Panera Bread Calories
Panera Bread has two big claims to fame. One is the nation’s largest free WiFi network. The other is that they bake more fresh bread each day than any other bakery-cafe in the country. Two great accolades.
But what about the Panera Bread calories in their menu items? Well, like many restaurants, it depends on what you order. Here’s a couple of examples what you can order and the calories in each.
You can order Low Fat Vegetable Garden 8 oz with a Whole Grain Loaf, just 220 calories and only 2.5 grams of fat. Or you can order the Broccoli Cheddar Soup 8 oz in a sourdough soup bowl with 790 calories and 17.5 grams of fat.
For the main course, you can order the BBQ Chicken Crispani with 380 calories with 15 grams of fat. Or the Sierra Turkey Sandwich with 840 calories and 40 grams of fat.
And for your drink, how about a Chai Tea Latte with 190 calories and 4 grams of fat. Or a Caramel Latte with 390 calories and 16 grams of fat.
So with the high-calorie selections, it a total of 2020 calories and 73.5 grams of fat. Or the low-calorie selections for a total of 790 calories and 21.5 grams of fat.
The lower calorie selection is obviously a better choice for someone trying to lose weight. But even at 790 calories, that’s not a low-calorie food. And we won’t even mention the other choice at close to the daily recommended intake in one meal.
Since most items involve bread and some type of flavoring, it’s difficult to find what would be considered a low-calorie item. Another big issue is the sauces, salad dressings, and cheeses. Many restaurants have some good choices, then they add the extras and add 100’s of calories.
How you can make a Turkey Sandwich have 40 grams of fat is nothing short of amazing. It’s the cheese in the bread and the chipotle mayo that account for the majority of fat calories.
Now I personally love to go to a Panera Bread restaurant. I can get great sourdough bread that is warm out of the oven. And a very good cup of coffee and surf the net or work while I’m doing it. Not a lot of calories.
And you should know by the name of the restaurant that this is not a low-calorie place to eat. It would be better for the customer as they clearly displayed the calories in each menu item. At least you would know how many calories you are eating.
But I don’t blame the restaurants for offering items that people want. That’s what their business is about, serving people what they want. It’s up to you, the individual, to exercise judgment on what you order.
And if you just had one of the high-calorie items, it not that big of a deal. But if you choose all three for one meal, well, that’s your choice, not Panera Breads. And there are a lot of people who have a high-calorie burn rate, like athletes and etc, that can handle more than the recommended daily intake of 2000.
Panera Bread calories are well worth watching since they can add up quick. The bread items and sauces are the big calorie items. So if the calories per item aren’t listed on the menu (they are starting to do that in many locations), just ask.
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