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Video: How To Make Pasta Without Pasta
Pasta is one of the most popular products in the world, which is found in various variations in almost all national cuisines: from Thai to Italian. However, no matter how much we love spaghetti bolognese or wok with shrimps, one should not forget about the calorie content of pasta and the high content of carbohydrates. Now that our activity is markedly reduced, carbohydrate intake should be monitored so as not to gain weight. Here are 5 of the healthiest, lowest calorie alternatives to your favorite pasta.
Probably the most popular alternative to classic wheat pasta is zucchini. Healthy lifestyle adepts have been using this vegetable for the past few years to make a healthy replacement for traditional Italian cuisine. Zucchini is rich in vitamins A, C, E, K, B vitamins, potassium, phosphorus and fiber, but it contains 4 times less carbohydrates than in classic pasta. The vegetable does not have a pronounced taste, so you can cook your favorite pasta and the difference will be almost imperceptible!
In fact, not only zucchini, but almost any vegetable can become a "healthy" paste if you get a spiralizer. This device can be manual, like a regular grater, or electronic, but the result (albeit with different amounts of effort) is one and very impressive. You can use pumpkin, carrots, turnips or beets to make healthy pasta, and then you are limited only by your imagination. Experiment with different additives, toppings, and sauces to create your own unique pasta, while keeping your carbs as low as possible.
This is an unconventional but very worthy alternative to pasta. Cabbage leaves can be used to make a healthy alternative to lasagna, or cut up like noodles and added to ramen, for example. Such a paste contains a minimum of carbohydrates, but is rich in vitamins C and K, potassium, magnesium and manganese. Of course, unlike zucchini, cabbage has a specific flavor that makes it less versatile.
Contrary to popular belief, couscous is not a cereal, but a type of pasta made from wheat flour, which can be replaced with cauliflower and make the product much healthier. In addition to the low carbohydrate load, cabbage couscous will provide your body with a dose of antioxidants, vitamins C and K and essential minerals for health.
Seaweed or kelp is an underrated superfood that is rich in many vitamins and minerals. Of course, you cannot call it a full-fledged substitute for pasta, if only because of its pronounced "sea" taste. However, for making a healthy seafood pasta or soup, seaweed is fine. Laminaria is rich in vitamins C and K, folic acid, potassium, calcium, iron and iodine, and is also a negative calorie food.
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