Fast Food Under 500: Panera Bread


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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!

1/2 Roast Turkey & Avocado BLT on Sourdough: This healthy spin on an old classic is only 250 calories! Love avocado? Click here to see all the ways to enjoy this healthy fruit! (via Panera Bread)

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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)

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1/2 Classic Cafe Salad: Add some veggies to your meal for only 60 calories! Don't forget to try our Copycat Panera Strawberry Chicken Salad, and enjoy the taste of Panera at home. (via Panera Bread)

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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)

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Brewed Tea Acai: Top off your meal with a zero calorie brewed acai berry tea! Not only is it a refreshing addition to your meal, acai is a superfood you must try! (via Panera Bread)

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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.

Want to see other fast food meals for under 500 calories? Check out some of the other articles in this series; Burger KingMcDonald'sChick-fil-ATaco BellArby'sKFC and Wendy's.