5 Dishes at Chain Restaurants to Skip for Something Healthier (and Just as Tasty) at Local Eateries in Greater Phoenix

Skip the Cheesecake Factory's French Toast Napoleon for D'Lish's Low Carb Breakfast.
Skip the Cheesecake Factory's French Toast Napoleon for D'Lish's Low Carb Breakfast.
Robby Dob & Fit O.

Eating healthier can sometimes be as easy as switching out one kind of food for another.

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So, inspired by the popular "Eat This, Not That" of Men's Health magazine, who, this October, published a list of the 20 worst, high-calorie dishes at chain restaurants throughout America, we thought we'd offer up five healthier, just-as-tasty, and local alternatives. Enjoy.

1.) Skip: French Toast Napoleon at The Cheesecake Factory Eat: The Low Carb Breakfast at D'Lish

French Toast Napoleon at The Cheesecake Factory: Powdered sugar, pecans, and cream-soaked bread resulting in, according to "Eat This, Not That" of Men's Health magazine, a breakfast with as many calories as 3 dozen eggs. Whoa.

Low Carb Breakfast ($6) at D'Lish: Available at the healthy kitchen and drive-thru with locations in Tempe and Scottsdale, this dish features a hash patty, two eggs, pepper jack, tomato, avocado, and house made pesto served on a bed of organic spring mix greens with balsamic vinaigrette. It's a well-balanced and vegetarian-friendly solution to a.m. eats that won't put you back to sleep before noon.

Skip IHOP's Chicken & Spinach Salad for Praying Monk's grilled chicken salad.
Skip IHOP's Chicken & Spinach Salad for Praying Monk's grilled chicken salad.
Eat This, Not That & Praying Monk

2.) Skip: Chicken & Spinach Salad at IHOP Eat: Grilled Chicken Salad at Praying Monk

Chicken & Spinach Salad at IHOP: Think you're doing yourself a favor by having a salad at a pancake house? Think again. Fried chicken, bacon, and tons of cheddar cheese makes this "health food" highway robbery. In fact, according to "Eat This, Not That" of Men's Health, you could order the chain's worst burger and consume fewer calories.

Grilled Chicken Salad ($10) at Praying Monk: This dish served up at Aaron May's newest restaurant in Scottsdale features grilled chicken, roasted beets, green apples, dried cranberries, roasted almonds, onions, and romaine lettuce in a light mint citrus goat cheese vinaigrette for a fresh and satisfyingly simple salad, minus the scam.



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