There are so many days that seem to be filled with indecision. Often, too many choices can lead to a sort of mental block. When that happens while trying to decide what you’d like for lunch, your stomach may begin to growl and you might experience a light-headed feeling before finally figuring out what to have. That’s when the answer should become abundantly clear – pasta.
Why pasta you ask? If one thing’s for certain, it’s that pasta is a dish with wide appeal and impressive versatility. With so many folks trying desperately to cling to a low-carb (which often turns into a no-carb) diet, pasta may have fallen by the wayside…but don’t abandon this go-to meal. There are so many fresh, healthy ingredients that can be part of your pasta dish. From fresh classics like basil pesto pasta and spaghetti carbonara to whole wheat or even quinoa pastas topped with loads of fresh veggies, olive oil, and seasoning; there is something for everyone.
Yes, your body can handle a little bit of pasta. Paired with fresh ingredients, it can be a healthy meal that keeps you fueled all day long. Your body needs carbohydrates to generate energy, and there are other healthy benefits to consuming pasta. Whole wheat pasta contains fiber and all forms have the minerals selenium and manganese. Selenium helps activate antioxidant enzymes and manganese can help regulate blood sugar and aid in metabolizing carbohydrates.* Add loads of fresh vegetables and lean meats to your pasta and you have a healthy, balanced meal. Can you imagine any other food that works so well with meat, seafood, and just about any vegetable mixed right in? From shrimp or chicken to broccoli and peppers, pasta is a food that easily plays well with others.
We all like for life to be simplified, right? We love the familiar, yet we still crave adventure. Is it possible to experience both? It is. The next time you can’t determine what to eat for lunch, let pasta be the choice of the day. Dare to mix it up with as many toppings as you can imagine. Vary your sauce choices. Live a little and be free from the lunchtime mental block. Ease your mind, fuel your body, and treat your taste buds.
*Sylvie Tremblay, MSc www.livestrong.com/article/503349-what-are-the-health-benefits-of-pasta/