Panera Bread offers new calorie conscious menu items

Doesn’t fresh, warm bread sound good? Satisfy your cravings at Panera Bread. My family has enjoyed going to Panera Bread even when my kids were toddlers. There is something delicious for everyone. It is a great alternative to fast food or sit-down restaurants when you have little ones too. Panera Bread offers a full menu of salads, sandwiches, soups, specialty drinks, and even kids meals.

Panera Bread has an excellent bakery of freshly baked breads, bagels, baked egg soufflés, pastries and tempting sweets baked fresh daily. I often stop by Panera Bread to grab fresh bread when we are invited to dinner at someone’s house. It is always a hit and you can have them slice it however you want. We often buy the pastry rings too, great for a sweet snack item to take to parties, or as a little pick me up surprise for friends and family.

New Calorie Conscious Menu Items at Panera Bread

Have you stuck to your new year’s resolution to eat healthy? It’s easy at Panera Bread with their new delicious and nutritious items they just added to their menu.

New Thai Chopped Chicken Salad at Panera Bread

We had the chance to sample Panera’s new Thai Chopped Chicken Salad. You will never believe that this large, hearty salad has only 390 calories. It is packed with 33 grams of protein that leaves you totally satisfied. The Thai Chopped Chicken Salad is made up of romaine lettuce, wonton strips, fire-roasted edamame, red bell peppers, carrots, generous portion of seasoned grilled chicken, Thai roasted cashews, fresh cilantro, and Thai-style peanut drizzle. Panera’s Thai Chili Vinaigrette gives it an authentic Thai flavor. I’ve never been to Thailand, however we enjoy Thai flavors a lot. Don’t worry, it is not too spicy or “weird”, my kids even liked it.

picture of Panera Thai Chopped Chicken Salad
Panera Thai Chopped Chicken Salad

New Low-Fat Wild Berry Smoothie at Panera Bread

Have you enjoyed a smoothie at Panera Bread? They now have 4 smoothies to delight in. Their new smoothie is a Low-Fat Wild Berry Smoothie so you can indulge as often as you like at less than 300 calories each. Smoothies are a big treat for us, we love them. The wild berry smoothie is a delicious blend of apple & blueberry purees with blueberry and raspberry juices blended with organic vanilla yogurt from Stonyfield Farm.  It is delicious and nutritious! It is the perfect blend of flavors with the yogurt, of course my family really loves raspberries so it was a hit. Kids think they are milk shakes, love this healthier alternative.

picture of Panera Wild Berry Smoothie
Panera Wild Berry Smoothie

More new menu items at Panera

Panera’s Trail Mix Bagel is filled with apples, bananas, cherries, cranberries, peanut butter flavored chips, cinnamon chips, maple bits and raisins, and topped with honey-roasted sunflower seeds. Sounds like a treat for breakfast or anytime of day to me!

Panera’s artisan bakers have created an Irish Soda Bread for this St. Patrick’s Day. They added currants and a hint of caraway to the traditional Irish Soda Bread recipe. Available March 11 – 17.

Like I said, we enjoy the bakery and sweets at Panera. Panera’s new Strawberry Hot Cross Buns are made with soft egg bread, orange zest, dried strawberries, and topped with a sweet icing.  Make this a new Lenten tradition. Available Fridays through Sundays March 11 – April 10; and everyday from April 15 – 24.

Kids Meals at Panera Bread

Usually, our kids tend to eat off the main menu, usually splitting a meal. My kids like lots of flavors. However, if your child prefers a more kid-friendly option, Panera Bread has you covered. My kids chose the ham and cheese kids meals which comes with a full sandwich (1/2 sandwich pictured below) and a yogurt tube.

picture of Panera Bread 1/2 Ham Sandwich (part of kids meal)
Panera Bread 1/2 Ham Sandwich (part of kids meal)

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Updated: 3-23-11 Winner Announced: Jen M


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This was not a paid post. My own opinions were used based on my perceptions and experience. Thank you to Panera Bread who provided the gift cards for review & giveaway.

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765 thoughts on “Panera Bread offers new calorie conscious menu items

  1. Salleefur/Jesslyn says:

    Lots of temptations on their menu but I can’t resist the Turkey Artichoke Hot Panini!

  2. dddiva says:

    We love Panera. The Turkey Artichoke Panini is awesome and the French Onion Soup is very good. Another thing we’d like to try is the Asian Sesame Chicken salad.

  3. Toni Alabakovski says:

    I checked out and commented on the what will happen to our children about will’s post

  4. Khristi says:

    Cuban Chicken Panini
    All-natural, antibiotic-free chicken, smoked, lean ham, sweet & spicy pickle chips, Swiss, chipotle mayo & sun-dried tomato ale mustard on our Focaccia.

  5. Jennifer Hess says:

    Visited Panera’s website and I would love to try the new All-Natural Steak Chili with Cornbread…sounds yummy!

  6. Theresa says:

    I haven’t been to Panera in a while. Looks like I need to get there soon! I’d love to try their Tomato & Mozzarella Panini. It sounds delicious!

  7. Jennifer T. says:

    I’m a facebook fan of Panera Bread under username Jennie Tilson.

  8. Jennifer T. says:

    I’m a facebook fan of Akron Ohio under username Jennie Tilson.

  9. Jennifer T. says:

    I’d love to try the Low-Fat Vegetarian Black Bean soup and the Fuji Apple Chicken salad.

  10. Debbie C says:

    I would like to try the Turkey Panini Hot Panini sandwich at Panera Bread.

    dchrisg3 @ gmail . com

  11. Denise S says:

    I want to try the new All-Natural Steak Chili with Cornbread.
    lazybones344 at gmail dot com

  12. Penny S. says:

    I would like to try Panera Bread’s Smokehouse Turkey Sandwich with a cup of chicken noodle soup.

  13. Dominique says:

    It was hard to gind something I haven’t tried yet lol. I’d like to try their Spinach and Bacon Souffle.

  14. MelissaO says:

    Would love to try Brocoli Cheddar soup in a bread bowl…love carbs!

    wolverina401 at gmail dot com

  15. Joseph says:

    I would like to try the “Asiago Roast Beef Sandwich”, – Oven-roasted beef, smoked cheddar, lettuce, tomatoes, red onions & creamy horseradish sauce, on our Asiago Cheese Demi.

  16. Angie Corey says:

    Liked you & Panera on facebook, followed you both on Twitter (sweet11321/Kathrine Mills), Retweeted, Joined Google Friends Connect (sweet11321/Kathrine Mills),

  17. Jenn S. says:

    I would like to try their Low-Fat All-Natural Chicken Noodle Soup in a freshly baked bread bowl.
    Sounds yummy!

  18. jamie anderson says:

    Love Panera. Take my son there after school at least twice a week. I eat breakfast there when I’m working abd sometimes go back for dinner later. Excellent food and portion size.

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  20. Chris says:

    I would love to try the thai chicken salad. Of course anyone who knows me would have guessed that. I have an unhealthy love for Thai.

  21. Margaret Smith says:

    I’d love to try the Cream of Chicken & Wild Rice soup.
    Thanks so much.

  22. alycep says:

    The Tomato and Mozzarella sandwich looks very good. I go to Paneras a lot and especially love their iced green tea in the summer.

  23. Ann F says:

    My favorite sandwich at Panera’s is the Chipotle Chicken on Toasted French bread.

    abfantom at yahoo dot com

  24. Jennifer says:

    My family loves to get bagels just about every Saturday! As a vegetarian I love the mediterranean veggie sandwich too. After looking at the menu I want to try the Tomato & Mozzarella on Ciabatta! YUM!

  25. Meaghan F. says:

    I’ve never been there, but I’d like to try the Tomato & Mozzarella panini.
    Miss_slytherin [at] live [dot] com

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  27. Kimberly Ahlstrom says:

    I just got the Thai salad on sunday and it was soooo good!!! I love the fact that it isnt super fattening too since I of course had to get a scone and soup to go with it!
    I cant wait to try the wild berry smoothie especially once it warms up outside..sounds refreshing and its made with organic ingredients! The strawberry one is awesome there!
    I “like” panera on fb now:)

  28. Andrea says:

    I love love love their baked potato soup. I will be trying the Trail Mix Bagel. Haven’t had it yet but it sure sounds yummy. The closest Panera to us is Wooster which is 1/2 hour away. I’m headed to Wooster tomorrow and will have to stop to stock up on bagels. And the next time I go there to eat I will be trying that Thai Chicken Salad.

  29. Leanne says:

    I want to try the broccoli cheese soup… Ok, so I’ve tried it before but on a day like today, I want to try it again! 🙂

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