According to Statista, Applebee's, the popular restaurant chain, served 29.43 million people in its 1,782 restaurants over a period of 30 days in the spring of 2017. This is a pretty good indication that they offer tasty dishes - possibly some high-calorie temptations that could knock you off your healthy diet. So, when you hear family, friends or coworkers ordering things you know you should avoid, just turn to the low-carb and low-calorie dishes found on their menu.
Appetizers for Sharing
Before the waiter brings out the main dishes, enjoy an appetizer. Most of Applebee's appetizers are high in calories and carbs. The two lowest options are the double crunch bone-in wings without sauce or dressing at 650 calories and 11 grams of total carbs and the boneless wings without sauce or dressing at 680 calories and 52 grams of total carbs. Your best bet is to split the appetizer with your dining companion to cut the calories and carbs in half.
Soups and Salads
Applebee's sells soups and salads as appetizers and as entrees. You'll find plenty of healthy options in this category. For example, the house salad without dressing is just 120 calories with 12 grams of total carbs. The Caesar salad adds 100 calories but has 1 less carb. When it comes to soups, you'll want to stick with either the chicken tortilla soup or the Portsmouth clam chowder, both of which have 160 calories. The chicken tortilla carbs come in at 17 grams, while the clam chowder has 18.
When it comes to entrees, you'll have plenty of healthy choices. The 6-ounce USDA select sirloin has 200 calories and just 1 total carb. It can be paired with a host of delicious vegetables, like steamed broccoli or garlicky green beans. The grilled chicken breast has 190 calories and 0 carbs, and the cedar salmon with maple mustard glaze works if you're in the mood for seafood. It has 350 calories and 28 total carbs.
You may think desserts are completely off the table, but Applebee's does offer two small desserts to satisfy your sweet tooth that aren't as high in calories and carbs as other treats. Sink your teeth into the 350-calorie brownie bite with 51 grams of total carbs, or revel in the 410-calorie hot fudge sundae shooter for 51 grams of total carbs.
Of course, you'll want to wash down the mouthwatering Applebee's entree with a refreshing beverage. In addition to water, the restaurant's line of iced tea drinks are your best bet when sticking with low calories and low carbs. The Lipton unsweetened iced tea has zero calories and carbs; the mango and raspberry flavored iced teas have 35 calories and 9 grams of total carbs; the kiwi iced tea is 40 calories and 10 grams of total carbs; and the pomegranate iced tea has 45 calories and 12 grams of total carbs.
About the Author
Alicia Bodine is a New Jersey-based writer specializing in health and nutrition. With more than 13 years of experience, her work has appeared in sites like Livestrong and eHow Food & Drink. She has also served as the Healthy Foods editor at BellaOnline.