Keeping in line with our Simple Switches theme for this month, let’s talk about pasta.
Pasta is technically a refined and processed food, not a whole food. It’s made from flour, which is processed from grain. Pasta can come from a myriad of grains, but no matter which grains, it’s still processed.
Since we know that a foodstyle high in whole foods is most preventative for disease, let’s talk about how to get out of the noodle habit.
I know, I know – you might be thinking, “Give up my noodles with spaghetti? No way!”
But you’d be surprised at all of the great Simple Switches available now for noodles.
Zucchini, butternut, and spaghetti squash all make great noodle alternatives.
As you can see in the picture above, the Veggie Noodle Co. makes a sweet potato noodle as well.
You can either buy these foods prepared this way, or buy a Spiralizer of your own and have your kids do the noodling (they love doing this, by the way).
When we look at the nutrient breakdown of traditional pasta versus veggie-based pasta, the difference is staggering.
Here is just one comparison:
If you’ve read any of my blogs, you know I’m not a huge fan of calorie counting.
The carbohydrate difference in the above comparison is the thing I want you to notice most, along with the vitamin content.
Keep in mind that the vitamins in most traditional pastas are usually added later and/or enriched and are not as absorbable by our body as the naturally occurring ones in vegetables.
These noodle switches are a great example of being fueled AND nourished by your food. The vegetable-based noodles will not only fuel you, but will also nourish your body and cells better than their traditional pasta counterpart. Try it out and let me know what you think.