Current thinking is that granola alone or sprinkled over food is a magic dust, lending a nutritionally protective blanket. Not always. The strawberry-granola parfait is 300 calories, 28 grams sugars and 46 carbs (three carb choices). It does hold its own as low in fat grams and in sodium.
The website www.paneranutrition.com has a downloadable list of all their bakery and café items with complete nutrition counts. You are even able to construct your own mock order and have the nutrition numbers calculated and totaled online so that you can see what you are getting before you go into the bakery.
It enables diners to still enjoy the delicious menu Panera has to offer by assisting with thoughtful portioning decisions.
Parsley, Green Onion and Dill Dip
A spread for sandwiches or a dip for vegetables from Panera online. Makes 2 cups.
8 ounces reduced-fat cream cheese
1/2 cup light sour cream
1 cup chopped green onions, including green tops
3/4 cup chopped fresh parsley
1/4 cup chopped fresh dill or dried dill to taste
Lemon juice to taste
Salt and pepper
COMBINE cream cheese, sour cream, onion, parsley and dill in food processor until smooth and green.
SEASON to taste with lemon juice, salt and pepper.
Nutrition information: Per 2 tablespoons: 50 calories, 35 calories from fat, 3.5 grams fat, 2.5 grams saturated fat, 15 milligrams cholesterol, 70 milligrams sodium, 1 gram carbohydrates, zero grams fiber, 2 grams protein.
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