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Make Your Pasta Dinner Healthier

Carbohydrate-packed foods like pasta certainly have their time and place in your diet, especially if you’re an athlete looking for a fuel source. However, most pasta dinners aren’t very healthy if you’re having a more sedentary day. Not only are they packed with carbs, but common white wheat pasta and your side of white bread contain refined carbs that are quickly digested. That quick digestion process makes it harder to satisfy your appetite, causing you to eat more pasta than you need. Then, your body ultimately turns that excess food into fat.

Fortunately for Italian food lovers, there are a few easy ways to make your pasta much healthier:

1) Replace white wheat pasta and white bread with whole-grain pasta and whole-grain bread

Whole-grain breads and pastas, called complex carbohydrates, “often come packed with fiber, which can bulk up food and slow the digestion process,” according to Self. In turn, you’ll feel fuller for longer and won’t eat as much right before bedtime.

2) Invest in a spiralizer

Don’t like whole grains? Try a spiralizer! Spiralizers trim vegetables like zucchini and cucumbers into thin pasta-like strands. The result is a fresh plate of healthy greens that taste and feel like normal pasta. Plus, spiralizing will give a hearty pasta dish a more summery feel!

3) Mix in Veggies

Just can't give up your pasta noodles for spiralized noodles? Add more vegetables to your pasta sauce. Lightly sauté or steam vegtables like spinach, onions, peppers, squash, zucchini, eggplant, peas, mushrooms, or broccoli. Then toss them in into your pasta or sauce.

4) Pack in Lean Protein

A serving of Italian sausage can have more than 15 grams of fat! Adding lean protein can help. Protein can be used to make pasta more filling, limiting you from going back for seconds. You don’t need meat to add protein to your pasta, mix. All you need to do is mix some whey protein, like Unflavored BiPro into your pasta sauce. Due to BiPro’s high purity, the powder will seamlessly mix into just about any sauce and give your meal needed protein! For best results, add BiPro to the sauce when it’s cold and then heat up the sauce once the protein powder has been fully mixed in.  

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