Food News: Panera Adds Oatmeal, Egg White Sandwiches
It’s been a long time coming, but fast casual bakery and cafe Panera Bread has finally added some healthier breakfast items to their morning lineup. Steel-Cut Oatmeal made with “fresh strawberries, pecans & cinnamon crunch topping” comes in at 320 calories and only 1.5 grams of saturated fat, and will be served all day long.
Also joining the Steel-Cut Oatmeal (which is made with water, by the way) will be the Mediterranean Egg White Sandwich. Severed on grilled Ciabatta bread, it combines “Egg whites, a thick slice of Vermont white cheddar, roasted tomatoes, fresh spinach, & basil pesto.” At 410 calories, it also packs 21 grams of protein.
What do you think of the new menu items? I’m a little curious why the “aged Vermont Cheddar” appears of the Egg White sandwich (wouldn’t Panera’s in-house Mozzarella be a better choice?”) but commend the chain — once thought of as a ‘healthy’ industry leader — in finally getting behind recent breakfast trends of oatmeal and egg whites.
Let us know what you think, and if you’ve tried either of these new items.