By Mickey Z., Planet Green
I go to the National Pasta Association for my noodle/macaroni news, and they say: “For generations, pasta has been a part of family traditions from weeknight meals to holiday feasts. From hearty lasagna to delicate pasta salad, the recipe possibilities are endless. Make pasta tonight and create a family tradition that will last for years to come.” Who am I to argue with that?
Whether it’s strands, ribbons, tubes, various shapes (bow ties, wagon wheels, etc.), or stuffed, this holiday season, let’s show some serious, organic love for pasta.
10 Healthy Ways to Appreciate Your Pasta and Noodles
1. Whole Wheat Pasta
Seven more grams of fiber and two more grams of protein per serving than white (semolina) pasta. Also, 100 percent whole grain pasta does not undergo the chlorine dioxide beaching process, which removes three-quarters of the vitamins and minerals.
2. Spelt Pasta
A distant cousin to wheat, spelt does not seem to cause sensitivities in most people who are intolerant of wheat.
3. Rice Pasta
Has a slightly unusual texture but is also gluten-free, wheat-free, and cholesterol-free.
4. Jerusalem Artichoke Pasta
High in protein, this type of pasta is helpful for digestion thanks to a prebiotic called inulin.