Warming Up with Panera Soup

      I am not a fan of winter.  I don’t deal well with the cold and it’s often hard for me to get warm.  One of my favorite ways to warm up is with a big bowl of soup.  I wish I could say that I always have time during the week to make a pot of soup but the truth is between work, tutoring, aerobics, and Christmas baking I’ve had little time to do any baking.

      Last week I was chilled to the bone and craving a hot bowl of soup.  I was leaving for a conference and didn’t have time to make any so when the woman I was riding with suggested we stop at Panera for lunch I quickly agreed.  One of the things I love best about Panera is their “you pick two” menu.  I can choose two items between their soups, salads, and sandwiches.  In the winter I always have a bowl of soup and this time was no different.

     The soup menu changes daily at Panera with seven different options offered everyday.  No matter what day it is there are always several soups on the menu that I enjoy.  I was super excited to see that one of my two favorite soups was on the menu the day we went.  I ordered the “you pick two” with the broccoli cheddar soup and a turkey sandwich.   Karyn, who was riding with me, ordered the big kid grilled cheese and chicken noodle soup.

      The broccoli soup is thick and creamy with chopped broccoli, shredded carrots, seasonings, and cheese.  I always order the baguette with the soup and use it to dip into the soup.  I was quickly warmed up and the soup was delicious as always.  Karyn’s chicken noodle soup had large chunks of chicken, fresh vegetables, and large egg noodles in it.

      In additional to the great food one of the things I enjoy about going to Panera is that they post the calories for each of their items right on the menu board.  When I’m out and grabbing a bite to eat I always want to eat healthy but I don’t have time to sit and count my calories.  With the calories posted on the board it’s easy for me to figure out how many calories I’m consuming on the run.

As part of the DailyBuzz Food Tastemaker program, I received a gift card and stipend to try Panera Bread soups. All thoughts and opinions are my own.




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