I know that anything in excess isn't good for you, but is panera a good meal choice? If I keep it within my daily caloric limit, is it a good meal for me?
I usually have....
cheddar broccoli soup, half of a turkey sandwhich, and a whole grain baqquet.
I get the turkey on whole grain too. It is 600 calories, and I have it on days when I can fit it in. So good or bad for weight loss?
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If the whole thing is around 600, then it looks ok (wouldn't be on a body builders 'to eat list' though), as long as your getting your essential fats and protein your good...
I'd go with the veggie soup or black bean soup instead of the cheddar broccoli... less calories and less fat.... I just had panera the other day and got french onion soup and 1/2 of their roast beef sandwich, no baguette. total calories was about 425... yum :)
EDIT: the whole meal is 600 calories exactly when I logged it on here. And that's on country bread instead of whole grain, bc I was lazy and just logged it as that.
did you check the panera website? 600 cals seems a little low for all that... I ♥ panera and have almost all the calories for their food memorized... lol :)
Yes; are you sure those are the correct numbers?
Remember that on the panera web site the top nutrition table is for a HALF PORTION ONLY of their meal-- you have to SCROLL DOWN in the pop up window in order to get the portion they actually serve. Ridiculous, and obviously calculated to deceive people. Panera bread is NOT low calorie at all...not even their salads.
If you like it and you can fit it in then go for it.. but I wouldn't be surprised if they are serving more calories than they are listing. =/
730 calories... and i'm always very suspicious of places that I eat at and their calorie stats, do you think the teenager making it cares about putting 2.5 slices of cheese? if they put 4 they think they are doing you a favor, but when panera calculated it they used 1 slice, and your ingesting another 200-300 calories...... (my paranoid thoughts atleast)
If you use the Meyer Lemon Vinaigrette its another 70 cal.
Veggie Soup (90cals)
Black Bean Soup (160 cals)
Chicken Noodle Soup (100 cals)
Fuji Apple Chicken Salad (290 cals for a half portion)
Orchard Harvest Salad, no chicken (220 cals for half, 440 for full)
Smokehouse Turkey Panini (350 for half portion)
I use these options when building a you-pick-two meal for between 310 and 510 calories. If you're going to eat a side, go for the apple, about 70 calories I'd guess. The whole grain baguette is another 240 calories (ouch!)
If you can fit this in, and it works for you, and you weigh yourself consistently and you aren't gaining weight, don't let anyone DISCOURAGE you from eating panera!! Just don't over do it, and stick within your limits for the day. I've lost 29 lbs, since September 07, I'm now down two 142 lbs, and I eat at panera once, or twice a week, (there is a panera right behind my house).
I just stay within my limit as it appears that you are doing, incorporate it in a healthy, balance diet, and exercise from 1/2 an hour to an hour each day.
Just weigh yourself, and monitor yourself!
Have fun...and don't overdo it!
I DO THE SAME THING STORM....ALWAYS smokehouse turkey, broccli and cheddar or...creamy tomato soup, whole grain baguette....orrrrrrrrrrrr.......fuji apple chicken salad.....great meal for between 500-700 calories.....and if I eat at panera, it is my main meal of the day!
ANd look at it this way, it's better than McDonald's!
Ok well I added it up right I thought...I get the turkey sandwhich plain. SO it is just turkey and whole grain bread. And it is the half too (usually a sliver).
The soup, I should probably switch to a healthier one. UGH! I just love broccoli and cheese, so when I am craving it, panera is great.
The baqquet I could probably go without too...but usually dont :/
Anyways, when I added it up the way I eat it and all, I got 600 calories. But who knows...maybe I should leave 100 calories on days I go there just for some lee-way?
My friend sent me this awesome website with the unhealthiest choises at various chain restaurants and some health(ier) alternatives. Here is the link for panera, though you can get to a bunch of different restaurants from here too
I do love panera, but I am a sucker for apple streudel bagels. SO bad
Yeah I'm sorry... I'm going to have to say that its good for your weight loss if you truly enjoy it. I'm not trying to lose weight or anything, but I have noticed on virtually all of these threads that when people feel like they are depriving themselves of foods thier diets fail and they gain weight, ironically. It's simple... just don't go over board.
omg, i work at panera! i make all the sandwiches and salads, though the only thing i eat there is the crust of a whole grain baguette. i would have to buy everything else.
On a typical lunch day I'll get the pick two>> 1/2 medterrean veg sandwich & garden veg soup. I'll also get the french baguette but I'll save it for dinner and thow it in a salad or something. But for dinner or a heavier lunch I'll have the whole medterrean veg. sandwich. I think its about 600 calories with 12g fat. Which really isn't too bad. But I'll opt for the apple instead of a slice of bread (too much then).
The website has really good nutritional information. Just avoid the bakery section and your good to go. Also opt. out of cheese or mayo and anything there should be diet friendly (oh, and go for the lowfat soups they offer instead of the regular.)
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