E.R. physician Dr. Travis Stork and David Zinczenko, editor-in-chief of Men's Health and author of Cook This, Not That, caution that many of your favorite restaurant meals have hidden sugars, fats and salts. They show you how to prepare healthier versions of your favorite dishes using recipes from Cook This, Not That.
Breakfast • Denny's Belgian Waffle Slam — 820 calories, 64 grams of fat (27g saturated fat), 1,270mg sodium
Whole Grain Waffles with Ham and Eggs
270 calories, 11g fat (3.5g saturated fat), 890mg sodium
"If you know how to make sunny-side up eggs, and you have five minutes, you're in business," David says.
Swap the high-calorie Belgian waffle for a whole grain version and start your day off with a healthy, delicious meal!
"You're going to be saving over 500 calories and almost a day's worth of saturated fat in this one tasty breakfast," David says. "You definitely want to have a healthy breakfast because it decreases your chances of obesity by 90 percent."
Lunch • Carl's Jr. Original Six Dollar Burger — 890 calories, 54g fat (20g saturated), 2,040mg sodium
The Ultimate Burger
320 calories, 12g fat (6g saturated), 710mg sodium
Many fast-food restaurants make their burgers with high-fat meat and condiments. The Ultimate Burger is prepared with a sirloin and ground brisket combination, which is relatively lean. Dusted with caramelized onions for flavor and sandwiched between potato bread buns, the Ultimate Burger packs more protein and fiber with fewer calories.
"You're controlling your own food supply, so you know what is in the food," David says.
Dinner • Pizza Hut Supreme Pan Pizza (two large slices) — 800 calories, 40g fat (16g saturated fat), 1,780mg sodium
The Loaded Pizza
300 calories, 14g fat (6g saturated fat), 780mg sodium
Made with whole wheat crust and topped with chicken or turkey sausage, onions, red peppers, green olives, artichoke hearts and basil, the Loaded Pizza offers all the flavor with a fraction of the calorie and fat content of the delivery pizza.
"You're loading it with vitamins, and minerals, and protein and fiber," David says, "which is all the stuff you want to do to get the nutrients into your body and the junk out."
Important Note to Our Viewers: As David Zinczenko explained, the correct calorie content of Denny's Belgian Waffle Slam is 820 calories, however, our graphic in the show contained conflicting information.
The correct information is:
DENNY'S BELGIAN WAFFLE SLAM
Fat: 64 grams (27 saturated)
Sodium: 1,270 mg
To find the full list of nutritional information for Denny's restaurants, click here.