Smart Ideas for Good Eating

Smart Ideas for Good Eating

Turn your thoughts to the lighter side of our menu.

“With so many seasonal choices on our menu, eating right has never been easier,” says Dan Kish, Panera Bread®’s head chef and vice president of food.

From tender leafy greens to plucked-from-the-garden fresh vegetables and herbs, seasonal ingredients lend more than just flavor to our menu. Whether your craving is for something light and flavorful, or healthy and satisfying, we have just the match you’re looking for. Rich in vitamins and low in fat and calories, these smart ideas for good eating (all of which are from our You Pick Two® pairings) pack a powerful punch.

The Soup: Low-Fat All-Natural Chicken Noodle Soup
The Salad: Thai Chicken Salad
Why They’re Perfect Together: At first glance, this might not seem like a compatible pair, but the subtle flavors of our Low-Fat All-Natural Chicken Noodle Soup are a great match for the exotic blend of tastes - fire-roasted edamame, fresh cilantro and Thai Chili Vinaigrette - layered into our Thai Chicken Salad. Both the soup and salad feature tender, white-meat chicken for a protein-rich, power lunch combination that weighs in at a total of 335 calories.

The Soup: Low-Fat Vegetarian Black Bean Soup
The Sandwich: Cuban Chicken Panini
Why They’re Perfect Together: This pairing will boost your energy without weighing you down. Layered with flavor-rich Latin ingredients and spices, including cumin, chipotle, cilantro, and garlic, this soup and sandwich duo is a natural fit. Plus, says Dan, with 29 grams of protein it will keep you feeling satisfied long after the plates have been cleared.

The Soup: Garden Vegetable Soup with Pesto
The Sandwich: Smoked Turkey Breast Sandwich
Why They’re Perfect Together: This soup, loaded with seasonal vegetables, and sandwich, stacked with our tender smoked turkey, come together for a light yet satisfying meal that is high in nutrition, low in calories, and long on flavor. This well-balanced You Pick Two® combination not only tastes good, but is good for you, Dan says.

The Salad: Classic Salad
The Sandwich: Tomato and Mozzarella Panini
Why They’re Perfect Together: The Classic Salad, made with high-quality field greens and a reduced-fat balsamic dressing is a healthy complement to the fresh taste of tomato and mozzarella in the panini, says Dan. Both the sandwich and salad carry a lot of flavor and nutritional punch, and at just under 500 calories total, this combination is a great vegetarian choice.