Let’s Talk About Pasta

IMG_2375For many people watching their weight, carb-ridden pasta is a taboo menu item. But the good news is a nice bowl of spaghetti doesn’t have to be the villain. As I said in my most recent post, one of my goals this summer is to plan meals ahead of time so that I have something healthy to grab in a hurry. This week I boiled some whole wheat pasta (took a mere 7 minutes!!) and froze individual portion sizes in tupperware containers.

The problem with pasta and the reason it can cause some people to gain weight is that peopleIMG_2381 often unknowingly consume 3-5 times the serving size in one sitting! A serving of pasta is 1/2 cup cooked. Do you know how much that is? Go get a measuring cup from your kitchen right now! See? It’s tiny! How are you supposed to be satisfied with such a small portion? The trick is to pump up the volume (and nutritional value) without the excessive carbs and calories. Mix in unlimited chopped veggies- some of my favorites are zucchini, yellow squash, tomato (try orange or yellow for something different!), any color bell pepper, mushrooms, olives, or spinach.

Here I mixed 2 tablespoons of pesto into about 1/3 of the box of spaghetti after boiling and draining the noodles. Instead of parmesan cheese I mixed in nutritional yeast, which has a similar cheesy flavor, but without the fat and sodium. It is also a great source of protein, as it contains many essential amino acids, and B-vitamins, including B12.

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Yes, that is a glass mixing bowl…. I am a college student.

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