3 Delicious and Low-Calorie Alternatives for Traditional Pasta That You Must Try

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If you’re super into pasta but also trying to watch what you eat, don’t fret—there’s a solution. A whole bunch of them! Modern-day grocery stores offer multiple alternatives to traditional pasta that are more nourishing and less calorie-dense. Let’s explore some favorites. 

Zucchini Noodles (or Zoodles)

Zucchini noodles—or ‘Zoodles’, if you’re on a nickname basis—are a great replacement for pasta. They contain more vitamins and antioxidants and fewer calories and carbs. Honestly, what more can you ask?

Shirataki Noodles

Okay, don’t get too excited, but what if someone told you there’s a noodle replacement that is basically calorie-free? Well, Shirataki noodles sort of are. Based on konjac root, these noodles contain only 9 calories per 100 grams, and their texture is very similar to the one of traditional noodles. If you just fell in love, it’s only natural.

Bean-Based Pasta

There are various bean-based pasta options, from black bean and chickpea to lentil and edamame – and they’re all a Weight Watcher’s dream. They’re not bad at all at mimicking the shape, texture, and flavor of traditional pasta, and they contain nice amounts of fiber and protein and a lot less calories.