Penne For Your Thoughts

Love Pasta but HATE Belly Fat?

 

Gluten NOT Doing You Any Favors?

Who doesn't love Italian cooking?? Pasta is one of my all-time favorite foods AND it can be super healthy when prepared correctly.

Just because a bikini babe diet is low fat that DOES NOT automatically mean its high carb.

Modest amounts of complex carbs (such as lentils, beans and whole grains) and 1-2 servings of fruit per day are included to provide energy and help fill the belly but venture too far down the carbs highway and the love handles will catch you!!

The key here is moderation...

What's the Skinny on Whole Wheat?

Like many people out there, wheat IS NOT my friend. Last time I checked gas and bloating weren't considered sexy!

 Luckily, these days, there are a lot of other options out there.

My Favorites (in order) Are

1.Cybele's "Free to Eat" Superfood Rotini

Superfood Purple Rotini Pasta

 

 

This pasta is simply fabulous and hands down my favorite!!

Made from a combination of lentils and vegetables, this pasta provides 25g protein and ONE FULL SERVING of veg! Definitely a must have.

I tend to prefer bean and lentil pasta to grain based (such as rice or wheat) because of the higher protein content.

The texture of this rotini is a bit stiffer than traditional pasta. Be careful not to over-cook as it can become soggy. I taste test every 3 min or so when I am preparing to ensure perfect consistency.

 

2. Miracle Noodles

Fettuccini Shirataki Noodles

These little gems are made from Konjac Flour, an insoluble fiber, and contain ZERO calories!!!

Yes, you did read that right.

They are sold soft in water and ready to eat. They can be cooked, but it's not required.

The catch? They have a very soft texture which reminds me of well-cooked rice noodles. Frying does not firm them up or increase crispiness.

I personally feel that the texture is not right for tomato based, Italian dishes BUT these noodles do work very well in Asian inspired dishes such as stir fries seasoned with coco aminos and sriracha. 

 

3. Spiralized Vegetable Noodles

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These are super easy to do yourself if you own a spiralizer or can be purchased in the refrigerated vegetable section of some super markets.

I love vegetable noodles because they are 100% vegetables (pretty self-explanatory right???)

Butternut squash, sweet potato and zucchini work best in my opinion.

Taste great with both tomato based Italian and Asian Dishes

 

4.  Kelp Noodles

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Angel hair spaghetti type pasta made from kelp. Found in the refrigerator section of health food stores.

I don't recommend cooking this pasta, but it can add a nice crisp crunch and plenty of nutrients to salads.

 My general rule of thumb when preparing pasta dishes is, whether it's a spaghetti or a stir fry) include loads of veggies (1/2 to 2/3 of the plate). Chunky eggplant, zucchini, mushroom and onion can really help to fill the belly! 

I Almost Treat the Pasta as a Garnish.

It's a little something extra but not the entire dish! (unless you are using spiralized veggies in which case they are both!!)

 

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