Show me one person who doesn’t love it!
Unfortunately, it’s one of the very first things people cut out when starting to eat a little healthier.
Why is this? What is the reasoning behind cutting out pasta?
Basically, it’s the four letter word….CARB(s)!
Most pasta is made with white flour, putting it into the “refined carbohydrate” category, which can be detrimental to losing weight. The more carbs we eat, the more water we need to retain in order to support these carbohydrates. This causes our weight to fluctuate.
Refined carbs have little-to-no nutritional value and can cause our blood sugar to spike. Eating refined carbohydrates over and over again can also cause overeating issues as well as insulin resistance. This can then turn into Type 2 Diabetes. I know I know, I’m full of good news over here!
But, wait, there IS good news. Not ALL pasta is bad. Lucky for us, we live in a time where companies are really starting to figure out healthier ways to serve some of our favorite dishes.
- Mashed Cauliflower
- Cauliflower Pizza Crusts
- Sweet Potato Toasts
- Lasagna made with zucchini slices
Really, the list can go on and on, but I want to share with you a little secret on how you can enjoy pasta without the empty carbs and spiked blood sugar.
I know it seems basic, but adding protein to our carb heavy meals can not only stabilize our blood sugar, but can also give our bodies some much needed protein to help keep us fuller longer and grow those muscles. This is why I am a huge fan of protein pasta! Who even knew there was such a thing?!
Protein pasta started making its appearance in grocery stores about 2 years ago, and luckily the products keep getting better and better! Most have 13-20g of protein per serving, and if you are plant-based like me, then you know how awesome this is to not have to supplement protein. You can enjoy it right in the same meal!
Some protein pasta companies that I love are Eat Banza, Modern Table, Explore Cuisine and Ancient Harvest.
Here are some products that I would highly recommend to anyone looking for protein pasta:
And of course I wouldn’t leave you hanging without a recipe! Here is a one-pot wonder that your whole family will love!
Tomato Basil One Pot Pasta
Prep Time: 10 mins
Cook Time: 30 mins
Have you ever cooked with protein pasta before? I LOVE how dense it can be. The pasta itself has a great flavor, as well as being able to hold up in the fridge for up to 5 days.
- In a large pot, combine everything except basil, salt, and pepper and stir together.
- Cover pot and bring water to a boil. Reduce heat and simmer, still covered, for about 20 minutes while stirring every few minutes.
- Next, add salt, pepper, and basil leaves. Stir to combine all the ingredients for one minute.
- Divide pasta into 4 single containers. This meal will stay good for up to 5 days.
To reheat, remove top of the container and replace loosely on top of pasta. Heat for 45 seconds or until pasta reaches desired temperature.
Tip: Because the pasta is derived from a protein source, it is a bit heartier so it can withstand being in the fridge longer than regular pasta.