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Panera Bread Bariatric Friendly Foods: After Gastric Sleeve, Gastric Bypass

Bariatric Dieting

Panera Bread restaurants serve traditional bakery and cafe food items that are delicious year around. Their menu is so varied, that even the pickiest of eaters can find a delectable treat or savory cafe item.

Due to their menu being diverse there are many healthy choice items available. Not only is their food made to order, they honor their vision of serving their guests with quality and fresh ingredients. So who’s hungry? 

For many of our readers, these questions are now top of mind. What should I order at Panera Bread after undergoing gastric sleeve surgery? Which foods are Friendly to post gastric and post bypass surgery patients?

Tip for ordering off the kids menu: Provide the cashier with a notification that you recently had bariatric surgery. That way there is no penalty for ordering items off the kids menu.

Panera Bread Bariatric Friendly Food Items

Kids Yogurt Ten Vegetable Soup Kids Mac & Cheese and Soups Kids Low-Fat Chicken Noodle SoupKids Low-Fat Chicken Noodle Soup Power Breakfast Bowl w/Roasted Turkey  Half Roasted Turkey Avocado BLT Med. Half Veggie Sandwich Med. Egg White Wrap
Nutrition Facts Decaf Coffee and Tea Bags Fruit Cup Kids Yogurt Kids Ten Veggie Soup Kids Chicken Noodle Soup Power Breakfast Bowl w/Roasted Turkey  Half Roasted Turkey Avocado BLT Med. Half Veggie Sandwich Med. Egg White Wrap
Calories 5 60 60 70 120 190 200 220 270
Cal Fat 0 0 9 18 27 63 99 60 70
Fat 0 0 1 2 3 7 11 6 8
Carbs 0 15 11 11 14 7 24 33 33
Fiber 0 2 0 3 2 2 3 3 3
Sugar 0 9 10 4 2 1 1 4 3
Protein 0 1 2 16 9 25 16 9 20
Phase Approved 4 4 2 4 4 5 5 5 5
  • Fruit Cup: Fresh, pineapple, cantaloupe, strawberries and blueberries.
  • Kids Yogurt: Squeezable yogurt, either strawberry or mixed berry.
  • Kids Ten Veggie Soup: Tomatoes, red and yellow peppers, onions, corn, carrots, celery, spinach, poblano peppers, and garlic in seasoned vegetable stock with chickpeas, sprouted brown rice and red fife and dried Aleppo chili.
  • Kids Chicken Noodle Soup: Delicious vegetables and tender all-white meat chicken breast simmered in a delicately seasoned chicken broth with traditional egg noodles. 
  • Power Breakfast Bowl with Roasted Turkey: Roasted all-natural, antibiotic-free turkey, healthy egg whites, fresh baby-spinach, roasted peppers, and savory basil pesto. 
  • Half Roasted Turkey Avocado BLT: Roasted turkey raised without antibiotics, applewood-smoked bacon, emerald greens, vine-ripened tomatoes and avocado with pure mayo on Country Rustic.
  • Mediterranean Half Veggie Sandwich: Zesty sweet Peppadew™ piquant peppers, feta, cucumbers, emerald greens, vine-ripened tomatoes, red onions, hummus, salt, and pepper on Tomato Basil. Available in whole and half.
  • Mediterranean Egg White Wrap: White bean pesto puree, crumbled feta, tomato confit, and spinach. 

Bariatric Friendly Items From Panera Bread

Panera Bread Salads

Kids Salads Kids Seasonal Greens SaladKids Seasonal Greens Salad Asian Sesame Salad with ChickenAsian Sesame Salad with Chicken Caesar Salad with ChickenCaesar Salad with Chicken Spicy Thai Salad with Chicken Greek Salad Fuji Apple Salad with ChickenFuji Apple Salad with Chicken
Nutrition Facts Kids Seasonal Greens Salad Sesame Asian Chicken Half Salad Chicken Caesar Half Salad Thai Chopped Chicken Half Salad Greek Half Salad with Chicken  Fuji Apple Half Salad with Chicken 
Calories 90 200 220 240 250 280
Cal Fat 45 90 117 90 162 153
Fat 5 10 13 10 18 17
Carbs 10 14 10 21 7 18
Fiber 2 3 1 3 2 3
Sugar 6 3 1 6 2 11
Protein 2 13 17 18 15 16
Phase Approved 5 5 5 5 5 5
  • Kids Seasonal Greens Salad: Arugula, romaine, kale and radicchio blend, vine-ripened tomatoes, red onions and diced cucumbers tossed with reduced-fat balsamic vinaigrette.
  • Sesame Asian Chicken Half Salad: Chicken raised without antibiotics, romaine, cilantro, toasted almonds, sesame seeds and wonton strips tossed in Asian sesame vinaigrette. 
  • Chicken Caesar Half Salad: Chicken raised without antibiotics, romaine, parmesan and homemade black pepper focaccia croutons tossed with Caesar dressing. 
  • Thai Chopped Chicken Half Salad: Chicken raised without antibiotics, romaine, almonds, fire-roasted edamame, red pepper and carrot blend, cilantro, and wonton strips tossed with Thai chili vinaigrette and drizzled with peanut sauce. 
  • Greek Half Salad with Chicken: Romaine, vine-ripened tomatoes, feta, red onions and kalamata olives with salt and pepper tossed with Greek dressing.
  • Fuji Apple Half Salad with Chicken: Chicken raised without antibiotics, arugula, romaine, kale and radicchio blend, vine-ripened tomatoes, red onions, toasted pecan pieces, Gorgonzola and apple chips tossed with sweet white balsamic vinaigrette. 

Bariatric Friendly Salads From Panera Bread

Bariatric Friendly Meal Selection: Still not sure what to order?

Breakfast:

  1. Power Breakfast Bowl with Roasted Turkey
  2. Mediterranean Egg White Wrap

Lunch:

  1. Mediterranean Half Veggie Sandwich and Kids Ten Veggie Soup
  2. Half  Greek Salad with Chicken and Kids Chicken Noodle
  3. Half Roasted Turkey Avocado BLT and Kids Seasonal Greens Salad.

Dinner:

  1. Chicken Caesar Salad and Kids Chicken Noodle Soup
  2. Fuji Apple Half Salad with Chicken and Kids Ten Veggie Soup.

Super Hungry:

  1. Thai Chopped Chicken Half Salad Half Roasted Turkey Avocado BLT
Nutrition Facts Breakfast:

Power Breakfast Bowl with Roasted Turkey

Breakfast:

Med. Egg  White Wrap

Lunch:

Med. Half Veggie Sandwich and Kids Ten Veggie Soup

Lunch:

Half Roasted Turkey Avocado BLT and Kids Seasonal Greens Salad

Lunch: 

Half Greek Salad with Chicken and Kids Chicken Noodle Soup

Dinner:

Chicken Caesar Salad with Kids Chicken Noodle Soup

Dinner:

Fuji Apple Half Salad with Chicken and Kids Ten Veggie Soup

Super Hungry:

Thai Chopped Chicken Half Salad and Half Roasted Turkey Avocado BLT

Calories 190 270 290 290 370 340 350 400
Cal Fat 63 70 78 144 189 144 171 189
Fat 7 8 8 16 21 16 19 21
Carbs 7 33 44 34  21 24 29 34
Fiber 2 3 6 5 4 3 6 6
Sugar 1 3 8 7 4 3 15 4
Protein 25 20 25 18 24 26 32 29
Phase Approval 5 5 5 5 5 5 5 5

History of Panera Bread

Panera was founded by Ron Shaich, who began his start, by opening up as a single cookie store in Boston Massachusetts. Over the past three decades Panera has been so successful, that they currently have over 2,300 bakery-cafes in the United States and Canada. Within those three decades the founder partnered with Au Bon Pain, a french bakery then later acquired the St. Louis Bread Company.

By reimagining the concept, they also renamed the bakery to Panera. Joining the Italian words for Bread (Pane) and Time (Era). Panera Bread is known for focusing on guest experience by offering free WiFi and a relaxed ambiance with fireplaces to encourage guests to stay longer.

Their menu is a balance of fresh, made to order foods to include baked goods and typical cafe style foods. They also pride themselves on serving chicken raised without antibiotics, eliminating trans fats and disclosing nutrition  information on each menu. 

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