Like most women, I LOVE carbs! I would eat them all day if I could. Unfortunately, I must limit my carbohydrate intake, or I gain weight very quickly. However, as a Mom of two young children, pasta is a staple meal in our home. While brown rice pasta is definitely a healthier alternative to traditional white pasta, it is still quite high in carbs, which means I have to limit myself.
One day as I was strolling through Whole Foods a year or so ago, I came across a pasta made of lentils! JUST LENTILS!!! I was intrigued, so I turned the box around the read the label, and was so excited to find that this pasta was packed with protein! As I continued down the aisle I spotted pasta made simply from chick peas – score! Since my toddler loves pasta, but isn’t really into meats of any kind, I try to get her protein from beans and legumes. Lentil or bean based pastas are the perfect solution. It also allows me to enjoy pasta and know that it’s slightly less carbohydrates than brown rice pasta, and I am getting my protein requirements for the day! WINNING!
Since I found these pastas, I have been recommending them to all my clients. I am happy to say that most of them (and their children) love them. There are a few different brands out on the market, so look for brands that are organic and contain ONLY lentils or chickpeas/beans as the ingredient. I enjoy the red lentil pasta, green lentil pasta as well as the chick pea pasta. If your children are sensitive to the color of their food, opt for green lentil or chickpea pasta, because it looks closer in color to traditional white pasta, whereas the red lentil pasta is pink in color.
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