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Lunch With Friends

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Having lunch with friends is a great way to connect during these hectic times.  Enjoying salads together at Panera is good for the body and soul.

This is a sponsored post by Panera.  All thoughts and opinions are my own.

Bowls of Salad at Panera

I am so thankful for the times that I am able to get together with friends for lunch.  With most of my friends being nurses, it seems like it is getting harder and harder to do with our busy schedules.  Fortunately we were able to carve out an hour the other day (my birthday!) and we met at Panera.

When we walked into the restaurant, there is a sign saying Eat Clean.  It mentions that Panera has removed artificial colors, sweeteners, flavors and preservatives from their salad dressings.  “Because nature doesn’t need a lab.  And because we think clean food just tastes better.”  I couldn’t agree more!

I always knew that their salads were good, but now I feel even better about eating them.

I usually order the BBQ Chicken Salad (my favorite), but I thought I would order something different so I got the Mediterranean Chicken & Quinoa Salad.  It is made with a base of kale and romaine lettuce and topped with organic quinoa, cucumbers, kalamata olives, tomato sofrito and toasted almonds in Greek dressing. On top is a layer of sliced chicken.  (Did you know that they use chicken that was raised without antibiotics?)  My salad was delicious.  If you are ever in the mood for a Greek salad, this is a good option.

Mediterranean Salad at Panera

My friends and I enjoyed eating a healthy, delicious lunch and catching up on what has been happening in our lives.  I hope that we get to do it again soon.

Clean Eating at Panera

Below are some quotes about friends that are so true.  Take some time out of your busy schedule and enjoy lunch with your friends.  Panera is a great place to meet.

Quotes About Friends

Walking with a friend in the dark is better than walking alone in the light.   Helen Keller

There is nothing on this earth more to be prized than true friendship.  Thomas Aquinas

A friend is what the heart needs all the time.  Henry Van Dyke.

The only way to have a friend is to be one.  Ralph Waldo Emerson

Lynda eating a salad

What is your favorite Panera salad?

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Nolie

Saturday 18th of July 2015

The Mediterranean Chicken & Quinoa Salad looks delicious. We have one near us but I have never been. Think it is about time I go check it out.

trisha

Saturday 18th of July 2015

We have a Panera here and we got a lot. I love them but I have a bone to pick- they keep removing and bringing back my steak salad there. It makes me sad when I show upa nd they dont have it!

Alicia

Saturday 18th of July 2015

I love Panera Bread. They have some amazing soups and salad.

Shell Feis

Saturday 18th of July 2015

I LOVE Panera! That's awesome to hear about their dressings. I always get the Caesar salad but I'll have to try the BBQ Chicken next time I go, I didn't even know they had that!

Ellen ThatChicMom

Friday 17th of July 2015

I worked at Panera in high school and have always loved the food. I love hearing about these improvements!