If you love pasta but are looking to minimize your intake of gluten and carbs, the good news is you don’t necessarily need to give up your favorite pasta dishes. Instead, you can just swap out your regular pasta in favor of one of the three healthier pasta options instead.
Brown Rice Pasta – While not as high on the carb scale as regular pasta, brown rice pasta offers a gluten free, lesser carb option that tastes almost identical to regular pasta with a slightly firmer texture. Don’t rinse after cooking, to ensure that your sauces “stick” to your noodles for optimal flavor absorption. And, if you are “carb cycling”, you can eat this on your high carb days.
Bean Pasta – I was surprised by how much I liked this pasta variety, and it offers another hearty option to regular pasta. Black bean pasta is gluten free and has a mid-range carb level. Again, don’t rinse after cooking to ensure that your sauces and other ingredients “stick” to your noodles. Also, be careful to not overcook.
Shiritaki Noodles – Sometimes referred to as the “miracle noodle”, this pasta option is both gluten free as well as virtually carb free, so it can be eaten freely on your low carb days or whenever. I recommend a very thorough rinse before using them, whether cold or heated. It seems to remove a unique type of odor and coating that the noodles have. The noodles themselves have virtually no flavor, so they easily take on the flavors of the ingredients you add to them. Boiling is good, but I prefer some type of stir fry recipe when using this type of pasta for optimal texture and flavor.
And there you have it, three delicious and healthy pasta alternatives that won’t wreck havoc on your blood sugar levels, health or weight management.
Bon Veggie Appetit!
Gina “The Veggie Goddess” Matthews