So Panera Bread might not be the first restaurant that comes to mind when somebody says "Fast Food", but it's really just fast food's fancier cousin. Especially with the addition of drive through windows in some locations, Panera is an increasingly convenient place to grab a meal during a busy day.
It is also easy to feel like you are indulging at a healthier restaurant, which isn't always the case. For example, an Italian Combo on Ciabatta is a whopping 990 calories! However, with the right choices it is completely possible to have a complete meal for under 500 calories!
Cup of Low Fat Chicken Noodle Soup: Panera may be more famous for their sandwiches and salads, but they also have amazing soups! A cup of their low fat chicken noodle soup is only 80 calories, and is a perfect addition to your skinny Panera meal. (via Panera Bread)
Chocolate Chipper Petite: Didn't think dessert was possible? No worries, we've got you covered! One chocolate chipper petite is only 100 calories, but make sure you're buying a mini cookie and not a full size one. A normal chocolate chipper has 440 calories, so if your Panera bakery doesn't have any petites, opt for an organic yogurt for only 60 calories instead. Find yourself craving something sweet later in the day? Try whipping up one of our 50 favorite guilt-free cookie recipes when you get home! (via Panera Bread)
Total Calories: 490
Next time you're in the middle of a hectic day and in need of a quick meal, you can head to Panera Bread with the confidence that you can indulge without blowing your calorie count for the day! Click here to see Panera's full nutritional menu.