There’s nothing wrong with a side of pasta every once in a while. But even the healthiest types of pasta have more than 200 calories per cup! Today we’re Getting the Skinny on four easy pasta swaps that’ll save you loads of carbs and calories.
Keep in mind both white AND whole wheat pasta have over 200 calories and 40 grams of carbohydrate per cup (same goes for gluten-free, buckwheat, quinoa, spelt pasta, etc). Rice noodles and cellophane noodles aren’t any lower in calories, either! But here are some great low-cal options:
These are 40 calories with 6 grams carbohydrate and 4 grams fiber for entire package! Basically, it's a blend of yam flour and tofu. They don't really have a taste on their own, but they take on the flavor of whatever sauce you add. For cooking information and recipes click here.
Spaghetti Squash is 45 calories with 10 grams carbohydrate and 2 grams fiber per cup. You can top it with red sauce, sprinkling of parmesan, etc.
Simple Baked Spaghetti Squash
By Chef Marc Gilberti of Ochsner’s Café Zucchini
This squash is super easy to prepare. Team it up with your favorite meat sauce and a side of veggies for a great dinner.
One 3-pound spaghetti squash
Salt, to taste.
Cut squash in half lengthwise, discarding seeds. Place squash halves, cut sides down, in a 13 x 9-inch baking dish; add water to dish to a depth of ½-inch. Bake at 350; for 45 minutes or until squash is tender when pierced with a fork. Remove squash from dish, and cool. Scrape inside of squash with a fork to remove spaghetti-like strands.
Nutrition Facts per cup:
0.4 grams total fat
0 grams saturated fat
10 grams carbohydrate
2 grams fiber
1 gram protein
For more healthy recipes from from Ochsner's Chef Marc Gilberti click here.
Broccoli Slaw is 25 calories with 5 grams carbohydrate and 2 grams fiber per cup. It's packed with nearly a day’s worth of vitamin A and 120% of the daily value for vitamin C. It's simple to make: heat it just until it's soft and top with red sauce.
This option is 15 calories with 3 grams carbohydrate and 1 gram fiber per cup! It's a great substitute for noodles, especially in soup (e.g. Vietnamese Pho)!