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Panera Bread will make you fat!

Monday, April 12, 2010

Quick quiz: What is lower in calories? The half chicken sandwich on artisan French bread or McDonald's grilled chicken club sandwich? Would you be surprised to discover that the Panera choice is about the same in calories but 9 grams gram higher in fat, 1 gram higher in saturated fat! I was sure surprised.
See, a few years ago I lost a lot of weight (45lbs). I was walkin' around in my size 4 jeans and really careful about my calories. I thought! Occasionally, I'd meet my friend for lunch at Panera. Trying to be good, I stayed away from mayo and meats. My choice was the Portobello Mozzarella with an apple on the side. I know cheese is high in fat, but I felt this was a decent splurge without going crazy! After about 6 months of once a week lunches, I saw weight creeping back on. After reviewing my food logs, I decided to research that so called healthy option.
On Dotties Weight Loss Zone,
I saw that my favorite lunch was ALL my daily calories! I have not been back to Panera since. I invented a portobello sandwich with 1/4 that amount of calories and tastes the same!

If you had a friend tell you she eats at Burger King every day, you'd say, "Oh, that's not healthy, you should go elsewhere." , but if she said she eats at Panera everyday, you'd say, "Lucky, wish I could afford that!"
Well, your Burger King friend has more low cal choices than your Panera friend!
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    Actually half ham and cheese is 350 calories and 14 grams fat and half salad is 200 calories 14 grams fat. I continue to advocate avoiding Panera Bread. Even my next fav, Mediterranean Veggie is 260 cals 8 fat. And like I'm really gonna only eat half!
    4016 days ago
    Panera can be a healthy choice if you eat the right things. I get a half sandwich (usually ham and cheese), a half ceasar salad with the dressing on the side and an apple. It's less than 400 calories.
    4016 days ago
    I have only been to Panera once and it was okay, but wasn't a place I would go out of my way for. I guess I am lucky there is not one with 60 miles of me. Maybe there is a good reason to live out in the country, less fast foods more natural foods.
    4016 days ago
    Yikes, that is bad. Jason's Deli has some decent choices, but no matter where you eat out the message is clear, you better research what you are going to eat before you go if at all possible. You are right, it is just not worth all those hidden calories. I did some eating out this weekend, but was pretty good. I try to avoid it as well. It is like a big red warning flag! Thanks for sharing.
    4016 days ago
    Yes- you are so right!! I read "eat this not that" book and the Sierra Turkey sandwich (which I love) was in there from Panera.... on the "not" page." I couldn't believe how much fat was in it!!

    I have been avoiding eating out as much as possible. It's just not worth it.
    4016 days ago
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