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Panera to offer a more plant-based menu in 2020

Whether it’s animal welfare concerns, climate change, nutrition, or just preference, it seems everyone nowadays has a reason for eating less meat. In response to the cultural shift, Panera is the latest restaurant chain to announce it would introduce more plant-based offerings to its menu. In fact, the popular quick-service restaurant and bakery said it plans to have half of its menu be plant-based within the next few years. Consumers can expect to see a new plant-based item added in every category by 2021. Panera’s bakery-café is also onboard with the switch-up. While 25 percent of its menu is already plant-based, the offerings will increase to make up at least half of the entire menu by 2021. Other fast food chains have responded to consumer demand by offering meat-like substitutes from Beyond Meat and Impossible Foods, but Panera will dish out more plant-based whole foods like quinoa and edamame. Two new…

Gluten-Free foods you can order at Panera Bread

Panera Bread doesn’t seem like it would be the place to go if you’re gluten-free, after all, it has “bread” right in the name. But the quick, casual restaurant chain actually has quite a large number of menu options for gluten-free guests. Of course, in a restaurant where fresh bread is baked daily, there is always the chance for cross contamination, so anyone on a gluten-free diet for medical reasons so inquire further, but those on a less-strict dietary regimen can dig right in to a delicious variety of items. Here is everything you can order gluten-free at Panera in both categories: Gluten-free Panera menu items Just order these straight from the menu. No need to ask for special orders unless otherwise noted. Salads Greek salad Seasonal Greens Salad Fuji Apple Chicken Salad Modern Greek Salad with Quinoa Southwest Chile Lime Ranch Salad with Chicken Green Goddess Cobb Salad with…

Vegan-friendly foods you can order at Panera

It can be hard eating out when you’re on a vegan diet. Restaurants sneak in all sorts of extras you would never know about unless you poured through online ingredients lists for every restaurant. But who really has time for that? Whether you went vegan because you love animals or you just prefer to eat a cleaner diet, we found some plant-based, vegan-friendly food offerings from Panera are 100% safe, along with some offerings you should surprisingly shy away from. Also see, 9 vegan-friendly foods you can order at Chick-fil-A. https://www.instagram.com/p/BcqFMdFny2h/ Breads The Farmstyle XL, Country Rustic, Artisan Ciabatta, Sea Salt Focaccia, French Baguette (which is often offered as a side), and Sourdough are all suitable vegan bread choices. Steer clear of the white and honey wheat breads. They sound innocent enough, but Panera sneaks butter, eggs and milk into these loaves. https://www.instagram.com/p/BmLeI40gupT/ Pastries Unfortunately, not a single pastry at Panera…

Report shows restaurants that use most antibiotics in meats

Consumers Union has released its third annual “Chain Reaction” report on the prevalence of antibiotics in meat products in America’s most popular chain restaurants. Sadly, the results show most of the restaurants have failed to improve, even in the face of drug-resistant superbugs. The rankings are based on each companies’ own policies for the use of antibiotic in meat and poultry products that they buy. Pumping chickens, cows and pigs full of antibiotics intended for humans is slowly destroying our ability to treat common infections. The U.N. has called it a growing concern and potential global health crisis. More than 23,000 people die annually in the U.S. from antibiotic-resistant infections each year, according the the CDC. To combat this problem, doctors and hospitals use antibiotics more judiciously than in the past, yet 70 percent of all antibiotics sold in the U.S. aren’t intended for human use anyway, but rather in animal agriculture. “The nation’s fast food restaurant chains are…

Get free food on your birthday from these 85 restaurants

September is the most common month for births in the U.S., with the 9th, 19th, 12th, 17th, and 10th being the top five most popular birth dates. September birthday folks will soon get to wake up to well wishes from friends and family on Facebook, phone calls, cards and, if they’re lucky, maybe some gifts or flowers, too. But restaurants know what people really wish for when those candles blow out — free food. Wishes can come true. Here is a list of the best birthday freebies from across the country available to birthday diners this month and any month. Just be sure to call ahead to make sure your local spot honors the deal. A&W All American Food Want a free root beer float on your birthday? Sign up for the A&W Mug Club, and it’s all yours. Applebee’s Dessert is on the house. Just sign up for the Eclub. Arby’s The fast-food chain…

Panera’s new cups to show added sugar, calories in drinks

Panera is rolling out new fountain cups this week that list how much added sugar is in its beverages. After customers pay the cashier, they are handed a cup to take to the drink station. The idea goes, that customers will look down at the cup and have the information, literally on hand, that they need to make smart decisions in regards to sugar intake. “We believe it’s up to companies to take the lead on transparency (and) not wait for legislation,” CEO Ron Shaich said in a statement. The company commissioned a nationwide survey, conducted by KRC Research, that found 99 percent of 1,092 respondents didn’t know the amount of added sugar in soft drink, and 83 percent underestimated the amount. The new “sweet facts” fountain cups will hit stores this week. They list the calorie and sugar content of a “regular cola” (250 calories, 17.25 teaspoons of added sugar) alongside…

Try this hidden menu hack at Panera for healthier high-protein, low-carb options

Any health-conscious consumer has probably scoped out Panera’s nutrition menu for a few healthy items for on-the-go eating. Sadly, the broccoli cheese bread bowl doesn’t make the cut for most diets. But Panera now has a “hidden menu.” These alternative items are more in line with a high-protein, low processed-carbs diet. You won’t find these items on the traditional menu, but employees at every location are guaranteed to know what you’re ordering — something that doesn’t always happen at Starbucks or other locations boasting “secret menu” items. (I felt the need to test this claim at a nearby Panera location in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, and the cashier didn’t even hesitate.) Given that every item, oddly, has the word “power” in the title, they probably should have just called it the “Power Menu.” Here are the items on the menu: Power Breakfast Egg White Bowl with Roasted Turkey – Sliced roasted all-natural turkey, egg whites, warm baby spinach, roasted…

12 Copycat Panera Recipes You’ll Want to Make Right Now

Imitation is the sincerest form of food flattery. And who doesn’t want to eat Panera at home for half the price? From the cinnamon crusted bagels to the fresh Fuji apple, chicken, walnut salad, the bakery and deli chain has tons of craveable recipes worth copying at home. After all, is it even worth eating creamy broccoli cheese soup in a crusty bread bowl unless it’s Panera style? Enjoy your favorite fast food flavors at home. Autumn Squash Soup Bread Macaroni and Cheese BROCCOLI CHEDDAR SOUP RECIPE Chocolate Chip Cookies FUJI APPLE CHICKEN SALAD BACON TURKEY BRAVO SANDWICH Strawberry Poppy Seed Dressing Asian Sesame Chicken Salad CREAMY TOMATO SOUP Vegan Wild Blueberry Scones CINNAMON CRUNCH BAGEL Black Bean Soup