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Zone Living

Breaking down the latest research on Anti-Inflammatory Nutrition
Written By: Dr. Barry Sears, Ph. D | Creator of the Zone Diet

Written by Lynn Sears
on June 01, 2013


They're everywhere. A Denny's restaurant has made itself at home in just about every community across the nation. How convenient it would be to pop into one. But have you seen the menu? Well, our food detective Sherlock Zone has and is dismayed about all the unZoneful choices. But he's up for the challenge to try to find selections that keep diners in the Zone.


A breakfast caught his eye:

  • Senior Fit Fare Omelet
    Egg-white omelet with spinach, mushrooms, freshly made pico de gallo and shredded Cheddar cheese. Served with seasonal fruit and a bowl of oatmeal. Now that's a breakfast in the Zone

There were also two salads:

  • Cranberry Apple Chicken Salad
    Grilled seasoned chicken breast, glazed pecans, apple slices and dried cranberries atop a bed of spring mix. Served with balsamic vinaigrette. Salad also served in half sizes. Tell your server to go easy on the cranberries and glazed pecans.
  • Chicken Deluxe Salad
    Your choice of golden-fried breaded chicken strips or a grilled seasoned chicken breast sliced on top of crisp mixed greens with grape tomatoes, cucumbers, red onions and cheddar cheese. Served with the dressing of your choice and dinner bread. Obviously, you should go for the grilled chicken and skip the bread.

And for dinner:

  • Tilapia Ranchero
    A seasoned white fish fillet grilled and topped with freshly made pico de gallo and fresh avocado. Served with a side of smoked cheddar mashed potatoes and dinner bread. Substitute extra vegetables.
  • Senior Fit Fare Grilled Chicken
    A grilled seasoned chicken breast with mashed potatoes and brown gravy, broccoli and a fresh garden salad with balsamic vinaigrette as your side choices. Again, no potatoes, which Sherlock was surprised about, considering the entre is billed as "Fit Fare."

Broccoli and vegetables for dipping are the only favorable carb sides.


Although it's slim pickins' at Denny's, there are a handful of choices for people who want a quick, convenient meal.

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