Who doesn’t love pasta? From spaghetti to ravioli, it’s a delicious kitchen staple used in a number of different dishes from cultures all across the world. Traditional pasta, made from wheat flour, is great to eat in moderation as part of a healthy lifestyle. But for those trying to cut out gluten or cut back on simple carbohydrates, finding an equivalent to grains and pasta can be difficult.
Below are some of our favourite healthy pasta swaps. All are gluten-free, vegan, and each has its own set of nutritional benefits. Try one the next time you’re craving a big bowl of pasta!
Black Bean Noodles: Black bean pasta noodles are made from black beans that have been ground up and formed into familiar shapes. Since they’re essentially beans, they contain no gluten and are packed with protein!
Zucchini Noodles: Spiralling zucchini into noodles makes an excellent alternative to traditional pasta and spaghetti for those looking for a low-carb alternative. Plus, zucchini is high in vitamin C and tastes great with marinara sauce.
Spaghetti Squash: Spaghetti squash lives up to its name. Baking this delicious yellow vegetable leads to noodle-like insides that can act as a veggie substitute for traditional spaghetti noodles.
Miracle Rice: Miracle rice is made from the konja yam and is gluten-free and low in calories and carbs. It acts as an excellent rice alternative in a number of different dishes.
Chickpea Noodles: Chickpea noodles are another great alternative for those looking to get more protein in their diet. Chickpeas provide a great source of protein and fibre, more so than traditional pasta noodles.
Do you have a favourite pasta alternative? Let us know in the comments below!Tags: BIOVEA, carbs, clean eating, gluten free, health and wellness, healthy cooking, healthy living, healthy recipes, low carb, pasta, pasta dishes, pasta swaps, protein, rice