When I speak to clients about their favourite comfort foods, pasta almost always makes the list. We crave carbs for their serotonin boost, quick energy and nostalgia. You might think about spaghetti and automatically be transported back to the family dinner table. It’s no wonder you crave oodles of noodles after a long day.
Sure, pasta fits into a healthy 80 Twenty lifestyle, but the common complaint from pasta lovers trying to watch their waistlines is difficulty controlling portion sizes. A cup of pasta looks a little sad when compared to the amount you would typically serve yourself. Especially when you compare to restaurant portions which can be 6 cups of pasta or more!
The solution? There are several options. If it’s lasagna you’re after, try my low-carb, gluten-free version that subs in zucchini.
Another go-to when you want a big bowl of spaghetti… spaghetti squash!
This stringy squash is the perfect texture to sub in for pasta for fewer calories. In one cup you’re getting 42 calories, about 1/5th the calories for the same amount of pasta. You can roast your spaghetti squash or steam it in the microwave while you prepare your sauce.