Goodbye deep-fried mozzarella sandwich, hello spinach, says Denny’s

Monday, January 20th, 2014. Filed under: Destinations Food & Dining Home & Garden
Denny's lower-calorie Fit Fare breakfast sandwich made with fresh spinach and turkey bacon. ©Denny's

Denny’s lower-calorie Fit Fare breakfast sandwich made with fresh spinach and turkey bacon.
©Denny’s

(Relaxnews) – At a time when New Year’s resolve is at its strongest, two popular American restaurant chains have launched new lighter menu options to help people stick to their weight-loss pledges even when dining out.

In its ongoing collaboration with Weight Watchers, Applebee’s, which claims to be the largest casual-dining chain in the world, has added new dishes to its Under 550 Calorie menu that includes Roma pepper steak, creamy parmesan chicken and lemon parmesan shrimp.

Applebee’s is the only restaurant chain to offer Weight Watchers-endorsed meals.

The chain’s kids menu also offers different food combinations including chicken “grillers” and steamed broccoli which meet the National Restaurant Association’s Kids LiveWell nutritional requirements.

The move comes after the family-style chain was lambasted last year for serving a kids meal that contained a whopping 1,210 calories and 62 grams of fat — a grilled cheese on sourdough with fries and low-fat chocolate milk.

Over at the greasy spoon-style diner Denny’s — which has also churned out calorific items like grilled cheese sandwiches stuffed with deep-fried mozzarella sticks — new Fit Fare dishes are pitched as low-calorie versions of its American classics.

For example, instead of its regular hungry man’s breakfast sandwich loaded with bacon, shaved ham, American cheese and eggs served with hash browns, the Fit Fare sandwich features turkey bacon, pepper jack cheese, fresh spinach and tomato, served with yogurt and fruit.

Every month will feature a new Fit Fare menu option.

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