By popular demand, I am continuing this series of posts where I obtain a restaurant’s nutritional information and hack through it to find the low sodium menu items to aid my fellow sojourners to be able to adhere to their low sodium diets and lifestyles and still dine out. This time the restaurant is Applebee’s and you can find their nutritional information I used listed here.
I was pretty dismayed overall with the menu. A majority of the items all contain well over 1000 mg of sodium for the meal, and go up as you add on sides. Considering the recommendations for a healthy sodium intake is only 1500 mg a day, you would hit your daily sodium limit in one meal. All areas of the menu, from Appetizer’s and salads, to sandwiches and entrees were in these high ranges. I actually found more low sodium options at McDonald’s which you can see here.
I resorted to the usual tricks of even checking the Children’s menu, as this is typically a way to control the sodium through the smaller portions that a restaurant uses for the kid’s meal. So, can I eat low sodium at Applebee’s? Here is the recommendation for a meal that you can enjoy at Applebee’s and still stay within your sodium limit for the day.
First off, just to know what the worst item on the menu is, the Sizzling Skillet Fajitas with Rice, Shrimp, & Steak – Tri-tip. It comes in at a whopping 5960 mg of sodium.
Our safer low sodium meal also includes steak as well. The 4 oz. Sirloin form the “Kid’s Really Really Hungry Menu” comes in at 610 mg without sides. A baked potato side from the regular menu comes in at 120 mg.
Other menu options are a House salad is 400 mg and 85 mg for the Oriental dressing, or you can get the Caesar salad, dressed, for 490 mg.
Two other menu items you could have as your main if you don’t want the sirloin would be the corn dog at 590 mg or the kids Macaroni and Cheese at 550 mg. There are also some very good options for sides on the kids menu such as white rice for 140 mg or steamed broccoli for 25 mg and apple dippers with yogurt for 25 mg.