Pasta, one of food lovers favorite eating pleasures, yet white flour pasta is pretty much void of any beneficial nutrients. Additionally, white flour pasta can severely alter blood sugar and insulin levels in one’s body, and contribute to endocrine disorders as well as unwanted weight gain and cellulite. But, you don’t need to completely forgo pasta in your efforts to maintain a healthy and balanced diet and lifestyle. Below, are 6 healthy pasta options that you can use in place of white flour pasta in all your favorite pasta recipes. These pasta alternatives are all easy to obtain, easy to prepare, versatile, affordable and best yet, healthy and delicious.
Not only is quinoa pasta wheat-free and gluten-free, it is brimming with a perfect balance of protein and fiber which not only helps keep you feeling full for hours (unlike white flour pasta), it helps keep your blood sugar stable, wards off food binges and keeps insulin output steady (spikes of insulin and chronic high insulin levels promote fat storage and fat retention). Quinoa pasta is a healthy pasta option for diabetics, those trying to lose weight, and those looking to squash food binges, typically on unhealthy food options. Made from a South American grain, quinoa pasta will help give you a steady release of energy for up to 12 full hours.
This unique pasta is made from a yam-like plant, is perfect for those who are looking to lose excess weight but still want to enjoy their pasta. Made from a unique soluble fiber that swells to 17 times its original volume inside the digestive tract, substituting shiritaki noodles in place of regular white flour noodles in your pasta dishes can help you lose up to 5 pounds in a month, without dieting. Shiritaki noodles are found in the refrigerator section of natural health food stores, as well as online, and can easily be enjoyed hot or cold in your favorite pasta dishes. Whether using hot or cold, you only need to rinse the shiritaki noodles thoroughly under cold water before proceeding with your pasta recipe.
Jerusalem Artichoke Pasta
Those with digestive complaints of any kind, will love the fact that they can still enjoy their favorite pasta dishes, simply by substituting Jerusalem artichoke pasta in place of white flour pasta. It both looks and tastes like regular pasta, and is actually made from sunflowers (not an artichoke). Jerusalem artichoke pasta is brimming with inulin, a ‘prebiotic’ that promotes the growth of essential good gut bacteria, while at the same time, blocking the growth of bad gut bacteria. Say goodbye to bloat, gas and heartburn, by using Jerusalem artichoke pasta in all your favorite pasta dishes. In addition to aiding good digestion, these noodles are also brimming with brain-boosting choline, an essential B vitamin nutrient needed for optimal brain function and health.
These are a favorite pasta option in raw food circles, but can easily be eaten cooked as well as raw. Made from sea vegetables, these noodles contain alginic acid, which binds to toxic heavy metals and flushes them from the body. In addition to being a filling, unique tasting pasta option, kelp noodles are a great addition to raw food dishes, to those looking to lose weight, diabetics, those with metabolic imbalances, especially hypothyroid, and are an all-around superstar at detoxification, metabolism-boosting and fat and cellulite burning. Only 6 calories in a typical serving, just rinse thoroughly under cold water and then use in your favorite raw, cold and hot pasta recipes.
While you might not recognize them by name, you probably would recognize these noodles by sight. These are one of several staple noodles in Japanese cuisine, and are loaded with health-promoting goodness. Soba noodles contain rutin, a rare bioflavonoid proven to reduce your risk of cancer, high blood pressure and cardiovascular disease. Soba noodles are loaded with essential B vitamins and magnesium, and deliver twice as much protein as rise. Additionally, they are high in dietary fiber, helping to keep blood sugar and insulin levels stable, making them a good healthy pasta alternative for diabetics, those with endocrine imbalances and those looking to keep their weight in check.
Also known as glass noodles, these translucent, gluten-free noodles are loaded with mood-stabilizing selenium. Selenium is a necessary mineral needed to stabilize brain and mood function, helping to keep anxiety, depression and panic attacks at bay. Additionally, cellophane noodles are rich in folic acid, another important mood-stabilizing nutrient, as well as the whole body energizing mineral iron. Cellophane noodles can be enjoyed both hot or cold, and only need to be soaked in hot water for about 10 minutes before using in your favorite pasta dishes.
Bon Veggie Appetit!
Gina ‘The Veggie Goddess’ Matthews