When people are watching their weight and counting calories and fat content, some people think they need to eliminate pasta all together to eat healthy. There are many different brands and types of pastas that are not only healthy but delicious too. They can be found in any local Gainesville supermarket and at specialty organic shops too.
The most important thing to consider when making a meal with pasta is portion control. Instead of piling a large plate of ziti or spaghetti have a larger salad first, or add a serving portion of meat or fish to your plate. For vegetarians, you can even add extra vegetables to the plate to balance the portion size of the pasta.
Regular packaged pasta and even fresh packaged pasta are made from refined grains. You can opt for whole-wheat varieties as part of a healthy diet. As well as high fiber, whole grain, spinach pasta, and even tomato and basil pasta. There are many brands of healthy and organic pastas now, such as Dreamfields, Ronzoni Healthy Harvest and Smart Taste, DeBoles, and there is also Rice Pasta for individuals who are on a gluten-free diet. A variety of pastas now are made with vegetables too.
Regular pasta can be fattening due to the starch, carbohydrates and large portions. When regular pasta is accompanied by bread at the table and creamy sauces such as Alfredo the calories and fat increase as well. Let’s not forget the adding of the cheese on top, controlling how much cheese you use is also helpful in cutting fat and calories.
If you are preparing a traditional meat sauce you can use lean turkey meat instead of ground beef. If making any recipe with cheeses such as mozzarella or ricotta, use a low fat-part skim version of that cheese. Most importantly, watch your serving size.