Recipe: Skinny Pasta

Many people are still afraid to eat “pasta” on a diet, but you shouldn’t be afraid of this recipe! Moderation is always key with any food group INCLUDING protein. Overconsumption of protein beyond the recommended 10-15% of your daily recommended caloric intake will be stored as fat! In fact, your body can’t even absorb all the protein ingested with these “high protein, low carb” diets. It isn’t right to assume the more protein you eat, the more weight you will lose. This just isn’t the case. Most of the weight loss from high protein diets are water loss. This is why you see the results fast if you stick with low-carb, but gain 5 pounds after one bowl of pasta! For every one glucose molecule (carbohydrate), there are four molecules of H2O. The water molecules attached to the ingested glucose is the source of the water weight gain. Monitoring caloric intake versus expenditure is, and has always been, the most important factor for weight loss – if this is your goal. This skinny pasta recipe works great because, not only does it offer a high amount of fiber to help keep you full, but it also contains an adequate amount of protein to moderate blood sugar levels.  Additionally, it offers ALA Omega-3 (essential fatty acid that promotes heart health) from the ground flaxseed. This is my usual go-to lunch…I LOVE the Barilla Plus Pasta brand.
Here is the Nutritional Information for Barilla Plus Pasta.
 Skinny Pasta
Skinny Pasta Ingredients: 
Barilla plus pasta one serving ( Angel Hair and Spaghetti are my favorite)
1/2 tbs olive oil
Squeeze of half of a lemon
1/2 cup Steamed broccoli
Sprinkle of sea salt and black pepper
1/2 tsp garlic powder
1-2 tbs. grated Parmesan cheese
Skinny Pasta Directions: 
Cook pasta to package directions and save a small cup of pasta water. Steam broccoli and mix in with cooked pasta. Add the rest of the ingredients tossing to evenly coat. Use pasta water as needed to prevent the noodles from sticking together or preventing the pasta from tasting dry. Serve immediately.