With so many people discovering their sensitivities to gluten and wheat, the alternative pasta industry is making strides. No one wants to give up their comfort foods and pasta is top of the list. Where once there were only wheat pastas, now the market is flooded with new products made from a variety of ingredients. From spelt and corn to farro and brown rice, pasta noodles come in all kinds of grains. We love experimenting with these alternative pastas and this week we have included quinoa shells.
What makes an alternative pasta a better choice? Pasta night is a standard part of the family calendar. But, regular pasta made from durum wheat is hard to digest and can leave you feeling heavy and tired after a meal. Food should never make you feel this way! Alternative pastas made with whole grains and legumes will not only make your belly work more efficiently, they can add an extra punch of nutrition including protein, vitamins, and minerals.
Adding quinoa pasta instead of wheat is giving your meal these extra nutrients:
- Protein – Quinoa is the only grain that contains all 9 essential amino acids, including lysine, so that makes it a complete protein.
- Fiber – Most of the fiber found in quinoa is insoluble fiber, the type of fiber needed to maintain a healthy digestive system. Insoluble fiber creates a full feeling and helps to control overeating which helps maintain a healthy weight.
- Healthy fats – Quinoa contains oleic acid and ALA (omega-3) which are healthy fats that your body uses to reduce inflammation and improve heart health.
- Flavonoids – These are antioxidants that help reduce the threat of chronic diseases.
- Vitamins and minerals – Quinoa adds a boost of B vitamins as well as calcium, iron, magnesium, potassium, and zinc.