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4 Types Of Noodles That Are Healthier Than Pasta

October 11, 2017

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When it comes to wellness, it’s all about balance—where nutrient ratio, portion size, and mindfulness can keep you on track with your health and fitness goals. So, you’re still “allowed” to have pasta on occasion (you might want to make it whole wheat, though, for more fiber).

Giving in to your indulgences and enjoying a variety of foods is actually good for the body and soul. Plus, you’ll be more inclined to stick with healthy foods for the bulk of your diet, keeping those “guilty pleasures” to a minimum.

Still—as you can’t eat pasta all day, everyday, here are a few options that slash the calorie and carb count, so you can keep weight in check and amp up the nutritional profile. And, you can step outside the box, away from the zoodles.

Edamame Noodles

Edamame isn’t just a great appetizer at an Asian restaurant. Intstead, it also makes for a protein-rich noodle, one that can pair well with several flavors. An option? Try a pesto dish—the green color matches perfectly, or a good old-fashioned tomato sauce. And, the nutritional benefits are clear. A 1-cup serving of edamame noodles has 25 grams of protein, 210 calories, and 11 grams of fiber.

Chickpea Noodles

Although they’re lower in protein (coming in at only 14 grams) and fiber (8 grams), they are a great alternative, especially for people who don’t tolerate soy well, as edamame is soy-based, or gluten products. And, you can find it in many grocery stores. A solid choice? Banza, and it comes in plenty of fun shapes and sizes.

Black Bean

Instead of throwing some black beans on a salad, try eating them in noodle form. With the same nutritional profile as edamame, but with less protein, it’s a good idea to pair it with lean meat, tofu, or fish for a more satisfying, muscle-building meal. But, as black beans are so versatile and high in fiber, they’ll keep you regular and full. These would be great for a Mexican “fiesta” night, and you can top it with some avocado for a dose of healthy fats, too.

Shirataki Noodles

Ever think you could have a zero calorie pasta dish? Well you can. These noodles are incredibly good for carb-conscious people, as they have less than one gram per 1 cup serving. Made from konjac flour and water, they are a great way to fill up on big volume and few calories. Yet—you’ll need to get some extra protein and fats in there for a complete meal, so use it in a stirfy or pair with meat, fish, or tofu to make it more substantial. And, as these are popular in Asian cuisine, you can try a thick, rich peanut sauce to get it to really stick to your bones.

 

What types of alternative pastas do you love eating during the week? Please share below!

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