I first learned this from Ruth and now the awesome people from the Center for Science in the Public Interest / Nutrition Action have reminded me: Panera has a “Hidden Menu” They are not listed on the board, but healthy and yummy items are available for the asking!
I think it’s very silly that these options are hidden. And they are not all that hidden, so it’s really a marketing trick (and look! it’s working!) but it’s still pretty cool. The Hidden Menu items are big on protein & veggies and skip the processed carbs. The even include breakfast, which otherwise at Panera would be something of either a thousand or a million calories. This one is “Roasted all-natural, Antibiotic-free turkey, egg whites, warm baby spinach, roasted peppers, and basil Pesto. ” I’d eat that.
So check it out and let us know what you think – post your comment here.