The Panera Secret Menu packs a “powerful” punch, offering customers healthy options that aren’t posted on the big menus atop employees in every chain. To order these secret entrees, you simply have to ask an employee to order off the Hidden Menu. Panera is one of the few restaurants that actually advertise their secret menu on the company site, whereas many other chains have secret menus existing solely through outside websites raving about their company secrets. Either way, the Panera Secret Menu is an awesome way to spice up an otherwise regular visit anytime you want something new!
Unlike some of their competitors, Panera took a different approach to having a secret menu. Instead of greasy, gooey gobs of junk food, they minimized the processed carbs, upped the protein, and added a dose of healthy. All of the options are bowls, a.k.a. salads of some sort, but provide a filling meal to help you feel satisfied no matter what time of day you order.
Take a quick look at the nutrition facts for the Power Menu before deciding on a bowl. Many of them have higher amounts of sodium and fat even though the calorie count is low. Some of the bowls contain as much as 800 milligrams of sodium and 22 grams of fat even though they’re supposed to be the healthy options; however, this can get out of hand. Sometimes food rich in healthy fats can escalate the total amount of fat in a dish but sodium is something every heart-health conscious American should be concerned about. Make sure to check into the nutrition content of your bowl of choice before purchasing. Secret Menu or not, declining health isn’t something to shush.
Ask your local Panera workers about their not-so-hidden menu and enjoy each power-packed meal. The website mentions you have to say you want to order from the “Hidden Menu” and the staff will “take care of it from there.” Below are descriptions of Panera’s Secret Menu items and why they’re exceptionally delicious. Choose one next time you visit a Panera and enjoy the satisfaction of savory, salty, crisp, and crunchy. Although Panera has added a few of these “secret” menu items to their boards, their other underground combinations of fresh ingredients with crunch and spice are worth asking for.
Power Breakfast Egg White Bowl With Roasted Turkey
This health powerhouse includes a healthy portion of cilantro jalapeño hummus, spinach, cucumbers, tomatoes, onions and fresh cilantro topped with tender, grilled, antibiotic-free chicken. The meal is low in calories but quite filling, and adds a bite that most entrees at Panera lack.
Power Breakfast Egg Bowl With Steak
This hearty Panera secret is packed with protein and carbohydrates to fuel you before a big workout or game. It’s comprised of sirloin steak, two eggs, avocado, and tomatoes.
Power Mediterranean Chicken Salad
Fresh, tender chicken topping a salad full of mediterranean ingredients make for an exquisite exotic dish. Other ingredients in this masterpiece include bacon, baby spinach, romaine, tomatoes, eggs, lemon juice, and olive oil.
Power Mediterranean Roasted Turkey Salad
This delightfully healthy treat is packed with the same ingredients as the Mediterranean Chicken above, with the primary difference of course being a substitution of Roasted Turkey for chicken. I personally like the turkey better, but both get rave reviews. Give both a try next time you’re at Paradise!
Power Chicken Hummus Bowl
This completely natural, antibiotic-free salad is topped with a zesty cilantro jalapeño hummus that defines the flavor of the meal. It is packed with standard salad ingredients including cucumber, lemon juice, baby spinach, romaine, tomatoes, and red onion.
Power Steak Lettuce Wraps
For those who like a more hands on experience when dining out, give the Power Steak Lettuce Wraps a try. They include delicious, tender sirloin steak, lettuce, basil, pesto, tomato and onion, all with a little lemon juice on the side. Enjoy this tantalizing combo with the inside scoop on the Panera Secret Menu!