2013 Panera Bread Survival Guide (Best and Worst Orders)

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Here at the HG HQ, we LOVE Panera Bread -- so many great options!!! Like most places, there are plenty of nutritional duds lurking on the menu, but we're focusing on the good stuff since there's SO much of it! Here's everything you need to know before visiting Panera Bread. Enjoy!

  The Hidden Menu!!!

This incredible secret menu is packed with low-carb/high-protein power foods. You won't find these offerings on in-store menu boards (that's the "hidden" part!), but you can get 'em at any Panera location...

Power Breakfast Egg White Bowl with Roasted Turkey
1 bowl: 170 calories, 4.5g fat, 500mg sodium, 5g carbs, 1g fiber, 2g sugars, 28g protein -- PointsPlus® value 4*

Here we have spinach, roasted peppers, and basil pesto with egg whites and turkey. Light, but loaded with protein.

Power Breakfast Egg Bowl with Steak
1 bowl: 270 calories, 17g fat, 440mg sodium, 7g carbs, 3g fiber, 2g sugars, 25g protein -- PointsPlus® value 7*

Want a more substantial b-fast? Try this combo of steak 'n eggs with tomatoes and avocado. YUM!

Power Steak Lettuce Wraps
1 bowl: 210 calories, 9g fat, 240mg sodium, 8g carbs, 2g fiber, 3g sugars, 25g protein -- PointsPlus® value 5*

Mmmm, more steak... This time with cut veggies, lettuce leaves, and basil pesto.


Power Chicken Hummus Bowl
1 bowl: 330 calories, 13g fat, 590mg sodium, 23g carbs, 8g fiber, 3g sugars, 33g protein --
PointsPlus® value 8*

This dish features cilantro-jalapeño hummus... We're getting SERIOUSLY hungry writing about these power picks!

Power Mediterranean Chicken Salad
1 bowl: 360 calories, 20g fat, 590mg sodium, 12g carbs, 3g fiber, 2g sugars, 35g protein --
PointsPlus® value 9*

Hooray for a nice big flavor-packed salad! If you want, order it without the olive oil: Then it'll have 250 calories and 8g fat (PointsPlus® value 6*). But remember, olive oil does contain healthy fat.

Power Mediterranean Roasted Turkey Salad
1 bowl: 320 calories, 21g fat, 830mg sodium, 12g carbs, 4g fiber, 2g sugars, 22g protein --
PointsPlus® value 8*

Another stellar salad option! Without oil, it has 210 calories and 9g fat (PointsPlus® value 5*).

  Breakfast Standouts!

Steel Cut Oatmeal
1 order: 340 - 350 calories, 9 - 13g fat, 160 - 170mg sodium, 51 - 62g carbs, 8 - 9g fiber, 16 - 22g sugars, 6 - 7g protein -- PointsPlus® value 9*

Choose either the blueberries & granola or the strawberries & pecans version. Both come with a cinnamon crunch topping. Looking for more of a mini morning meal? Skip the granola or pecans, and each fruity oatmeal bowl will have just 240 calories and 3g fat (PointsPlus® value 6*). Love that!

Strawberry Granola Parfait
1 order: 310 calories, 11g fat, 100mg sodium, 43g carbs, 3g fiber, 30g sugars, 9g protein -- PointsPlus® value 8*

Made with low-fat vanilla yogurt, fresh berries, and maple butter pecan granola (featuring whole-grain oats), this protein-packed pick should fuel you up for the day! Bonus: It's served all day long (while the parfaits last, that is!).

And don't forget about those Hidden Menu breakfast bowls!

  The Bakery Rundown...

Best Bagel Choices: A Plain one (290 calories, 1.5g fat, 2g fiber, PointsPlus® value 8*) or a Whole Grain one (340 calories, 2.5g fat, 6g fiber, PointsPlus® value 9*). HG tip: Scoop out some of the insides to save starchy calories and still get that bagel fix!

Worst Bagel Choice: The Cinnamon Crunch, with 420 calories and 6g fat (PointsPlus® value 11*). Not worth it!

Cream Cheese FYI: There are tons of reduced-fat cream cheese options: Hazelnut, Honey Walnut, Plain, Wild Blueberry, Chive & Onion, and Roasted Vegetable Medley. Each has 55 - 75 calories and 4.5 - 6g fat per ounce (PointsPlus® value 1 - 2*). Watch out for the original Plain, though -- an ounce has 95 calories and 9g fat (PointsPlus® value 3*)! BTW, an ounce of cream cheese is about 2 tablespoons. Request "just a schmear" to cut calories and fat!

Small-Sized Sweets: Your best bets are the Petite Chocolate Chipper (110 calories, 6g fat, PointsPlus® value 3*), Strawberries & Cream Mini Scone (140 calories, 7g fat, PointsPlus® value 4*), and Wild Blueberry Mini Scone (160 calories, 7g fat, PointsPlus® value 4*). Just don't confuse the aforementioned Chipper with the Chocolate Chip Muffie... The latter has 320 calories and 14g fat (PointsPlus® value 9*)! 

  You Pick Two!!!

We LOVE this menu feature. Pair a cup of soup with half of any sandwich or salad. Here are some of our top picks! Mix 'n match...

Low-Fat All-Natural Chicken Noodle (80 calories, 1g fat, PointsPlus® value 2*)
Low-Fat Vegetarian Garden Vegetable with Pesto (100 calories, 3.5g fat, PointsPlus® value 2*)
Low-Fat Vegetarian Black Bean (170 calories, 2g fat, PointsPlus® value 5*)

Half Classic (90 calories, 5g fat, PointsPlus® value 2*)
Half Strawberry Poppyseed & Chicken (170 calories, 6g fat, PointsPlus® value 4*)
Half BBQ Chopped Chicken (250 calories, 11g fat, PointsPlus® value 7*)

That summery strawberry salad's a seasonal item, so get it while you can!

Half Smoked Turkey Breast on Country Bread (210 calories, 1.5g fat, PointsPlus® value 5*)
Half Mediterranean Veggie on Tomato Basil Bread (290 calories, 6g fat, PointsPlus® value 7*)
Half Roasted Turkey & Avocado BLT on Sourdough Bread (260 calories, 11g fat, PointsPlus® value 7*)


Hungry for More?

Check out the Nutrition Calculator on the Panera Bread website. You can customize your order and get the exact stats. Panera also posts the nutritional info for menu items in ALL of its stores. That ROCKS!


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