Panera: I’m Lovin’ It


 To say that I’m a fan of Panera Bread is a bit of an understatement.  They started  in St. Louis, so here it’s still called St. Louis Bread Co, or “Bread Co” if you are a St. Louisan.  It’s a pretty sure bet that I’ve been there at least once on any given week, and I’ve been known to eat there a few times a day on occasion.  Panera is my happy place.

Panera Lovea bit of Instagram proof

Panera Bread shares my passion for fresh food made from real ingredients that tastes great. So I was excited to hear that Panera is extending its commitment to nutrition and eating well through the Panera Eat Smarts game, an online game with multiple interactive challenges designed to provide tips to consumers to help them make smarter decisions about the foods they eat at Panera Bread bakery-cafes — and at home.

If you follow me on Facebook, Twitter or Instagram, you may have heard that I recently downloaded the Couch to 5K app (#C25K) and have accepted a challenge from fellow Red Faced Runner bloggers (#RFR5K) to try and get more active, eat healthier and sign up for my first 5K in September! yikes!

TidyMom running at track

I’ve never been a runner, but I have to say, the C25K app makes it really easy, by allowing me to slowly build strength and stamina by alternating between walking and running,  3 days a week.  The goal is,  after just 8 weeks, I will be fitter, stronger and healthier than I have ever been.

So,  Panera Eat Smarts, was perfect timing for me!

Panera Game On

Panera Eat Smarts  invites players to complete 15 different challenges on three levels.  As you progress, you soon realize that, aside from the fun, you’re learning about nutrition and how to make smart food choices.  For example, in the Spin-A-Meal challenge, which visually resembles a slot machine, you pull a lever in hopes of revealing a You Pick Two® under 600 calories – roughly the amount of calories to consume per meal based on the FDA-recommended 2000 calorie diet. If you really love a certain menu item, you can lock it into place and spin the other slots.

The fun doesn’t stop with the game: Players who complete the first five challenges receive an electronic Panera Eat Smarts cooking and lifestyle magazine, and the first 10,000 players to finish all Level 2 challenges will receive a 30-day free membership for PumpOne, an online fitness exercise program, which can be customized to specific goals and exercise preferences. MyPanera members who complete all Level 3 challenges will be automatically entered for a chance to win a Sandals Resorts Luxury Included® Caribbean Vacation for two. Prizing ends on August 29th, 2012.

I would love to hear if you are a runner, or if you are trying to get more fit, or are you making healthier eating choices? 

Win a Panera Gift Card at


To help you enjoy the challenges of the game and learn tips about nutrition and how to make smart food choices along the way Panera would like to give four TidyMom readers a $15 Panera Gift Card.


Congrats to the 4 winners:  Comment #6 Karyn, #92 Gena, #129 Kimkake, #186 Audrey and

To Enter:  Leave a comment on this post telling me your favorite Panera menu item, and if you’ve never eaten there, tell me how what you do to try and have a healthy lifestyle.

Extra Entry:  Share this giveaway with friends on Twitter, Pinterest, Facebook or on a blog.  Come back and leave a comment letting me know where you shared it.

Official Rules: No purchase necessary. Open to US residents only . Must be over 18. Giveaway begins on July 12, 2012 will end on July 19, 2012 at 5:00 pm CST. Prize value $15.  The number of eligible entries received determines the odds of winning.  Four winners with a valid entry will be selected at random using Winners will be notified by email by July 24, 2012 and will have 48 hours to claim their prize or another winner will be selected. TidyMom, and Panera are not responsible for lost or undelivered emails. Winners will be posted on this blog post by July 24, 2012.  VOID WHERE PROHIBITED BY LAW.  By entering this giveaway, you have agreed to these rules.  Giveaway sponsored by Fleishman-Hillard | For Panera Bread .

Good Luck!


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I’m Lovin’…….Panera Eat Smarts

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428 Responses to “Panera: I’m Lovin’ It”

  1. Rebecca Shockley posted on July 13, 2012 at 10:22 pm (#)

    I have tried there bagels and I really like the Cinnamon crunchy bagel warmed with a sliver of butter melted on it

  2. Rebecca Shockley posted on July 13, 2012 at 10:24 pm (#)
  3. Din T posted on July 13, 2012 at 11:12 pm (#)

    Love the cinnamon chip scone!

  4. Julie posted on July 14, 2012 at 5:05 am (#)

    I love Panera’s Turkey Avocado Blt.

  5. Michelle Torres posted on July 14, 2012 at 7:00 am (#)

    Ohhh, my favorite thing to eat at Panera Bread is for sure the Strawberry Chicken salad!!!!! Its so so good!!!!! Their bagels are amazing too!!!!

  6. Susan @ A Happy Heart at Home posted on July 14, 2012 at 8:05 am (#)

    We love Panera Bread! I especially like their broccoli cheese soup and foccacia sandwiches. We eat there every time we travel. Our new healthy habit is eating a vegan diet without using oil; we changed to this after seeing the “Forks Over Knives” DVD and reading The China Study by Dr. T. Colin Campbell and “Prevent and Reverse Heart Disease” by Dr. Caldwell Esselstyn, Jr. I highly recommend the DVD and these books. :)

  7. Solducky posted on July 14, 2012 at 8:58 am (#)

    I love pretty much all of their soups. They are awesome!

  8. rosalind posted on July 14, 2012 at 9:56 am (#)

    i love their greek salad and best of all, it’s actually not that bad for you. :) i also love their bagels, especially the french toast ones but have been trying to cut back on those.

  9. Melanie in Nebraska posted on July 14, 2012 at 11:33 am (#)

    I have only eaten there a few times and I try something new each time. I would love to go back and figure out which is my favorite.

  10. Crystal posted on July 14, 2012 at 1:00 pm (#)

    My family LOVES Panera Bread!! We love the Mediterrean Breakfast sandwhich, broccoli cheese soup in a bread bowl, and cinnamon bagels. It’s one of our favorite places to eat!!

  11. Tt posted on July 14, 2012 at 4:28 pm (#)

    Havent been to panera yet…(!?) i stay healthy with a now vegan diet (was vegetarian for 20) and spin classes 4x a week!

  12. Suzy posted on July 14, 2012 at 5:56 pm (#)

    French Onion Soup!

  13. Tamra H posted on July 14, 2012 at 5:57 pm (#)

    Love their broccoli cheddar soup! I won’t order it anywhere else, and don’t dare try to make it myself!

  14. kat posted on July 14, 2012 at 6:16 pm (#)

    I love the broccoli cheddar soup and ceasar salad. And pretty much very breakfast sandwich or bagel they make

  15. Angela posted on July 14, 2012 at 10:41 pm (#)

    My favorite Panera item? Pink Ribbon bagel only available in October (breast cancer awareness month). Heavenly and the proceeds go to a great cause. You can’t beat that!

  16. Michelle H. posted on July 15, 2012 at 2:42 am (#)

    I love Panera soup especially the broccoli cheese

  17. Michelle H. posted on July 15, 2012 at 2:42 am (#)
  18. kesha posted on July 15, 2012 at 8:13 am (#)

    I love the broccolli Cheese Soup! It is the best

  19. kesha posted on July 15, 2012 at 8:14 am (#)

    I tweeted this giveaway!

  20. jessie posted on July 15, 2012 at 8:57 am (#)

    I love their classic cafe salad. Simple but delicious!

  21. Janice Cooper posted on July 15, 2012 at 9:13 am (#)

    Love their broccoli cheddar soup and lemonade!!! Oh and I also love their turkey bravo sandwich :)

  22. Janice Cooper posted on July 15, 2012 at 9:14 am (#)
  23. Brandi posted on July 15, 2012 at 9:39 am (#)

    I love their tomato soup and my son likes their pumpkin muffies.

  24. Debbie posted on July 15, 2012 at 10:01 am (#)

    My favorite Panera item is the poppyseed strawberry salad they have.

  25. Amy Jo posted on July 15, 2012 at 11:16 am (#)

    I shared the giveaway on Facebook with all of my Friends!

  26. Amy Jo posted on July 15, 2012 at 11:16 am (#)

    I tweeted about the giveaway on Twitter!

  27. Christa S posted on July 15, 2012 at 12:15 pm (#)

    Wow- I have to pick? I love their bagels in the morning with that delicious cream cheese. (my mouth is watering) for lunch a bowl of Broccli cheese soup and tea (I’m about to choke on my salivations here), for dinner one of their chipotle Ckn ! (okay, I have to go change shirts I’m drooling so much…) yum!!!

  28. Cortney VW posted on July 15, 2012 at 2:07 pm (#)

    Love the bread bowls with soup

  29. shari posted on July 15, 2012 at 6:36 pm (#)

    Haven’t been to a Panera!! They just opened one about 30 minutes away and can’t wait to try it !!

  30. Deanne H. posted on July 15, 2012 at 9:05 pm (#)

    I love their french onion soup and strawberry salad.

  31. Mrs. H posted on July 15, 2012 at 9:09 pm (#)

    A favorite Panera item? Aaaaccckkk!!!!!!!! So difficult to choose a favorite. However, since my sweet tooth reigns supreme, I’ll say their pastries are my favorite.

  32. cwaltz posted on July 15, 2012 at 10:50 pm (#)

    I’m going to have a hard time picking because there are several items that are regular items that I eat at Panera. I guess the item I choose most consistently is the lowfat mango smoothie. However, I always look forward to summer and frozen lemonade too(seasonal.)

  33. Rebecca Melton posted on July 16, 2012 at 7:40 am (#)

    French Onion Soup!

  34. Janice posted on July 16, 2012 at 10:15 am (#)

    I love their black bean soup!

  35. Jamie posted on July 16, 2012 at 11:16 am (#)

    I have never eaten there but have heard it is incredible! To be healthy I go to cycling classes every day, try to eat healthy, lots of fruit and veggies!

  36. Nikki posted on July 16, 2012 at 11:45 am (#)

    I love their black bean soup and thai chopped chicken salad!

  37. cattails100 posted on July 16, 2012 at 12:30 pm (#)

    I usually get the broccoli chedder soup but also really like the chicken ceasar salad.

  38. Mary posted on July 16, 2012 at 12:58 pm (#)

    the Asiago Roast Beef is my all time favorite.

  39. cara posted on July 16, 2012 at 2:00 pm (#)

    I love their fuji apple chicken salad!

  40. Allison W posted on July 16, 2012 at 6:20 pm (#)

    My favorite item is an asiago bagel. My second favorite is the strawberry chicken poppyseed salad. It’s only second because it’s a seasonal item!

  41. D posted on July 16, 2012 at 6:32 pm (#)

    I loe thier greek salad.

  42. nicki0209 posted on July 17, 2012 at 8:51 am (#)

    I absolutely love the thai chopped chicken salad and the broccoli cheddar soup. Couldn’t choose just one!

  43. nicki0209 posted on July 17, 2012 at 8:55 am (#)
  44. Renee McD posted on July 17, 2012 at 12:55 pm (#)

    I love their french onion soup and chicken caear salad (oh and their soufles are terrific too). Too many things to choose from. My kids love their chocolate chip bagels or muffies. Thanks for the chance.

  45. Courtney posted on July 17, 2012 at 1:06 pm (#)

    As a fellow “Bread Co” lover/former St. Louisian, I can’t get enough Panera!! Right now my go-to You Pick 2 is napa almond chicken sandwich, strawberry poppyseed salad, & apple!

  46. Rebecca Melton posted on July 17, 2012 at 1:46 pm (#)

    I also tweeted about this giveaway!

  47. jessica w posted on July 17, 2012 at 3:50 pm (#)

    I LOVE their Fuji Apple and chicken salad as well as their cream of chicken and wild rice soup!

  48. jessica w posted on July 17, 2012 at 3:50 pm (#)
  49. Jamie posted on July 17, 2012 at 8:12 pm (#)

    I am a sucker for their pastries…especially the bear claws and cookies. Oops, that’s not healthy…they have great salads too :)


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