A panini is a sandwich that’s typically grilled from the top and bottom in (what else?) a panini press.
At Panera and Corner Bakery, they range from roughly 650 to 850 calories. Only about half of the non-panini sandwiches at those chains climb that high.
It’s not clear what makes the panini a gut buster: larger size? more bread? extra toppings? Panera’s paninis—Chipotle Chicken, Frontega Chicken, Smokehouse Turkey, and Tomato & Mozzarella—certainly don’t seem excessive. But they might if you knew that a Big Mac had 530 calories.
Instead: Check the calories (if the menu lists them) before you order any sandwich, panini, flatbread, or wrap. Odds are, you’re better off with just half (plus salad).
Other relevant links:
- A useful infographic on how to make healthier sandwiches. See: How to Build a Better Sandwich
- For many people, a sandwich is “the usual” lunch. Is a salad better? See: Sandwich or Salad?
- These substitutions will help you cut unhealthy fat from your diet. See: Tips for Minimizing Saturated Fat Intake