I had a day off and didn’t feel like cooking breakfast so after dropping the kids off at school I decided to catch some breakfast at Panera Bread. I know they tend to have fairly healthy breakfast choices such as their steel cut oatmeal with blueberries and granola (sounds yum right) and such so I stopped on in.
My initial reaction was to purchase the 4-cheese egg souffle with cafe mocha BUT knowing how many calories that combination had, I decided to go in the green smoothie direction. See, Panera Bread has this uncanny ability to showcase its new menu items on a standing billboard directly in front of its doors which usually makes me stop, stare and read. I saw this delicious looking green smoothie proudly displayed on the sign so when I stepped to the counter I ordered that.
Cost: approx. $5.00 for the Green Passion Power Smoothie
Green Passion Power Smoothie Ingredients: Peach and mango purees and white grape and passionfruit juice concentrates blended with fresh spinach and ice.
- 200 Calories
- 0g Total Fat
- 30mg Sodium
- 51g Total Carb
- 2g Fiber
- 2g Protein
Seeing what’s in the smoothie, I can relate because I went an entire year using the Peach, Mango and Orange juice as the base for my green smoothies but then I learned how to make a healthy green smoothie. I had tried to take a peek at all the young lady behind the counter was putting in there but all I could make of it was baby spinach leaves and some ice in what looked like a Blendtec blender. I know – got all distracted. LOL.
You know me, I first took a picture of the green smoothie when I got in the car.
It was a gorgeous day outside and this smoothie was going to hit the spot since I planned to do some additional running around. I took the first sip from the humongously wide straw and the flavor was a welcomed taste to my mouth. You couldn’t taste the spinach but you could definitely taste the slight twang from the passion fruit juice and the other juice they put in there (which I later found out was white grape juice). I drove all the way home taking my little sips that didn’t disappoint.
It felt good not to have to clean up my own blender from making my own green smoothies. 🙂 It’s amazing the little things that can make your day.
As previous shown before, the smoothie is 200 calories. That isn’t too bad for a 16 oz smoothie, especially if you try and use it as a meal replacement or snack. The flavors were popping and after drinking it, I felt satisfied.
BUT….and this is a big but….a WHOPPIPNG 47 grams of the carbs come from sugar. That is more than many soft drinks! Sugar is the number one cause of chronic disease and can be as addicting as cocaine according to the movie “Fed Up“.
It is something we American consume too much of and is in too many foods. Now I do understand the sugar may primarily be naturally occurring in the juice but that’s the other problem – fruit naturally has sugar but it also contains fiber to counterbalance the effects. If you remove the fiber from the juice….you have a higher concentrate of sugar.
And just like the sharks on the show “Shark Tank” I’m out.
- Contains spinach
- Contains fruit
- Tastes good
- Fairly affordable at $5 (with tax)
- Too much sugar – do I really need to say anything else?
I would rate this a 5 out of 10 stars. While the taste was out of this world, it comes with a major cost and let down, a bunch of SUGAR so much so that I can’t even recommend this to my mom or aunt who are diabetics. I make green smoothies often and use nut milk or water as a base and they still taste just as good so I do not think it needs to have so much sugar. I really hope Panera Bread rethinks their recipe for this and other smoothies they offer on their menu.
I did tweet out what I was drinking and Panera Bread tweeted back. Cool right?
@DSTPRL What’d you think of our new Passion Power Smoothie, Diatta? We hope you liked it!
— Panera Bread (@panerabread) May 8, 2015
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What have you eaten at Panera Bread lately?
Have you tried any of their green smoothies?
What do you think?