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Applebees Under 500 Calories Meals


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I've heard good things about Applebees new Under 550 calories meals, but I can not find other nutrition info for any of the meals besides calories. Does anyone have any idea if these meals are actually good for you when you factor in fat, etc?

I have heard good things about their Asiago Peppercorn Steak for just 390 calories, but cannot find other nutrition info on it.

Anyone have any ideas?

Edited Mar 21 2010 14:31 by nycgirl
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I saw an article on SparkPeople about the menu, and they only have the calorie counts as well.

But I was scrolling through the comments and saw that one person claimed the Shrimp Pasta hada monstrous amount of fat (I think it was something along the lines of 50-60 grams ALONE). I also know that Applebee's food is very salty, so that's something to watch out for, too.

It's true that when it comes to weight loss, calories are the main ingredient. But it's also important to eat a balanced diet, too. In my opinion, if you're going to go out to eat at Applebee's and want to stay healthy/balanced, then just stick with one of the Weight Watcher's entrees. Those are low in fat, hence why they are lower in WW points. But if you don't really care about the fat grams and such, then just go ahead and order an Under 550 Calories meal.

Applebee's makes me so mad. How damn hard is it to put their nutritional values on the website?!!? They're trying to hide something from us I'm afraid.......

The Asiago Peppercorn Steak is awesome and it's a sirloin so it is one of the leanest cuts of steak, plus there is absolutely no fat on it. Not saying they didn't throw a bit of butter or something in there that we don't know about. You get probably one small red potato that has been quartered and steamed and a mixture of cauliflower, broccoli, carrots and squash as well. With the Island Shrimp you get 18 shrimp and small amount of rice with mandarin oranges. Both are good. But again, I haven't found anywhere that they break down the composition of any of these under 550 meals. I didn't find their food at all salty but then again I'm one of those people that used to add salt to everything.

It would be really nice if they provided the nutritional content of all their foods. Not sure how they can get away with it when the fast food industry is forced too.

Like k_leyv714 said, you can always get the WW meals which should be lower in fat hopefully.

Somewhat related. . .My grandma is allergic to soy so before we go out she has to call ahead and ASK whether the ingredients are soy-free (this includes all butters, sauces, marinades, etc) and I was SHOCKED to find that even the chicken breast from Applebees is pre-soaked in SOMETHING unnatural that she can't eat.  It's really gross what restaurants do to food behind the scenes. Even things like the grilled shrimp and fish are marinaded in unknown substances.

I liked it more when they had weight watchers options. The WW french onion soup was the best :( Usually I get that and a half size BBQ chicken salad. Ohh Applebees!

I had the Portobello Dijon Chicken meal.  It was good.  Don't know the nutritional info on it but I suspect the sodium was quite high.  My only complaints are that they do not give a large enough portion of steamed veggies and that the reason it is 550 cal or lower is because they go contrary from normal restaurantism and give you one portion size worth of meal...so it was on the small side for my appetite.  Luckily I had had a salad earlier. (I am maintaining not losing)

Other than that it was quite tasty and I recommend it.

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This was on myfitnesspal.com

Asiago Peppercorn Steak (Applebee's Under 550 Calories) Serving Size: 1 Meal, Calories: 390, Fat: 17g, Carbs: 26g, Protein: 33g

Grilled Shrimp & Island Rice Under 550 Calories (Applebee's) Serving Size: 1 meal, Calories: 280, Fat: 0g, Carbs: 0g, Protein: 0g

Grilled Dijon Chicken & Portobellos (Applebee's Under 550 Calories) Serving Size: 1 meal, Calories: 450, Fat: 0g, Carbs: 0g, Protein: 0g

Shrimp Diavolo (Applebee's Under 550 Calories) Serving Size: 1 meal, Calories: 500, Fat: 3g, Carbs: 42g, Protein: 25g

Spicey Shrimp 550 Cal (Applebee's) Serving Size: 1 serving, Calories: 550, Fat: 0g, Carbs: 0g, Protein: 0g

Grilled Shrimp and Island Rice (Spark Estimate) (Applebee' S Under 550) Serving Size: 1 entree, Calories: 365, Fat: 2.3g, Carbs: 59.6g, Protein: 24.6g

Asian Crunch Salad (Applebees Under 550 Calories) Serving Size: 1 plate, Calories: 490, Fat: 0g, Carbs: 0g, Protein: 0g Related Tags

Just be careful. I try to avoid restaurants like that at all cost! I feel like I'm constantly reading about Applebees and Brinker restaurants (Macaroni Grill, Chilis etc) not being accurate in their reported nutritional facts. A quick google search brought up:


http://reason.com/blog/2009/07/22/applebees-l ooking-sued-in-the


http://www.walletpop.com/blog/2009/07/24/who- was-watching-applebees-weight-watcher-meals/

I call BS on some of these (not you personally dawnerm, but to myfitnesspal).  No possible way the shrimp and chicken meals could be protein free. 

Original Post by dawnerm:

This was on myfitnesspal.com

Asiago Peppercorn Steak (Applebee's Under 550 Calories) Serving Size: 1 Meal, Calories: 390, Fat: 17g, Carbs: 26g, Protein: 33g

Grilled Shrimp & Island Rice Under 550 Calories (Applebee's) Serving Size: 1 meal, Calories: 280, Fat: 0g, Carbs: 0g, Protein: 0g

Grilled Dijon Chicken & Portobellos (Applebee's Under 550 Calories) Serving Size: 1 meal, Calories: 450, Fat: 0g, Carbs: 0g, Protein: 0g

Shrimp Diavolo (Applebee's Under 550 Calories) Serving Size: 1 meal, Calories: 500, Fat: 3g, Carbs: 42g, Protein: 25g

Spicey Shrimp 550 Cal (Applebee's) Serving Size: 1 serving, Calories: 550, Fat: 0g, Carbs: 0g, Protein: 0g

Grilled Shrimp and Island Rice (Spark Estimate) (Applebee' S Under 550) Serving Size: 1 entree, Calories: 365, Fat: 2.3g, Carbs: 59.6g, Protein: 24.6g

Asian Crunch Salad (Applebees Under 550 Calories) Serving Size: 1 plate, Calories: 490, Fat: 0g, Carbs: 0g, Protein: 0g Related Tags

 

That is true, they have to contain protein of some sort because they contain meat.

However IMHO I don't think people need to avoid these restaurants, if you get an extra 100 calories or an extra few grams of fat it's not going to kill you if you go there once a month. Now if you eat out everyday it would add up. You can specify to the wait staff that you don't want it cooked in butter etc. if you so desire.

I actually just got back from eating at Applebee's a few minutes ago, the lady next to me had the chicken portabella and it looked really good and it was a really large portion. Probably 1/4 head of broccoli, which is steamed without absolutely any seasoning, a chicken breast that probably was about 6 ounces, a pile of mushrooms and probably a 1/4 cup cheese and one small red potato that had been cut up and boiled or steamed. If you add up the calories of each of these items it would come in really close to 550 calories I'm guessing, but it's a lot of food too. My mother got the WW herbed chicken, it was a chicken breast that had been flame grilled(actually looked a little dry), one red potato steamed and ton of unseasoned broccoli and I think it was 7 points.

 

Original Post by on_point:

I call BS on some of these (not you personally dawnerm, but to myfitnesspal).  No possible way the shrimp and chicken meals could be protein free. 

They're obviously not protein-free, carb-free AND fat-free, the site clearly just doesn't know what the protein, carbs, and fat is. The macros are ALL zero in those.

Original Post by k_leyv714:

I saw an article on SparkPeople about the menu, and they only have the calorie counts as well.

But I was scrolling through the comments and saw that one person claimed the Shrimp Pasta hada monstrous amount of fat (I think it was something along the lines of 50-60 grams ALONE). I also know that Applebee's food is very salty, so that's something to watch out for, too.

It's true that when it comes to weight loss, calories are the main ingredient. But it's also important to eat a balanced diet, too. In my opinion, if you're going to go out to eat at Applebee's and want to stay healthy/balanced, then just stick with one of the Weight Watcher's entrees. Those are low in fat, hence why they are lower in WW points. But if you don't really care about the fat grams and such, then just go ahead and order an Under 550 Calories meal.

Applebee's makes me so mad. How damn hard is it to put their nutritional values on the website?!!? They're trying to hide something from us I'm afraid.......

 

I had the Spicy Shrimp Diavolo at Applebee's for dinner tonight, and if you like spicy food, it's terrific.  The portion size is just right (it really is 1 portion, not 5 like many restaurants serve) and it's served on a little bit of whole wheat pasta.

I tried to find the nutritional information on the Spicy Shrimp Diavolo before I went to the restaurant, and unfortunately, depending on what website you go to, the fat grams in the info. range anywhere from 3g of fat up to 45g of fat!  I find it very difficult to believe that this dish has 45g of fat.  It did not seem to have any oil or butter in it at all...the sauce simply tasted like it had a tomato basil base with a little chili sauce, chopped up tomatoes and chopped up onion and red bell peppers.

It is very aggravating that Applebee's only lists the calories (under 550) and no other nutritional information.

If anyone can obtain any accurate information on the nutritional info. on this dish, I'd sure appreciate it.

 

 

Original Post by rtct2009:

It is very aggravating that Applebee's only lists the calories (under 550) and no other nutritional information.

If anyone can obtain any accurate information on the nutritional info. on this dish, I'd sure appreciate it.

 That's about as closely guarded as the secret formula for Coke.  Applebees has stated both of these reasons for why they do not post the nutritional info

1)There variations in preparation at each restaurant, so they can't provide the nutritional info.

This is BS, of course.  Chili's, Ruby Tuesdays, etc can all do it.

2)They will not disclose the nutritional info until they are legally required to do it.

This was was stated back when states started pushing openly displayed calories on menus and some other chains started early compliance.

Applebees got on the WW bandwagon for the advertising/increased revenue with participants.  No altruistic reasons there.

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