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Turns Out Eating Pasta Once a Week May Actually Help You Lose Weight

Here’s your excuse to bring back spaghetti and meatball night.

By: Rebecca Jacobs

While once frowned upon and viewed as a no-no when it came to clean eating, pasta is making a comeback and may actually be able to help you lose weight. Say what? Yup, it’s true, and we have all the details to go along with a few healthy pasta recipes.

How in the World is Pasta Healthy?

Now if you’re wondering how this traditionally carb-heavy meal could ever help you lose weight, listen up. We’re not talking about traditional carb-loaded refined white pasta, we’re talking healthier guilt-free options that are packed full of fiber and nutritional goodness. And the best part? While they’re healthier than regular old spaghetti, they are actually just as delicious, if not better than the real thing. 

Want in? Keep reading.

Eat Pasta Once a Week to Help You Lose Weight 

Ok, so if you’re all in and have been missing your weekly bowl of spaghetti, we have three solutions you are totally going to want in on. 

Enter zucchini “zoodles,” chickpea pasta, and spaghetti squash. Let’s take a closer look at our top three picks for healthier pasta that we think you should be enjoying at least once a week to help you lose weight. 

Zucchini Noodles

Zucchini noodles, aka “zoodles,” are made by spiralizing some zucchini using a spiralizer or mandolin. Don’t have either? Don’t sweat it, you can just cut thin strips using a knife. It doesn’t have to be perfect to still taste darn delicious. 

We love zucchini noodles because they are super versatile. You can boil them to make them taste a little more like traditional spaghetti or fry them up in a pan to make them a little crispy.  Plus, they are super low carb, keto, and Paleo-approved and pair well with just about any pasta sauce. 

Chickpea Pasta

Chickpea pasta is sorta having a moment in the health industry as it’s one of the only healthy pasta options out there that not only tastes great, but will pack in a hefty dose of fiber and plant-based protein. If you’re a pasta lover, it’s pretty much a no-brainer and makes enjoying that weekly bowl of noodles an even better idea. 

Spaghetti Squash

Spaghetti squash has been a fan favorite for a few years now, and this healthier pasta craze isn’t going anywhere any time soon. It’s the ideal healthy pasta choice for the fall and winter months and is a great source of dietary fiber, and antioxidants to keep you strong and healthy even during the germy times of the year. Plus, when paired with some dark leafy greens, you have yourself a delicious anti-inflammatory pasta dish. 

Looking for some other creative ways to make your pasta healthier? The options are really endless. Here are some other veggies you can spiralize into “spaghetti.” 

  • Butternut squash noodles
  • Carrot noodles 
  • Sweet potato noodles

3 Healthy Pasta Recipes

If you’re ready to start enjoying pasta on the reg, here are three healthy pasta recipes that are sure to remind you of grandma’s homemade spaghetti and meatballs. 

#1 Zoodles & Turkey Meatballs 

If you love a good bowl of spaghetti and meatballs, turns out you can still enjoy it all while eating a clean and balanced diet. Try making zucchini noodles with some turkey meatballs and marinara sauce. Want a vegan option? Try making these lentil-based meatballs that are packed full of plant-based proteins and deliciousness. 

And, we must say a zoodles and turkey meatball dish makes for the perfect and drool-worthy post FitOn workout meal to refuel your body with exactly what it needs for muscle recovery. What’s better than crushing a workout and having a pasta dish to look forward to after your sweat sesh? 

#2 Chickpea Mac & Cheese 

Still love this favorite childhood dish? Have no shame in your mac and cheese game, especially when you whip up a fiber-rich chickpea mac and cheese using chickpea pasta and vegan cheese. You can make a homemade vegan mac and cheese sauce using butternut squash, coconut oil, nutritional yeast, and garlic. Blend it all up and pour over your chickpea pasta.  It’s a two for one dish. You pack in some fiber and get in a serving of veggies. Now, what other pasta dish does that?

#3 Spaghetti Squash Ziti 

Bake up a spaghetti squash and make a baked ziti with your favorite shredded cheese, marinara sauce, lots of herbs and spices, and some fresh basil. Need a protein boost? Try adding some ground turkey or chicken and top with some sauteed kale or spinach for an added veggie boost.

Pasta Lovers Rejoice 

If you’re a pasta lover and have been craving some comfort food lately, here’s your invitation to go ahead and eat the pasta. But, instead of eating the traditional spaghetti and sauce dish, try one of our healthy pasta recipes instead. 

These low-carb, fiber-rich options are going to help stabilize blood sugar, keep you full in between meals, and give your body that boost it needs to support natural weight loss, one healthy meal at a time. 

So, don’t deprive yourself of your favorite pasta dish. Just make some healthier substitutions, and eat that bowl of “zoodles” at least once a week. You don’t have to tell us twice! We love us a good bowl of pasta too.