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6 Healthy Alternatives to Pasta

No pasta! No problem! Here are 6 healthy pasta alternatives that are sure to fill you up and satisfy your craving for pasta.

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Spaghetti squash

Scrape out the spaghetti-like strands from this squash and top with your favourite sauce. It looks and tastes just like the real deal!

Now that you’ve got the “spaghetti,” what about the sauce? Try these 7 Delicious Pasta Sauce Recipes.

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Shredded, julienned, or cut into ribbons with a peeler, this low-cal and naturally gluten-free alternative will give you a huge veggie boost when topped with tomato sauce.

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Soba noodles

These Japanese noodles are packed with fibre and protein and have a nuttier taste than traditional pasta.

Check out these 5 Easy No-Cook Pasta Sauces.

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Shirataki noodles

Made popular by Hungry Girl, these noodles are primarily made of fibre and contain virtually no fat or calories. They come in a package of liquid and are usually sold in the produce section alongside tofu. The only cooking required is draining the liquid and rinsing them off!

Check out these 13 Ways to Sneak More Fibre Into Your Daily Diet.

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Though it’s not shaped like pasta, this ancient grain can be a great pasta alternative, especially if you are looking to increase your protein — 1 cup has 32 grams!

Check out this great quinoa “pasta” dish: Moroccan Meatball with Lemon Chive Quinoa.

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Brown rice pasta

A great source of protein and magnesium, brown rice pasta is a way for people who are gluten-free to get their pasta fix.

Check out 7 Places Where Gluten is Hiding.

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