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Sandwich & Salad Combo
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Panera Bread

Sandwich & Salad Combo: Mediterranean Veggie on Tomato Basil plus Classic Cafe Salad with 1.5 tablespoons Reduced fat Balsamic Dressing

For more casual dinners, this tangy, crunchy combo of cilantro jalapeño hummus, tart peppedew peppers, feta cheese, cucumbers, lettuce, tomato, and onions from Panera Bread hits all the right flavor notes. Grabbing the sandwich whole goes a little over our sodium guidelines, but choosing the half and pairing it with a side salad does the trick of filling you up without all the salt. Thinking about swapping vegetarian soup for the salad? Better to stick with the salad since one serving (1 cup) of Black Bean Soup from the You Pick Two Menu is 880 mg sodium. Dessert? Stick with the apple (80 calories) that comes with your combo. The potassium it contains will help blunt the impact of all that sodium.

Stats: 440 calories, 3.5g saturated fat, 830mg sodium, 12g protein

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