Whether it's cold pasta salad before a BBQ or a warm plate of spaghetti and meatballs after a long run, pasta -- every shape, size and possible name -- is the ultimate in comfort foods.
But as we all know, the flour that helps make white pasta what it is can be the cause of more than a few extra pounds on our bodies. Most pastas are made with refined wheat flour, but unfortunately, during the refining process for white pastas, the outer shell filled with nutrients is often removed, according to today.msn.com. This leaves your dish full of starchy, white pasta that is stripped of fibre, vitamins and minerals.
Luckily for you, there are healthier pasta options out there -- ones that still let you enjoy your favourite comfort food and get some extra nutrients along the way. We're not saying you should never eat delicious white pasta, but consider switching it up every once in a while.
Here are 10 healthier alternatives to white pasta:
Shredded with a peeler, zucchinis can make the perfect spaghetti replacement. They are rich in fibre, can lower cholesterol and is a lighter pasta option. Get a recipe here.
'Spaghetti squash' gets its name from the inner 'flesh' of a squash, very similar to strands of noodles. Squash is high vitamins A and C, and magnesium and can protect your body against some forms of heart disease. Get a recipe here.
Whole grain pasta is filled with vitamin B and isn't stripped of any minerals. And if you're lacking fibre, whole grain pastas are one of the tastier options. Get a recipe here.
Quinoa (both in grain and gluten-free pasta form) is high in vitamin B and can help your body produce bone growth. Get a recipe here.
Black Bean Spaghetti:
Seen on HungryGirl.com, broccoli slaw is low in calories, high in nutrients and is even fat-free.
Similar to broccoli slaw, shredded cabbage is another spaghetti alternative. Packed with vitamin B and antioxidants, cabbage also reduces cholesterol. Get a recipe here.