More chain restaurants are luring health-conscious consumers with lower-calorie menus.
The Under 550 Calories menu at Applebee's includes the Napa Chicken & Portobellos, featuring a grilled chicken breast topped with Portobello mushrooms and onions in a red wine sauce, plus sautéed zucchini, mushrooms, roasted red peppers, red onions and crispy red potatoes.
The Italian chain this year introduced a light menu, featuring grilled mahi mahi and salmon dishes, chicken Caprese, pasta with pesto sauce and Mediterranean shrimp.
The Skinnylicious menu at the Cheesecake Factory features salads, wraps, sandwiches, and sushi. The soft tacos include soft corn tortillas filled with spicy chicken or shrimp, avocado, tomato, onions, cilantro and cream with a side of vegetables.
Lighter options at this bar and grill include chicken and tilapia dishes topped with a mango-chile salsa, a margarita-marinated grilled chicken on a bed of rice and black beans, and a 6-oz. grilled sirloin topped with pico de gallo and served with steamed broccoli.
A chain traditionally known for its fried comfort food, Cracker Barrel this year unveiled a Wholesome Fixin's menu with lower-calorie options, including egg and cheese sliders on whole-wheat flatbread with a side of fresh fruit.
From the Fit Fare menu at Denny's, customers may order a veggie omelette, banana pecan pancakes with turkey bacon, a turkey burger or the veggie skillet, which features red-skinned potatoes, peppers and onions, mushrooms and broccoli topped with two egg whites scrambled with spinach and grape tomatoes. The dish has more than 20 grams of protein and less than 550 calories.
IHOP's Simple and Fit menu includes whole-wheat pancakes, waffles and french toast, scrambled egg substitute, turkey bacon, fresh fruit. The vegetable omelette contains spinach, mushroom, tomatoes, onions and Swiss cheese with a side of fruit for 330 calories.
The Venetian Apricot Chicken dish on Olive Garden's Lighter Italian Fare menu features a pair of grilled chicken breasts in an apricot citrus sauce with broccoli, asparagus and diced tomatoes.
Lower-calorie options at Outback Steakhouse includes a wood-fire grilled pork chop served with mashed potatoes, steamed green beans and a Creole marmalade.
Lighthouse Selections at Red Lobster include wood-grilled salmon, tilapia and trout, rock lobster tail and the Bar Harbor Salad with chicken, shrimp or salmon.
At Ruby Tuesday, calorie-counting customers may order the Hickory Bourbon Salmon, a griddled salmon filet glazed with bourbon barbecue sauce and served with grilled zucchini and roasted spaghetti squash for 485 calories.