Pasta gets a bad rap as being a carb heavy, bloaty food. But if you choose wisely…it can be a superfood to enjoy on. the. regular. Below is a cheat sheet of my favorite pastas. Bon appétit.
PASTA CHEAT SHEET:
Shirataki Pasta: Miracle Noodles
Per Cup (cooked): 5 cals, 0g protein, 1g fiber
Winner: Lowest in calories
Best For: Someone looking to use super low-calorie noodles in Asian-inspired dishes like ramen. I don’t like pretending these are Italian-style noodles. 😉
Highlight: They are made from the konjac root which is rich in glucomannan, a type of fiber that helps with fullness & healthy digestion.
Whole Grain Pasta: Brown Rice & Quinoa
Per Cup (cooked): 200 cals, 4g protein, 4g fiber
Winner: Tastes most like traditional pasta
Best For: Pasta lover who’s trying to eat less gluten, but wants something that tastes like traditional pasta.
Highlight: These pastas are gluten-free, but that’s not why they make my favorites list. I love them because they are whole grain + since we all eat plenty of wheat-based foods, they are a nice change up.
Legume Pasta: Black Bean, Lentil & Chickpea
Per Cup (cooked): 190 cals, 18g protein, 9g fiber
Winner: Highest in protein & fiber
Best For: Anytime you want a fast, vegetarian pasta meal.
Highlight: This pasta has plant-protein from legumes, so you don’t have to add any additional protein like meatballs or meat sauce.
Veggie Pasta: Zucchini, Spaghetti Squash & Butternut Squash
Per Cup (cooked): 20 cals, 1g protein, 1g fiber
Winner: Highest in antioxidants
Best For: Someone who struggles to get enough veggies. Produce in the shape of pasta = fun.
Highlight: Rich in all sorts of antioxidants such as skin-boosting vitamin A.
PS: Staying in for V-Day? 💕 Dining @ home with a side of Netflix & Chill? 😉 Make PASTA for dinner! 🍝
Happy Valentine’s Day, SuperSwappers!
I love you all a LATTE. xoxo
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