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Posted on February 15, 2017
Whether you’re gluten-free or trying to find ways to incorporate more plant-based protein into your diet, there are many options available on your local grocery store shelves, pasta included. Yes, pasta! Plant-based pasta cuts the carbs and boosts the fiber along with providing plenty of protein. Here are three of our favorite protein powerhouse pastas:
Quinoa is one of the rare plant-based foods that’s a great source of complete protein. It’s a perfect staple for any plant-based or gluten-free pantry. It’s also an excellent option for people following a high protein diet and even for athletes. Texture of this type of pasta can be slightly gritty, so enjoy it with a heavy thick sauce.
Lentils have the third-highest level of protein, by weight, of any legume or nut. Plant protein found in legume-based pasta provides the body steady, lasting energy. About 30 percent of the calories are protein. This pasta is a little softer than traditional wheat products, with a subtle lentil flavor suitable for more traditional uses.
Chickpea pasta is chock full of nutrients, antioxidants and protein — lots of protein. Depending on the brand and your appetite, your bowl of pasta will have 11–25 grams of plant-based protein meaning you’re getting 25-50 percent of your daily recommended amount of protein in one bowl. The mild taste and texture makes this pasta the easiest swap for pasta lovers because it can even be enjoyed with a simple olive oil sauce like our Pasta Primavera.
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