If your sport season has you constantly on the go! Surely you can pack some food but the reality is that you will wind up eating some meals either on the go and at restaurants. Here are some of our favorite picks from Panera Bread that are perfect for fueling athletes to check out! Wishing you safe travels and a great season ahead.
We love Panera Bread!
Why? The menu selection at Panera Bread is fantastic - including sandwiches, salads, bowls, and soup. Plus many Panera locations have a drive thru which is helpful if you are really short on time! Also we love the variety and options that are available - including whole grains and plant-based choices. Here are some picks for fueling athletes on the go from Panera Bread.
Soba Noodle Chicken Bowl
This buckwheat noodle-based bowl is perfect for fueling athletes with a blend of carbohydrates + protein. Adding a soup to a meal or having a soup as a meal is a good strategy for athletes because the broth will be hydrating to the body and the sodium will help the body to retain fluids and boost hydration levels.
Nutrition highlights: 390 calories, 46 grams carbohydrates, 4 grams fiber, and 30 grams protein
Roasted Turkey BLT
This sandwich delivers a protein boost plus the avocado adds fiber and healthy fats. As listed on the menu this sandwich comes on rustic white bread, although instead - opt for whole grain bread for even more of a fiber boost. Why worry about the fiber? One of the many benefits of fiber is that it helps to slow the digestion of foods and provides longer lasting energy - important for everyone, especially athletes.
Nutrition highlights: 690 calories, 52 grams carbohydrates, 6 grams fiber, and 41 grams protein
Soup and chili’s are a great meal or addition to a meal. This turkey chili includes beans, vegetables, and turkey!
The best part is that thanks to the beans (and some from the veggies too), in this chili there is 16 grams of fiber per serving, which is over half of the daily recommended goal (Adults fiber daily value goal: 25 grams per day).
Nutrition highlights: 260 calories, 32 grams carbohydrates, 16 grams fiber, and 24 grams protein
When you are eating vegetarian and on the go, finding options that deliver protein can be a bit of a challenge. This Mediterranean Veggie sandwich has 18 grams of protein and it is loaded with vegetables.
The sandwich comes on tomato basil bread but you can swap that for whole grain bread to add more fiber!
Nutrition highlights: 440 calories, 65 grams carbohydrates, 6 grams fiber, 18 grams protein
Kids Meal PB & J
When in doubt, a classic peanut butter and jelly sandwich is great. Order the sandwich on whole wheat bread for a fiber boost! Plus kids meals come with a yogurt tube and choice of milk box or 100% apple juice. As far as which drink to choose - adding a milk box is perfect for refueling muscles with a blend of carbohydrates and protein.
Nutrition highlights: 370 calories, 49 grams carbohydrates, 6 grams fiber, and 12 grams protein
Images of the Panera Bread food are from Panera.com