Park Drive, Dumfries
8785 Centreville Road, Manassas (actual Manassas)
12901 Galveston Court, Manassas (Manassas where it's still really Woodbridge) 

Want to go check out the new menu yourself? I've got a $50 gift card to your favorite IHOP store! 







a Rafflecopter giveaway

Contest closes on the 19th, note that as always, I'm not responsible for lost or stolen cards or for your personal experience, although we have always has a pretty quick and tasty time at IHOP ourselves.
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PwcMoms was provided with a gift card to conduct our review of the new menu, however all opinions expressed here are my own.

39 comments:

  1. Those blueberry waffles look good!

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  2. Hmmm, I think id try an egg white omlette :)

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  3. Looks good!! :)

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  4. I would love to try the who,e wheat crepes- yum

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  5. I'd like to try the whole wheat waffles with blueberries.

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  6. I would love to try the crepes with fruit and yogurt! Thanks for hosting the giveaway :)

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  7. I can't wait to have a veggie omelet.

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  8. I would love to try whole wheat blueberry pancakes!! Sounds delish!

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  9. I would love to try the new whole wheat french toast. I've always enjoyed the Simple and Fit options, though the egg substitute isn't my favorite.

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  10. Looks yummy! We were just there Saturday. My daughter prefers the healthier pancake face with yogurt "hair" over the chocolate chip one!

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  11. Breakfast for dinner...at least once a week! Yum!

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  12. Breakfast for dinner...at least once a week! Yum!

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  13. I would love to try the wheat crepes!!

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  14. I've tried that omlette that is egg substitute with spinach-pretty good!

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  15. I'm pretty simple but would love to try the SIMPLE

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  16. The super fruit oatmeal sounds yummy!

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  17. Okay hoping this post comes up - I would like to try the Simple and Fit Two Egg Breakfast...SIMPLE but would be a great way to start the day healthier!

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  18. My choice would be the Whole Wheat Crepes – Two Whole Wheat Crepes filled with sweet cream cheese and topped with lightly sweetened blueberries and powdered sugar (380 calories) - YUM!!

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  19. The Belgium Waffle with fruit

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  20. I love their pancakes, so I'd love to try the whole wheat pancakes!

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  21. Oatmeal with super fruit!!

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  22. whole wheat waffles!!!! vanitizebaby at yahoo dot com

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  23. the Whole Wheat Waffle Combo
    tbarrettno1 at gmail dot com

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  24. whole wheat blueberry pancakes

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  25. I would love to try the blueberry waffles and the brown sugar oatmeal! I have a sweet tooth and sad to say it has caused me to gain 20 of the 165 lbs that I lost. :-( great that ihop has alternatives! Thanks for sharing!

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  26. I would get the brown sugar oatmeal Sounds lovetly! BTW I live close to you in Centreville, VA.

    shopgurl101 at gmail dot com

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  27. the Whole Wheat Blueberry pancakes!

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  28. I would try the Wheat Blueberry pancakes.

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  29. The veggie omelet sounds yummy!

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  30. I'd like to try the whole wheat french toast.

    maggie at literary winner dot com

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  31. I'd love some of the new crepes

    Nathansmommy619(At)Aol(dot)com

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  32. I would order the Spinach, Mushroom and Tomato Omelette! :)

    Thanks!
    h4schaffer at gmail dot com

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  33. Mmm, we love IHOP! I want some blueberry waffles!

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