Oversized meal portions at your favorite restaurants are always to blame when it comes to unnecessary weight gain. In fact, a study from the University of Cambridge discovered it may be the main reason why people nowadays have a hard time losing weight.
Experts have advised people to use smaller plates to reduce portion sizes but as restaurants are known for their upgrade or jumbo servings to get more customers. As a consequence, diners have come to expect bigger portion sizes in restaurants, thinking that more is always best. Fortunately, the researchers learned of another way to control portion sizes which can take about 500 calories off a person’s daily food intake.
The Skinny Or Healthy Options Menu
As obesity and other chronic diseases such as hypertension become prevalent in the United States, the government is pushing with drastic changes in the food and restaurant industry. With this regulation, more restaurants are now creating menu items with lesser portions and reduced calories.
Thankfully, most Americans saw this change in a positive light. In fact, about 83 percent have responded in a survey that they wish to eat healthy and reduced calorie meals are their best bet for staying within their recommended daily requirement when eating out.
Restaurants That Improved Their Menus
To support their customers and to keep them loyally by their side, these five restaurants have decided that it is time to lower the caloric content of their meals. While the number of calories is the biggest concern, sugar, sodium, and trans fat content are also lessened to completely eliminate the development of other chronic diseases related with its consumption.
1) T.G. I. Friday’s “The Right Portion, Right Price” Menu
This menu of the restaurant includes dishes or meals that are 750 calories (or less!) and have lower sodium content. Some of the choices are the 410-calorie Spinach Florentine Flatbread, 590-calorie Dragonfire Salmon, and the 370-calorie Petite Sirloin with a 90-calorie Ginger Lime Slaw. Most of these meal items have no more than 1000 mg sodium, which is just right for a daily sodium intake of 1500 mg.
2) Mimi’s Café “Fresh and Fit” Menu
This menu offers meals with 550 calories or under all-throughout the day. Meal items like the Five-Alarm Santa Fe Egg White Omelet and Citrus Salmon which only have 174 calories and 539 calories, respectively. Besides being budget and tummy friendly, these menu options can also guarantee low-sodium content to accommodate all customers.
3) Red Lobster “LightHouse” Menu
Seafoods can be a boon or a bane for a customer. It is rich in protein and Omega-3 fatty acids but when taken in excess, it can lead to high blood pressure. Thankfully, the restaurant thought of creating a menu out of the existing menu items. These healthy and fat-reduced options include Rock Lobster at 90 calories paired magnificently with a steamed asparagus at 60 calories and broccoli for only 45 calories.
4) IHOP Restaurant “Simple & Fit” Menu
Known as the “Most Favorite Pancake” breakfast place, this under 600 calories menu can be enjoyed by all customers, young or old. While it may be hard to forget about pancakes in a restaurant that serves the best kinds, there are several dishes less than 600 calories per pop.
These dishes include “Veggie Omelet with Fresh Fruits” for only 320 calories, “Grilled Tilapia Dinner for only 490 calories even with the steamed broccoli and house salad, and the Spinach, Mushroom & Tomato Omelet with fresh fruit for only 330 calories.
5) Bob Evans “Fit from the Farm” Menu
This menu can help a customer look for a meal that is both satisfying and nutritious. It has 650 calories or less, which some may consider to be on the higher side especially if the total energy meal plan they are following is below the regular 2000 calories per day.
Sample dishes include BE Fit Breakfast which has 352 calories and a combination of lite scrambled eggs, fresh fruits and cranberry multigrain sidecakes; Veggie Omelet with 310 calories; Apple Cranberry Spinach Salad with 373 calories; and the Potato-Crusted Flounder dinner with 453 calories including steamed broccoli and baked potatoes.