It’s been a while since I’ve written a Mommy Review Monday but was spurred into thinking of it today because this app is something I feel I should share. Since I’m on the road this week, I enjoyed a lovely meal from Panera Bread. (Half Turkey BLT and Half Green Goddess Salad). I pulled out my phone and opened my Panera Bread app. I quickly placed my order for rapid pickup and it was ready for me, bagged up and ready to go within minutes. It reminded me that there may be a few of you out there who don’t know about it and how great it is.
Here’s what I like about it:
Easy to use app with good layout
Choose whether to order for rapid pickup, delivery, or order from your table
Rapid pickup allows you to pick it up in a bag, packed and ready to take out
The delivery is super convenient
The “order from your table” option allows you to go secure a table during busy times and order there rather than waiting in line to order- even though their new kiosks are quite convenient.
I can order assorted boxes of bagels with cream cheese options for pickup quickly for an easy breakfast meeting snack/light breakfast.
It shows you where the nearest cafes are.
It keeps up with your Panera Bread rewards and shows you what you’ve already used and what you have available. I’ve already earned a free drink, free cookie, and a discount.
You can look up the menu. The menu shows you the nutritional facts. If you’re tracking your calories or nutrition, this is very helpful.
You can easily customize your order to include what you do and don’t want…even things you didn’t know were options.
You can save your credit card on there for fast ordering. I think you can use Apple Pay too.
You can see some of the screen shots below.
What I would change:
I’d love to see the option to order for in-house dining (like rapid delivery but instead of being packaged to leave be ready to eat at your table.) Sometimes I’ll order online for rapid pickup but feel guilty having it in disposable takeout bowls rather than the reusable ones.
I’d love to see them add more group meal options for box lunches, drinks, etc. It’s easy enough to just call those in but, in true millennial-style, I’d live to just do it online or on my phone to get a quick confirmation. I agree that this is very much a first world problem.
That’s honestly all I can think of right now to be improved.
Like I said before, it’s pretty fantastic. If you eat at Panera Bread on a somewhat regular basis, this app is totally for you. It’s my go-to for when I’m on the road because I can consistently get a good meal, both from a taste and nutritional standpoint. The convenience of it, along with free WiFi available when I need to pull out my laptop for work, makes it an amazing cafe choice, whether it’s breakfast, lunch, or dinner.
If you like this app, you’ll also live the Starbucks app. Check out my post about it as well.
Happy Mommy Review Monday. I hope yours was as awesome as mine!
Nuts. I actually don’t do this because I don’t feel like the “juice is worth the squeeze” calories-wise but these are super healthy for you in moderation.
Pre-made salads or bistro boxes. I’ve not done this yet but I know a lot of people that do.
I’m still scoping out the best places to eat out but my favorite go-to is Panera Bread. There are so many healthy options there and I always get a fruit cup as my side.
When I eat at a place with customers, there are typically not all that many great options- even the salads are horrendously high in calories and fat. I stick mostly to the vegetables- as long as they aren’t a casserole or in a sauce. If I can’t find anything, I’ll go with a baked potato (sweet potato if they have it) with sour cream on the side and a side salad with extra tomatoes, no cheese, and dressing on the side. It’s hard. I’m not going to lie.
When they sit those chips and salsa down in front of me or that delicious smelling loaf of bread, its soooo tempting. I try to think about my end goal and resist. I drink a sip of water every time I want a bite of it.
If I have a customer that says they don’t want to choose or I know they like sushi or seafood, I’ll often times suggest this because it’s an easy one for me.
If I’m spending the night out of town, I try to stay in a place that has a mini fridge and microwave. I can either pack something in my cooler to bring along or I’ll sometimes make a run to the grocery store for a frozen dinner and some fruit or yogurt for a sweet ending.
I pack a couple of drink mixes (either Crystal Light or Kroger’s brand) with me to satisfy my sweet cravings and help my water intake. Win-win.
Sometimes when I’m in a hurry and don’t have time for getting a healthy meal but know I need to have something decent, I’ll run into a convenience store and grab a banana and a Muscle Milk protein shake. Most stores now have bananas (and if I’m lucky a few other options too).
What are you’re beat healthy eating tips for the road? I could use the recommendations!!!
Today I had a golf tournament for one of the regional associations I’m part of in San Antonio. Usually, when I go to San Antonio I will drive down the night before but I have been on the go so much lately I decided to just wake up early and drive this morning. And, boy, did four o’clock a.m. come early?!?
However, I really enjoyed drive. I got the opportunity to be let my mind wander and through anything and everything. No music. No audiobook audiobook. No podcast. No phone calls.
Just me and the open road, a beautiful sunrise, and miles and miles of beautiful bluebonnets.
The 130 loop around Austin is absolutely gorgeous right now. That might not seem like a logical place to go look at bluebonnets but there are miles of them in the huge median between the north and sound sides of the tollway.
Add to that, this afternoon I got to play golf on a beautiful course with some awesome customers, who made it a blast!
The only thing that would be better would be to be at home tucking my kiddos in tonight because I sure do miss them (and Garen too)! I guess you can’t have your cake and eat it too, right?!? Thank goodness for FaceTime!
Driving down (actually up but I always want to say I’m driving down somewhere for some reason) 35N on my way home today Carry On by Pat Green came on.
It’s a Texas Country classic, in my mind. Honestly, I’ve not ever put much thought into it besides that it reminds me of driving the backroads of Hamilton County in my high school days. I realize that dates me and I’m fine with that.
But today I missed the first of the song and only caught the end:
I’m OK, I’m alright,
I’m OK, I’m alright,
I’m OK, I’m alright,
Oh carry on, yeah –
As it finished, I thought to myself what a great reminder it is. I sometimes get caught up in negativity. But as I heard this song, I though we all need a reminder.
We just survived an 8-Hour round-trip road trip with twin 9 month old babies, plus a 5 and almost 8 year old.
Here’s my travel tips for a successful trip with that many kids in one vehicle:
Consider leaving at night or early in the morning so you can get as much of the drive done while all of the kids sleep. We left the house at 4 AM and that bought us a few hours of peaceful drive time.
Dress everyone comfortably. The big kids slept in their athletic shorts and shirts so we didn’t have to worry in the morning. The babies were in their footie pjs for the first leg of the trip.
Bring a blanket for each kid. Someone is bound to get cold.
Be sure everyone has pottied before you leave anywhere.
Try to arrange seating so that someone can sit between the babies so you can feed or play with them, as necessary.
Bring a bag of toys that you can rotate out.
Bring extra pacifiers and keep them handy. We tend to always be missing one.
Have wipes within reach. You never know when you’re going to need to clean something up- whether big or small.
We knew the girls were going to go through 3 bottles each on the trip, so we packed a bottle bag with that many bottles and three shakers, a gallon of water, plus the formula. Some people suggested packing the pre-measured formula but it seemed just as easy to pack the big tub of it when you’re making this many bottles at a time. Oh, and we don’t warm the bottles- they just drank them room temperature, which made it way easier.
Build in plenty of time for stops.
We changed diapers in the vehicle because it was easier and cleaner than many of the restrooms.
Have a general idea of where you can stop and eat that is kid friendly. Our favorite road trip stop is Cracker Barrell.
Pack plenty of things for the big kids to do. We let Will take his DS and Anna got to watch a movie in my iPad. I also stocked a bag of goodies from the Target dollar section including sticker books, coloring books, card games, etc.
Bring some healthy snack choices. We brought grapes, crackers, squeezy fruit. It kept them from wanting the junk from the convenience stores.
Have a change of clothes handy for the kids- big and little. You never know when you might need it and you don’t want to have to pull out suitcases to find something.
Bring help, if possible. We were fortunate to have Garen’s mom and his 17-year-old cousin along. It made it much easier and more fun for everyone.
Use a van, if possible. We are fortunate enough to have been loaned a 12-passenger Ford Transit to take. We would’ve had to take two cars otherwise. This gave us plenty of room for everyone AND our stuff.
We not only survived, we had a great time. It was a fast and furious trip but we all had a blast in Branson with the family!
What road trip tips do you have for traveling with kids? I’d love to hear them!
We will soon be embarking on a road trip to Branson. Google maps tells us it will take 7 hours and 51 minutes. We will have a few stops with the kiddos, so we are estimating 10 hours.
Ten hours in the car with a 7 and 5 year old, plus 9 month old twins. Sounds like we’re nuts. And, as nuts as it is, I’m actually really excited about it.
As a child I remember many road trips with the whole family all loaded up in the family truckster (ours was a red suburban). One of the things I remember loving was looking at the road map and calculating how far we had come, how far it was to our next Dairy Queen, or how far it was to our final destination. As I thought about this, I realized that my kids probably haven’t even seen a real road map before. By real, I mean paper. Heck, I honestly can’t remember the last time I looked at a paper map. It has to have been during college, in the age of Google maps that you could print out (I realize you still can but I don’t).
Amazing. I think using my iPhone’s navigation is wonderful. How great is it to know what traffic is going to be like and your ETA adjust accordingly?!? And no need for paper!
But…I also think there is some benefit to the kids learning to use a real map. Soooo, I’ll be getting a real paper roadmap for them to use on the trip for a fun learning opportunity. Maybe we will make a game out if it somehow…