It’s Friday night and you feel like eating out. But you don’t want to dress up, fix your hair or put on some makeup. You just want to eat good food. Well, if this is the case, then Applebee’s just be at the top of your list. This restaurant chain has a range of menu items to choose from and you don’t have to get all dolled up just to dine here.
But while Applebee’s certainly has many dishes to choose from, not everything on the menu is good for you. There are meals that have too much sodium, sugar or fat in them and you’ll want to avoid those, especially if you dine out frequently.
The good news is, you won’t go hungry at Applebee’s with these nutritionist-approved menu items:
Chicken Wonton Tacos (Appetizer)
This appetizer is well-balanced and really delicious. You’ll get lean protein (chicken breast) plus fiber (vegetable slaw). Each serving contains only 590 calories, 49g carbs, 36g protein, 26g sugar, 3g fiber, 27g fat and 1,530mg sodium.
Grilled Chicken Breast
Chicken breast is a great source of lean protein, and because it’s grilled it has a lot less fat than, say fried chicken. Plus it has steamed broccoli which means you get lots of fiber and nutrients. Each serving gives you about 570 calories, 48g protein, 43g carbs, 25g fat, 6g fiber and 1870mg sodium.
Tex-Mex Shrimp Bowl (Rice Bowl)
If you want a meal that ticks off all your macronutrient needs, go for this dish. It’s got rice, guac, mixed greens, pico de gallo and shrimp to give you a complete and balanced meal. Just forego the fried wonton strips, if possible. Each bowl gives you 710 calories, 90g carbs, 28g fat, 30g protein, 9g fiber, 6g sugar and 2,050 mg sodium.
Tuscan Chicken Salad
This salad dish has plenty of veggies and it’s low carb, low fat and has sufficient amounts of lean meat with the grilled chicken. To make it an even healthier meal, forego the dressing or at least order it on the side. The Tuscan chicken salad has 580 calories, 45g of protein, 37g fat, 22g carbs, 7g fiber and 1,890mg sodium.
Blackened Cajun Salmon
This is one of the best on the Applebee menu. The blackened Cajun salmon is packed with flavor and is rich in healthy protein and fat (omega 3s). It also comes with steamed broccoli and mashed potato. This dish has 630 calories, 44g protein, 47g carbs, 32g fat, 7g fiber and 1840mg sodium.
6 oz. Top Sirloin
If you’re a meat eater then the Top Sirloin is a good option as it offers lots of lean protein plus it comes with steamed broccoli so you get nutrients and fiber, along with mashed potato. This 6-oz dish has 580 calories, 42g protein, 29g fat, 43g carns, 7g fiber and 1,960mg sodium.
I would forego the dessert if you want to avoid packing in calories but if you have to, then go for the Brownie Bite. It’s a quick sugar fix and the size is just right. Each serving has 320 calories, 45g carbs, 4g protein, 30g sugar, 15g fat and 180mg sodium.
Check out the guy who ate all the menu offerings at Applebee’s: