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!


I'm Lovin It Party at every week!

I’m Lovin’…….Panera Eat Smarts

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Let us know what you’re lovin’ this week!

*Don’t forget to come back over the weekend for the I’m Lovin’ It Wrap Up post……where I feature a few of the great links!!

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Disclosure: This post and giveaway are sponsored by the good people at Panera.  All views, opinions and love of Panera are all mine

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Cheryl Sousan

A self-proclaimed neat freak, Cheryl chronicles her journey through homemaking on her blog,, where she shares recipes, tutorials, crafting and her ever-growing love for photography. This St. Louis mom juggles her passion for life, her daughters and her tiger-loving husband, all while her obsession with tidiness cleans up the trail blazed behind her. Google+


  1. I love the Fuji Apple Salad with chicken, I usually get that in a pick 2 and alternate between 3 soups, Garden Vegetable with pesto, tomato soup, and lemon orzo.

  2. I shared the giveaway on twitter,

  3. I love their Napa Almond Chicken Salad
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  4. I shared on Facebook
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  5. I think my favorite thing to eat at Panera is their Broccoli Cheddar soup. mmm…

  6. I like the cranberry walnut salad. YUM!

  7. O my! Panera Bread is one of my favorite places for breakfast. If I had to choose my favorite item it would be sausage, egg and cheese on Asiago cheese and also their fruit smoothies ( sorry I cannot pick just one). There’s not a Panera Bread near my house so I visit it on special occasions.

  8. I love their tomato mozzarella panini. They always have good soups too~

  9. Have a favorite menu item? A half of sandwich and a salad and I am good to go.

  10. a half of sandwish on wheat bread and a side salad.

  11. Hands down the You Pick Two Fuji Apple Chicken Salad and Mediterranean Veggie Cafe Sandwich! Hits the spot every time!! If I feel like splurging a little I’ll get the Low-fat Wild berry Smoothie or Chai Tea Latte with a Pumpkin Muffie! Perfect for the fall!

  12. The Strawberry Poppyseed salad! I wish they had it all year!

  13. My all time favorite at Panera is the BBQ Chop Chicken Salad!!! It is to die for I usually pair it as a pick to with their white cheddar mac n cheese MMMMMMMM! Now I am really hungry!

  14. Chopped Chicken Cobb with Avocado, Lemon Chicken Orzo, Low-fat Black Cherry Smoothie. The Low-Fat Black Cherry Smoothie is to die for it’s SOOOOOOOO GOOD and doesn’t even taste low fat at all. Lemon Chicken Orzo is very good and tasty for something light and yet satisfying. My Aunt and I LOVE the Chicken Cobb Salads esp w the Avocado and #1 thing w get all the time while @PaneraBread.

  15. I love paneras broccoli cheddar soup and sierra turkey sandwich. I’ll be sharing this on twitter. My twitter name is @KelseyMarie92

  16. my favorite meal at panera bread is chicken noodle soup with a bagguette on the side, or the chicken caesar sandwich its so delicious! i love choosing panera bread as my choice of restaurant because they have healthy choices and they tell you how much calories are in what your eating. Favorite place to go to grab a bite! & they are usually pretty fast with orders!

  17. I like the Mediterranean Veggie sandwich

  18. My all time favorite thing is the classic Greek salad!! I have had Greek salads at so many different restaurants and nothing comes close to Paneras! The peppers and feta are so good together! The dressing is to die for and with fresh bread!! I so hungry no, guess I’m going to Panera!!

  19. ooh, I was just there last night, finished up a gift card, so I could use another one! 🙂

    Some of my favorites (there is more than one, of course)
    French Onion Soup
    The BearClaw
    and the Cinnamon Crunch Bagel!!

  20. I love the sierra turkey cafe sandwhich my favorite!!

  21. I shared this on twitter and on facebook=)

    P.s. the chopitle chicken sandwhich is to die for!!

  22. I love Panera’s tuna salad!

  23. Cinnamon crunch bagel is my favorite! Love to stop in on the weekends with my kiddos and enjoy a fun, yummy breakfast 🙂

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