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Love Panera? Eat Keto?

Panera Bread doesn’t sound keto by name, but there are some easy ways to hack the menu to create low carb, keto-friendly orders whether you’re dining for breakfast, lunch, or dinner. You total can eat keto at Panera!

The basics of successful Panera ordering:

  • Stick with the salads and breadless sandwiches.
  • Avoid breads, rolls, cookies, soups, and chips.
  • Skip the pickled onions, which are not low-carb.
  • When in doubt, leave dressings and toppings off.
  • For drinks, stick with water, unsweetened iced tea, or diet sodas.
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Panera Bread keto breakfast options:

panera keto dining guide – breakfast

“I’ll have the Bacon Egg & Cheese Sandwich without the bread  and a coffee.”

Ah, breakfast! Mornings are easy, thanks to these amazing sammies—just nix the bread!

Panera includes values for some breakfast items, and I hunted down the rest. With this in mind, each of the breakfasts comes in very close to the following (values are for breakfasts minus the bread):

  • Bacon, Egg, and Cheese: 250 calories | 19g fat | 2g carbs | 19g protein
  • Steak & Egg: 400 calories | 28g fat | 1g carb | 35g protein
  • Avocado, Egg White, & Spinach: 167 calories | 12g fat | 3.2g carbs | 1.2g fiber | 14g protein
  • Ham, Egg, & Cheese: 240 calories | 16.5g fat | 2g carbs | 22g protein
  • Sausage, Egg, & Cheese: 340 calories | 28g fat | 2g carbs | 21g protein

Broken down individually, here are the breakfast a la carte items (where I didn’t have values, I used MyFitnessPal or similar macros):

  • Avocado (1 portion): 45 calories | 5g fat | 2g carbs | 2g fiber | 1g protein
  • Bacon (3-1/2 strips): 70 calories | 5g fat | 1g carbs | 6g protein
  • Pork Sausage (1 patty): 160 calories | 14g fat | 1g carbs | 8g protein
  • Ham (1 slice): 60 calories | 2.5g fat | 1g carbs | 9g protein
  • Scrambled egg (1): 100 calories | 7g fat | 1g carbs | 8g protein
  • Egg whites (1 portion): 35 calories | 0g fat | 0g carbs | 7g protein
  • Overeasy egg (1): 80 calories | 5g fat | 0g carbs | 7g protein
  • Vermont white cheddar (1 slice): 80 calories | 7g fat | 0g carbs | 5g protein
  • Beef sirloin tip steak sliced thin (1 serving): 220 calories | 14g fat | 0g carbs | 22g protein
  • Tomatoes (2 wheels): 0 calories | 0g fat | 0g carbs | 0g protein
  • Spinach (1 serving): 7 calories | 0g fat | 1.2g carbs | .7g fiber | 1g protein

If you need any extra burst of flavor, check out their sauces great for sandwiches no matter the time of day!

  • Basil Pesto (1 serving): 30 calories | 3g fat | 0g carbs | 0g fiber | 0g protein
  • Chipotle aioli (1 serving): 45 calories | 4.5g fat | 0g carbs | 0g fiber | 0g protein

Panera Bread keto lunch & dinner options:

panera keto dining guide – steak sandwich as a salad

“I’ll have the Steak and Baby Arugula Sandwich, without the bread, on a bed of lettuce.”

Because you’re skipping the bread, the pickled onions, the spread, and the mustard horseradish (to be safe), your only carbs (minus fiber, if you count net carbs) should come from the arugula, tomato slices, and spinach.


Not feeling the steak sammie? You’ve got plenty of breadless sandwich options:

  • Roasted Turkey & Avocado BLT: Nix the bread and ask for your sandwich on a bed of lettuce.
  • Bacon Turkey Bravo® Sandwich: Nix the bread (get a bed of lettuce instead) and get the signature sauce on the side (just to be safe). In fact, I’d ask for one of their breakfast sauces instead. The aioli and the pesto are 0 carbs per serving!
  • Ham & Swiss Sandwich: Nix the bread and ask for your sandwich on a bed of lettuce.
  • Steak & White Cheddar Panini: Nix the bread and ask for your sandwich on a bed of lettuce. Also nix those pickled onions, which are delicious, but very carby.
  • Frontega Chicken Panini®: Nix the bread and ask for your sandwich on a bed of lettuce.

panera keto dining guide – green goddess salad

Additionally, there are plenty of salad options. To lower the carbs in the following salads, nix the items mentioned below in parentheses (like croutons and pickled onions):

  • Green Goddess Cobb Salad with Chicken (whole): Nix the pickled onions, sub in your dressing of choice.
  • Caesar Salad (whole): Nix the croutons and sub in your own dressing of choice
  • Caesar Salad with Chicken (whole): Nix the croutons and sub in your own dressing of choice.
  • Greek Salad (whole): Perfect as is at only 7 net carbs — 390 calories | 36g fat | 11g carbs | 4g fiber | 6g protein

And what’s a salad without dressing! Here are low carb salad dressing options to order on the side and drizzle at your leisure:

  • Asian Sesame Vinaigrette (3 Tbsp): 90 calories | 8g fat | 4g carbs | 0g protein
  • Caesar (3 Tbsp): 170 calories | 18g fat | 2g carbs | 1g protein
  • Chili Lime Rojo Ranch (3 Tbsp): 80 calories | 6g fat | 3g carbs | 2g protein
  • Greek (3 Tbsp): 230 calories | 25g fat | 1g carbs | 1g protein

As you can see, with a little due diligence on Panera’s nutritional facts, you can enjoy keto on the go wherever your adventures take you! Enjoy your next Panera Bread visit!


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Comments 4

  1. Sarah E Edwards

    Just had the greek salad with the greek dressing. YUM!!!! A must try this week!

    • Amber (Hip Sidekick)

      Yay!! Thanks for letting us know how much you enjoyed that one!

  2. Patty

    When you look at Panera’s Nutritional information for those salads mentioned, the carbs are much higher than what you say in your article. For instance the Whole Greek Salad is 25 Carbs. I am confused

    • Amber (Hip Sidekick)

      Thanks for the heads up, Patty! We’ll take another look at the numbers!

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