A Panera chicken sandwich, like any meal you eat out, can be high in calories. However, there are some simple things you can do to lower the calorie content and make your meal healthier.
Choose the right bread
The 100% Whole Grain bread at Panera is the healthiest option for a sandwich, as it's low in fat and sodium, and high in fiber. It also contains a good source of iron and eight essential vitamins and minerals.
Order the soup with your sandwich
Soups at Panera are one of the most popular items on the menu, and it's easy to find a hearty variety that's a great choice for healthy diners. A cup of the ten vegetable soup is under 60 calories, and it's a good choice when you pair it with a small sandwich or salad.
Get the breakfast sandwich for less
You'll find a lot of sandwiches and paninis on the breakfast menu at Panera. Some of the more common options include a turkey sandwich, which contains 530 calories with 29g of fat, 16g saturated fat, and 40g carbs.
Alternatively, you can opt for the egg white version of the same sandwich for only 380 calories.
Add a piece of fruit
Aside from the standard fruit salad and a side of fresh fruit, you can also go for a slice of apple with cinnamon, or a serving of sliced bananas. All of these are very filling, and you'll probably want to share them with someone else.