Yesterday was one of those days. I had a hair appointment in the afternoon and other errands in the morning and being on my diet just did not have time to plan out my day correctly. I had grabbed my breakfast bar and one of my lunch bars and eaten those on the run. By dinner time, I was tired and just did not want another pre-packaged meal. I suggested to my husband that we go out for dinner. He looked at me with a question in his eyes, but before I could change my mind, he said, “ok”.
It has been a long time since we have eaten at Applebee’s. I had heard that they had redone the restaurant both in menu items and in décor, trying to keep up with the times and that is part of the reason why I decided to try them. Basically, the building looks about the same: bar in the middle and seating all the way around. I really couldn’t tell what was so different about the place.
The menu, however, was quite different. While it still offers the ribs and burgers of old, there is quite a large selection of menu items that are labeled as having 550 calories or less, or are weight watcher friendly with the point values listed. Very nice for people on diets such as myself.
Our waitress was very friendly and was right at our table as soon as we were seated to take our drink orders. I asked for water with lemon. Trying to get in all those 8 oz. glasses of water a day. I’m pretty sure that huge glass of water I had there had at least 24 oz. in it so there’s a plus. She left us alone for a few more minutes while we chose our dinner items.
We didn’t order any appetizers due to me being on the diet thing, and I chose their “Crunchy Asian Salad” as my entrée. It comes with a grilled chicken breast and a plate filled with salad greens. Not just lettuce, either, there was baby spinach, cilantro, red onions, cucumbers, cabbage, and a few sliced almonds for crunch. The salad dressing was served on the side and it is their Asian vinaigrette. The waitress brought me two of them, however, I only used one which I figured was about a tablespoons worth and it was enough to give a nice flavor to the salad.
It was a really good salad. Nice and crunchy with the chicken breast grilled just right. It appeared to me to be a small piece of chicken and that was just fine. I can hear you all now asking “What about you being a vegetarian?” Yeah, I know, but every now and then, I just feel the need for some chicken. I know it won’t upset my fragile tummy and besides, I like it.
I figured with that one salad, I got in all my veggie servings for the day. I really hadn’t eaten much and was starved, so ate it all, but if it truly was only 550 calories, then it was ok and I stayed well within my calorie count for the day.
I was very pleased with Applebee’s attempts at serving a more healthy choice for their customer’s and if we eat out again, I won’t hesitate to try another of their low calorie offerings. I truly hope to see more restaurants move in a healthier direction and offer healthier foods to their patrons. Now if we could just get them to serve a proper portion size we would be back on our way to a skinnier, healthier America!