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Panera bread

What started out as a small cookie store in the 1980s, Panera Bread is now a go-to place for quick salads, sandwiches, and more. Check out these popular Panera Bread menu items and see how many steps it takes to burn off your favorite dish.

All conversions are based on a 2,000 steps/mile average for a person weighing 150lbs.

Photo credit: @Panerabread (via Instagram)

Broccoli Cheddar Soup

Made with broccoli and carrots in a “velvety smooth cheese sauce”, the broccoli cheddar soup at Panera is a crowd favorite. A bowl of this soup contains 360 calories and if you like it in a bread bowl, add on about 540 more calories (yes, that would be 900 calories for an order of soup). It’ll take 21,053 steps to work off this bread bowl of soup.

ways to work it off

21,053 steps

  • • 90 minutes high intensity interval training

Roasted Turkey and Avocado BLT

Every bite of this sandwich makes you want more and more. It is the perfect combination of roasted turkey, applewood-smoked bacon, lettuce, tomato, avocado, and mayo on Panera’s best sourdough bread. It takes 14,971 steps to work off the 640 calories in this sandwich.

ways to work it off

14,971 steps

  • • 60 minutes boxing
  • • 60 minute run at 5.2mph

Photo credit: @panerabread (via Instagram)

Cinnamon Crunch Bagel

Panera’s cinnamon crunch bagel is the epitome of all things good in this world. This bagel is flavored with cinnamon and vanilla and then topped with cinnamon and sugar for a sweet, crunchy bite. The bagel itself has 430 calories and takes 10,059 steps to work off.

ways to work it off

10,059 steps

  • • 60 minute low-impact aerobics class
  • • 30 minutes biking, moderate pace

Mac & Cheese (small)

The mac and cheese is mouthwatering and unlike any other—shell noodles are mixed with a decadent Vermont white cheddar cheese sauce. A small order has 470 calories and takes 10,995 steps to burn off.

ways to work it off

10,995 steps

  • • 30 minute run at 7.5mph
  • • 60 minutes vigorous weight lifting

Strawberry Poppyseed and Chicken Salad

If you could eat summer, this would be it. Panera’s strawberry poppyseed and chicken salad has a refreshing combination of strawberries, blueberries, pineappple, and mandarin oranges alongside chicken, romaine lettuce, toasted pecans, and poppyseed dressing. This salad has 340 calories, which would take 7,954 steps to burn off.

ways to work it off

7,954 steps

  • • 30 minutes on the elliptical
  • • 40 minutes of rowing

Passion Papaya Green Tea (large)

This green tea is flavored with passionfruit and papaya for a sweet and refreshing drink. A large has 200 calories. You could take 4,679 steps to burn off these calories.

ways to work it off

4,679 steps

  • • 30 minutes of dancing
  • • 60 minutes of water volleyball

Photo credit: @panerabread (via Instagram)

Chocolate Chipper Cookie

The best way to end a meal at Panera is with their Chocolate Chipper cookie. This freshly baked, chocolatey cookie has 380 calories and takes 8,889 steps to burn off.

ways to work it off

8,889 steps

  • • 30 minute spin class
  • • 20 minutes of rock climbing
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