Tuesday, January 19, 2010

How to Reduce Fat & Calories in a Denny's Grand Slam Breakfast

I would never recommend a Denny's Grand Slam as a healthy meal option, but sometimes you find yourself at Denny's (or similarly Perkins, IHOP, etc.) with a group of friends or, as I did tonight, at the local Denny's because they are celebrating the grand re-opening with $.99 cent Grand Slam Breakfasts.

I did discover a few tricks today that can make a Grand Slam (two eggs, two pancakes, two sausage links and two bacon strips) a little more healthy.

  • Rather than two sausage links and two bacon strips, get all 4 bacon strips. This will save you 92 calories and 11 grams of fat.
  • Ask for your eggs scrambled and whites only. That will save about 200 calories and 20 grams of fat.
  • Ask for no butter on top of your pancakes. That will save you about 60 calories and 8 grams of fat.
All together, these 3 little change-ups make a difference of over 350 calories and almost 40 grams of fat! Quite a difference. Denny's lists the nutrition information for the original Grand Slam as 795 calories and 50 grams fat. So, roughly speaking, these changes should bring it down to about 445 calories and 10 grams fat. (That amount seems a bit low to me, but hey - that's what the math says!)

Although, your best bet would be to scrap the whole thing and just go with fruit, yogurt and oatmeal, this is a fun way to enjoy a breakfast out with others or take advantage of a special cheapie or freebie Grand Slam offer and not totally blow your diet.

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