Tasty Pasta Alternatives that Will Satisfy Your Carb Cravings
Who doesn’t love an Olive Garden Tour of Italy? From chicken alfredo to zesty lasagna, pasta is a favorite for many. But the carbs, calories and growing muffin tops are not nearly as attractive as that savory cheese tortellini.
A cup of pasta has around 220 calories and 43 carbs. And who stops at just a cup? No one. The answer is no one.
If you just can’t live without pasta, but want to put the brakes on a growing waist—these tasty pasta alternatives will get you the satisfaction you need at a fraction of the calories.
*the crowd goes wild*
So what are they?
1. Pasta Alternatives: “Zoodles” aka Zucchini Noodles
Zoodles are zucchini noodles that are made from…you guessed it—zucchini. They can be warmed slightly or sautéed—add your sauce and boom—you’ll be eating fiber-rich noodles that taste like the real thing without the carbs and calories.
2. Pasta Alternatives: Mung Bean Noodles
Fun to say, equally fun to eat, these gluten-free, low carb noodles are packed with fiber, protein and are paleo-friendly.
3. Pasta Alternatives: Spaghetti Squash
Just like zoodles, this pasta alternative is fitness friendly with around 30 calories per cup, but it takes a little bit of prep time with seed removal and ‘forking’ the noodles. But—if anything is worth the effort—it’s your health.
4. Pasta Alternatives: Soba Noodles
Nutty in taste and straight from Japan, soba noodles are buckwheat noodles. They are filled with fiber and protein, but still cost about 113 calories per cup and 24 grams of carbs. So, while not as bad as pasta, it’s not the lowest calorie or carb pasta alternative.
5. Pasta Alternatives: Shirataki Noodles
So Japan came back in for a second chance with shirataki noodles. NO calories and NO color, they are made from the konjac yam. They mimic the taste of pasta, but it’s like you’re eating air, shaped like noodles. Clear ones.
Weird right? But I bet you’re going to try them—why wouldn’t you?
6. Pasta Alternatives: Black Bean Spaghetti
Black bean spaghetti doesn’t offer much lower calories at 180 per serving, but with 5g of net carbs thanks to 12g of fiber per serving, you’ll be low-carb snacking on spaghetti and your brain won’t even know it. To top it off, you’ll get 25 grams of protein in this gluten-free pasta alternative.
7. Pasta Alternatives: Eggplant Manicotti
While not a noodle, eggplant manicotti is a great pasta alternative for those casserole pasta lovers. Eggplant only has 20 calories per cup. So, when you replace your pasta with eggplant, you’re saving a ton of calories and carbs.
8.Pasta Alternatives: Brown Rice Pasta
Finally, brown rice pasta is a good choice for those who are on a gluten-free diet but still want to eat something very similar to pasta. So similar, it pretty much has the same calories and carb counts, but does have around 16 grams of protein.
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