In my article “Low Sodium Lunch Options at Panera Bread,” I wrote about the limited low sodium options at Panera for people wanting to consume less than 500 mg of salt per meal. The following list is a more in depth look at the sodium content contained in Panera’s paninis and flatbread sandwiches.
Remember, the Mayo Clinic recommends people at risk for heart attacks, high blood pressure, swelling, and strokes consume less than 1,500 mg of salt per day. That’s an average of 500 mg per meal.
All of the sodium contents listed below are for half sandwiches. For an approximate number of salt in a whole sandwich, multiply the sodium content by two.
500 mg or less
- 490 mg Roasted Turkey and Avocado BLT on Sourdough
1,000 mg or less
- 500 mg Thai Chicken Flatbread
- 520 mg Mediterranean Chicken Flatbread
- 530 mg Southwestern Chicken Flatbread
- 580 mg Tuna Salad on Honey Wheat
- 590 mg Napa Almond Chicken Salad on Sesame Semolina
- 630 mg Chicken Caesar on Three Cheese
- 650 mg Asiago Steak on Asiago Cheese
- 700 mg Mediterranean Veggie on XL Tomato Basil
- 720 mg Classic Grilled Cheese on All Natural White Miche
- 770 mg Fontina Grilled Cheese on All Natural White
- 780 mg Tomato & Mozzarella on Ciabatta
- 890 mg Smoked Turkey Breast on Country
- 970 mg Sierra Turkey on Focaccia with Asiago Cheese
1,500 mg of less
- 1,050 mg Frontega Chicken® on Focaccia
- 1,070 mg Chipotle Chicken on Artisan French
- 1,120 Smoked Ham & Swiss on Rye
- 1,300 mg Smokehouse Turkey® on Three Cheese
- 1,430 mg Italian Combo on Ciabatta
- 1,500 mg Bacon Turkey Bravo® on XL Tomato Basil
Panera offers four sandwiches that contain less than 550 mg of salt. Remember the sodium content listed is for half sandwiches only and needs doubled for an entire sandwich. Check out my other articles for low sodium breakfast options at Panera.
Choosing a low sodium diet isn’t always easy, especially when eating out with friends, family members, or co-workers. Dietary restrictions are never fun and are hard to follow when others around you are ordering and eating foods that look delicious. Just remember that eating heart healthy foods with low sodium is essential to lower your health risks like a heart attack or stroke.
If you are at risk or suffer from any of these heart related problems, watching your sodium intake at restaurants can help you feel better and live a better quality of life.