IHOP’s red velvet crepes have nearly as many calories and more fat than the Bacon Buffalo Ranch McChicken sandwich from McDonalds — in just a single serving. A full order makes a Double Quarter Pounder with cheese, which serves up a whopping 780 calories and 45 grams of fat, seem like a healthy option.
- 420 calories
- 24 grams fat
- 390 mg sodium
- 28 grams sugar
- 800 calories
- 48 grams fat
- 780 mg sodium
- 54 grams sugar
The hefty tally doesn’t include the rest of the meal. What IHOP breakfast would be complete without eggs, right? Your options here range from 130-220 calories.
- Two fried eggs: 170 calories / 12 grams of fat / 160 mg sodium / 0 grams sugar
- Two scrambled eggs: 220 calories / 17 grams of fat / 230 mg sodium / 1 gram sugar
- Two hard boiled eggs: 160 calories / 11 grams of fat / 125 mg sodium / 1 gram sugar
- Two poached eggs: 130 calories / 8 grams of fat / 260 mg sodium / 0 grams sugar
Add on an order of classic hash browns…
- Hash browns: 280 calories / 18 grams of fat / 430 mg sodium / 1 gram sugar
Orange juice? Of course!
- 10 oz: 110 calories / 0 fat / 10 mg sodium / 22 grams of sugar
- 12 oz (kids size): 140 calories / 0 fat / 15 mg sodium / 33 grams of sugar
- 16 oz: 200 calories / 0 fat / 20 mg sodium / 46 grams of sugar
By the time all is said and done you could be chowing down on a gut-busting breakfast with 1,500 calories and 83 grams of fat.
The Worst Order
Given these options, the most unhealthy order you can place is a full order of IHOP’s red velvet crepes with two scrambled eggs, hash browns and a 16-ounce orange juice. Check out how it compares to the daily recommended 2,000-calorie diet.
- 1,500 calories — 75%
- 83 grams of fat — 127%
- 1,460 milligrams of sodium — 61%
- 102 grams of sugar — 408%
Recommended Daily Diet
- 2,000 calories
- 65 grams of fat
- 2,400 milligrams of sodium
- 25 grams of sugar
And here I thought I was doing horribly with my gigantic daily Taco Bell order.
The Best Order
Sticking with this menu, the best you can order is one crepe with two poached eggs, hash browns and a 10-ounce orange juice.
- 940 calories — 47%
- 50 grams of fat — 77%
- 1,140 milligrams of sodium — 48%
- 51 grams of sugar — 204%
Of course healthy substitutions can save a ton of fat and calories. Swapping out hash browns for mixed fruit alone with save more than 200 calories and 18 grams of fat. Other changes will also knock down the mountainous unhealthy totals.
Just don’t go for the country fried steak and sausage gravy. This is the absolute, hands down unhealthiest item on the menu with a jaw-dropping 1,500 calories, 91 grams of fat and 3,880 milligrams of sodium.