Sunday, June 3, 2012

Pasta IS Good for YOU!

You might have heard that "pasta isn't good for you!"  Well, if you choose old fashioned, enriched white pasta, I would agree that what you've heard is true!  Find out why in a bread post, coming soon!  THERE IS GOOD PASTA NEWS!  There are lots of great (YUMMY AND HEALTHY) options available!

Top 4 Pasta Alternatives/Varieties!

#1 Barilla Plus Pasta

Variety of SHAPES; TASTES and LOOKS very similar to traditional white pasta; INEXPENSIVE; Jam-packed with NUTRIENTS: high in a variety of vitamins, minerals, protein, and fiber!

Contains INULIN -- a nutrient called a PREBIOTIC; prebiotics are foods that "good" bacteria eat to grow and flourish. Prebiotics are similar to "healthy bacteria" found in yogurt and kefir!

These are CALORIE-free and gluten-free! Fettuccine, angel hair, and rice shapes!

#4 Spaghetti Squash

Nutritious, ONE-ingredient 'product'; cooks easily in a pressure cooker, oven, or microwave; contains less than 25% as many calories as traditional pasta!

Thank you Whole Foods for this lovely pic! Here is a site completely devoted to spaghetti squash, well other squashes are in there, but the site name is! It'll tell you how to prepare it (EASY!), and offer many recipes!

WINTER Squash includes a variety of squash including:

SPAGHETTI, acorn, butternut, and many more!

Top Benefits of Winter Squash

Richness in Vitamins A, C, and folate, as well as copper and magnesium help with:

1. Inflammation reduction (arthritis and asthma relief)
2. Heart AND LUNG health
3. Protection from birth defects
For more specifics on which nutrients help most with which function go to!
Try one of these healthy pasta recipes as you experiment with a new kind of pasta!

Here is another post you might enjoy!  Grains Galore (some other healthy grain options)!

COMMENTS: Have you ever tried any of these pasta alternatives?  Have any cool recipes to share?

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