How to Stick to a Keto Diet at Panera Bread
What to Order at Panera On Keto
Given that Panera Bread has "bread" right in the name, it's no surprise that the majority of its menu items are carb-focused and not keto. And sadly, its temporary hidden menu that had various keto-friendly power bowls is no more. But the chain welcomes modifications, so you can eat keto at Panera as long as you know what to ask for. Pass on the bread bowl and ask for one of these high-fat, low-carb options to stay in ketosis instead.
Caesar Salad, Hold the Croutons
You'll find the majority of Panera bread's keto options within its salad menu. Plan on skipping your side, since the options are bread, chips, or an apple (all of which are sugar/carb-heavy), but feel free to load up on additional toppings. Thanks to a high-fat dressing, Panera's Caesar salad and chicken Caesar salad are keto-friendly so long as you ask for no croutons.
Nutrition per serving: 250 calories, 23 g fat, 3 g net carbs, 7 g protein
Greek Salad, As Is
Another keto diet-friendly option is the Greek salad. (Note: Make sure you order the regular Greek salad rather than the modern Greek salad which has quinoa.) The Mediterranean salad gets topped with peppers, red onion, olives, and feta.
Nutrition per serving: 380 calories, 36 g fat, 5 g net carbs, 7 g protein
Seasonal Greens Salad, Swap the Dressing
Order a seasonal greens salad which only has tomatoes, red onions, and cucumbers, then customize it to your liking. Bulk it up by adding in chicken, bacon, avocado, or cheese depending on your macro allowances. You can also swap the balsamic dressing for one of two higher-fat, higher-calorie options: Caesar (170 cal, 18 g fat, 2 g carb) or Greek (230 cal, 25 g fat, 1 g carb).
Nutrition per serving with Greek dressing: 270 calories, 26 g fat, 8 g net carbs, 3 g protein
Chicken Cobb Salad, Hold the Tomatoes, Add Extra Avocado
For a heartier Panera Bread keto order, go for the green goddess cobb salad with chicken with extra avocado. To further increase the fat-to-carb ratio, consider swapping in olive oil for the dressing.
Nutrition per serving: 600 calories, 40 g fat, 12 g net carbs, 43 g protein
Asiago Bacon, Egg, and Cheese On Asiago Cheese Bagel, Hold the Bagel
For a keto breakfast at Panera bread, you can order a sandwich without bread, creating a makeshift mini breakfast bowl. Without the asiago bagel, this BEC becomes a base that you can top with extra cheese, bacon, chipotle aioli, or avocado.
Nutrition per serving: 240 calories, 29 g fat, 1 g net carbs, 8 g protein
Chipotle Chicken Avocado Melt On Black Pepper Focaccia, Hold the Focaccia and Peppers, Add Extra Avocado
Similarly, you can go keto at Panera by ordering a lunch sandwich without bread or asking for it as a lettuce wrap. The chipotle chicken avocado melt which has smoked gouda and chipotle mayo is your best bet. Ask for no bread, no peppers, and extra avo.
Nutrition per serving: 690 calories, 47 g fat, 21 g net carbs, 29 g protein
When it comes to drinks, Panera has plenty of keto coffee and tea options. You can order espresso or light or dark roast coffee and drink it black or with almond milk, or add butter for a DIY bulletproof coffee. Panera's unsweetened tea flavors include plum ginger hibiscus, earl greyer, ginger peach, honey ginseng green tea, mango Ceylon, and orange ginger mint. If you're not into coffee or tea, SoBe Life Water Yumberry Pomegranate or lemon Spindrift are both 1 carb per serving.