Healthier version of IHOP

This is my response to IHOP's new menu.
My son's Tae Kwon Do class is right next to IHOP so I am often asked if after we can go for dinner. To my son's surprise, the other night I actually said yes.
I remember back in the day I could throw down some IHOP. Anyone else? Now the new menu has added the calories along with the picture of each menu item. This is a curse and a blessing. There were items on the menu that would use my entire calorie allotment for the day😲. Seriously!
The smartest choice on the menu was an egg white veggie omelette with a side of fruit coming in at a around 380 calories. For some reason I just wasn't feeling that. What I wanted was the waffle with fried eggs and turkey bacon but at 730 calories I decided to pass. I had my shake just before going to TKD so I decided to pass on eating and let me son enjoy his dinner.

When I came home I had a better plan. I could make my own version using Kodiak Cakes Pancake mix. My version did not disappoint and actually left me a little too full. I added sliced cheddar cheese to mine and decided next time I could do without. They suggest you use oil for the waffles-1 teaspoon is all you need for a serving. I accidentally forgot to put it in for my husbands waffle and it turned out fine but maybe would have been a little crispier. So for 400 calories (not including the cheese) I was able to walk away very satisfied.
When you decide to try and follow a healthier journey there are so many options along the way to still enjoy the foods you love.

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