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What You Can Expect At Panera Bread: More Than Just Breads And Bagels!

Panera Bread has more than just breads and bagels. If you modify some of their offerings, you can walk away with a pretty healthy meal that won't ruin your physique. Also great for post-workout... Learn more.

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  • Avoid the paninis. They contain too much fat and carbohydrates.
  • Panera offers some good salad dressings, so you could try a salad.
  • Try to avoid the sauces as much as possible. They are high in sugar.

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    Panera Bread has more than just breads and bagels. If you modify some of their offerings, you can walk away with a pretty healthy meal that won't ruin your physique. And, if you really have a bread craving, save it for post-workout so you can replace your muscle glycogen after a hard training session.

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    Navigating Panera Bread

      Stear clear of the panini's which are loaded with fat and carbs and opt for a sandwich, soup or salad instead. Even then, it's best if you make some modifications so you don't find yourself ordering the full Chipotle Chicken on Artisan French bread with 1070 calories and 55 grams of fat!

      As can be expected, each sandwich is made with one of Panera's tasty breads. Therefore, you'll need to ask for the whole grain bread instead (or sourdough which doesn't cause the same spike that white bread does) and skip all of the added sauces while adding veggies.

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      Panera has a few fairly clean salad dressings including the fat free reduced sugar poppyseed dressing, Greek dressing (note this is high in fat though the fat is healthy) and reduced sugar Asian sesame vinaigrette.


    Good Bets At Panera Bread

    Entree Calories Protein Fat Carbs Sugar Modifications
    Half Smoked Turkey Breast on Country 310 17 9 40 2 Choose the full for more calories; choose a whole grain bread
    Half Smoked Turkey Breast on Sourdough 240 15 9 25 2 Choose the full for more calories
    Salad - Full Strawberry Poppyseed with Chicken 290 26 9 29 19 Skip the poppyseed dressing and opt for oil & vinegar instead
    Low Fat Chicken Noodle, 12 oz 160 9 3 23 2  
    Low Fat Garden Vegetable, 12 oz 120 4 1 24 2  


    Conclusion

    If you forget anything on this list, remember this - salads and broth based soups are your best bets. And, ditch sauces which can add teaspoons of sugar and/or fat. If you are watching your carbs but craving a sandwich, just opt for whole grain bread instead of Asiago cheese or Focaccia, skip the sauce and add vegetables on top. Sure, it won't be the most clean meal ever but, you can minimize the damage by making a few modifications.

      Check Out Panera Bread's Complete Nutritional Information Here.

    About The Author:

    Marie Spano is a leading authority on translating the latest nutrition and exercise science research into real life applications. Ms. Spano has also helped professional and Olympic athletes and Fortune 500 executives enhance their health and performance through sound nutrition practices. She is a regular contributor to bodybuilding.com. For more information see: www.mariespano.com