Denny's Debuts New 'Fit Fare' Menu

Nearly three months after it launched its Baconalia menu celebrating all things bacon, family-dining chain Denny's has introduced Fit Fare, decidedly less indulgent meals for guests seeking lower-calorie foods.

Spartanburg, S.C.-based Denny's said the new menu items fit two of the following four qualifications: "lean," with 15 or fewer grams of fat per serving; "light," with fewer than 550 calories per serving; "protein," containing more than 20 grams of protein per serving; and "fiber," with more than eight grams of fiber per serving.

Fit Fare dishes have been integrated into the chain's standard menu rather than getting the standalone treatment of Baconalia, the All Nighter and the $2 $4 $6 $8 Value Menu.

"Denny's recognizes the importance [of] provid[ing] choices that cater to our guests' dietary needs," John Dillon, vice president of marketing, said in a statement. "Whether it's reducing fat and calories or increasing fiber intake, our Fit Fare menu has delicious options to satisfy any taste, budget or dietary preference."

Some of the new items are lower-calorie variations of Denny's signatures, like the Fit Slam, a more healthful Grand Slam breakfast consisting of scrambled egg whites with spinach and grape tomatoes, turkey bacon, an English muffin, and a side of fruit.

New lunch options include the Chicken Avocado Sandwich and the Cranberry Apple Chicken Salad, while Tilapia Ranchero and Sweet and Tangy BBQ Chicken round out the dinner menu.

Guests also can opt for Fit Fare upgrades to regular entrees by substituting egg whites, wheat pancakes and chicken sausage for standard breakfast fare at no additional charge.

Denny's operates, licenses or franchises more than 1,600 restaurants in the United States and seven foreign countries.

— Mark Brandau

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