I am a pasta fanatic… I have it for dinner at least twice a week, if not more, and I’m not ashamed! That’s because my pasta is always healthy, full of greens and protein, and completely satisfying. In my opinion, pasta has a horrible rep– it’s always associated with buttery sauces and tons of unnecessary carbs, but it doesn’t have to be. Here are some tips to make pasta your favorite, and healthiest meal of the week!
1. Choose the Right Pasta
I use Jovial Organic 100% whole wheat pasta– Jovial is minimally processed, has few ingredients, and is full of protein but low in carbs. It doesn’t get better than that people! It’s also all about moderation… pay attention to the serving amount on the box, and stick to it. (Okay, to be honest, sticking to the serving amount is tough for me… but I’m working on it ;))
2. Make your own Sauce
By making the sauce yourself, you’re able to have more control over the ingredients you put into it… the fresher the ingredients, the better it is for you. My sauces are always EVOO based; EVOO has healthy fats that are good for the body and great for the skin… so less butter, and more olive oil will lead to a healthier sauce, guaranteed– add in sauteed garlic or some lemon juice to instantly brighten the flavor of any EVOO sauce base.
3. Add on the veggies and protein
Any pasta dish can be interesting, delicious and inventive depending on the veggies and proteins you have around. Chop up some greens, add in some local produce, and viola, you’ve gotten your vegetable servings in!– just add seasoning! Also, FUN FACT: did you know that vegetables are richer in nutrient value when they are sauteed or steamed vs. when they are eaten raw?! … I know, mind blowing!
Switch up the protein– cheese, almond cheese, fish, tofu, poultry, meat… so many options for protein, but add it in there! It will keep you fuller longer, and lead to a healthier and leaner you… guaranteed!
4. Experiment with flavors and textures!
Don’t forget to season! Salt and pepper is sometimes all you need to finish a pasta dish, but other times you need to add some heat (cayenne pepper for instance), or some deep Italian Oregano leaves to make a dish complete. I often add sweet vinegar to the pasta when serving, it provides a great sweet acidity that I love, especially for my pesto! I also like to add ground flax seeds to my pasta dishes… I know it sounds crazy, LOL, but I love the texture, it keeps me fuller longer, and flax seeds are full of some extra protein… can’t hurt!
Tonight I made my famous Pesto– spinach, basil, EVOO, garlic, and pine nuts… on top, sliced baby tomatoes and almond cheese! Looks good enough to eat, right?! Well go! Make it! It’s healthy and SFG approved!
So there are some tips on how to make Pasta your healthiest meal… Enjoy SFGs!