New menu items to look for in chain restaurants in January – 24/7 Wall St.

A common New Year’s resolution is to eat better. That often means choosing healthier options – a salad instead of a cheeseburger, maybe, or a nice piece of grilled fish over a pepperoni pizza.

With a few exceptions, restaurant chains probably aren’t the first places people should go when trying to keep their food promises to themselves. There are too many temptations, too many high calorie elaborations of already extravagant foods. And while you might think the chains would capitalize on resolutions to eat better by offering a few low-calorie options, at least for the first month of the year, that doesn’t seem to be the case.

To compile a list of new items appearing on the channel’s menus this month, 24/7 Tempo continued its regular reviews of Menu Tracker, a column posted weekly by News from the nation’s restaurant, a leading national publication on the restaurant business. Reported by Bret Thorn, NRN senior food and beverage editor, the column features new additions to the menus of a wide range of restaurant chains across the United States (many of them among America’s most successful restaurant chains).

Click here to see what you’ll find on chain restaurant menus in January

While a few plant-based meat possibilities appear on the list (including Beyond Fried Chicken at KFC – what would the Colonel say?), Most of the other items won’t do January dieters any favors. Half-pound spicy cheese and bacon? Beef rib tip omelet? Gingerbread milkshake? Well why not? It’ll be February and back to normal before you know it. (Speaking of half pounds, these are the best burgers you can get at a fast food restaurant.)

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