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Whole Wheat Pasta or White Flour Pasta (i.e. Spaghetti, Fettuccine, Bow-tie), Quinoa Pasta, Couscous
Whole wheat pasta is a healthy choice because it contains unprocessed whole wheat flour, which means its natural bran, germ, fiber, vitamins and minerals remain intact. Quinoa pasta and brown rice pasta are healthy gluten-free options.
- Look for "whole wheat" or "whole grain" as the first ingredient.
- Try pasta made from other types of flour, like quinoa, for something different or if you can't tolerate gluten.
- Store pasta in a cool, dry, dark place, like your pantry.
- Leftover cooked pasta can be stored in the refridgerator for later use.
- In a large pot, bring water to a boil. Add pasta and cook for about 10 minutes (or as indicated on package directions). Drain pasta with a collander.
- Serve with a tomato sauce and sauteed vegetables for a warm, filling meal.
Why It's Great
- Unlike white pasta, the bran and germ part of the grain stay intact in whole wheat products.
- Whole wheat pasta will also keep you feeling full longer than white pasta.
- B Vitamins helps our cells grow and stay healthy.
- Fiber helps with healthy digestion and keeps us feeling full. Eating enough fiber has been shown to keep our hearts healthy too.
- Magnesium helps with muscle function and energy production.
- Manganese helps to keep our bones and nervous system healthy.
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