3 Meals that Cut Calories and Fill Your Summer Cravings


Enjoying summer’s most delicious flavors while still keeping your bikini bod in check isn’t as hard as you may think. If you’re craving a specific something, we say fill it with a healthier, more seasonal version of your desired delicacy. Enter Applebee’s, where your afternoons are better with the “Fresh Flavors” summertime lunch menu, featuring dishes under 600 calories and starting at $6.99.

If you’re craving a big bowl of pasta …
Try the Shrimp Scampi Linguine. Instead of heavy sauces and extra ingredients packed with carbs, this light linguine dish is served with juicy shrimp and grilled zucchini. In tune with summer, noodles are tossed in a subtle lemon scampi sauce and topped with fresh basil.

If you’re craving a Caesar salad …
Try the Strawberry and Avocado Salad instead. It’ll fill your hankering without the calories, as it’s made with a lighter dressing and fresher ingredients than other salad options. The grilled chicken on top brings this meal full circle.

If you’re craving steak and potatoes …
Try the Grilled Vidalia Onion Sirloin. A tender seven-ounce sirloin is grilled to perfection and served with garlic spinach, red-skinned potatoes, and a caramelized Vidalia onion, all resting in a light, sweet, and spicy Hawaiian barbecue sauce.