Celebrate National Pasta Month at The BariatricPal Store
Keep reading for a coupon code!
October is here, and you know what that means…National Pasta Month! No, that does not mean you have to feel deprived because you are watching your waistline. It means you get to enjoy pasta all month, just maybe in a bit more of a diet-friendly form than your friends might be choosing.
Too much regular pasta can mean too many carbs, too many calories, and not enough protein for your weight loss meal plan. It can spike your blood sugar and bump your carb cravings. Luckily, you can keep pasta from being off-limits by making smart choices. Here are some tips!
Ditch the Extra Carbs and Calories
Each cup of cooked pasta has 180 calories and 36 grams of carbs. That may be a pretty big chunk of your daily carb allowance, especially when you are cutting calories and boosting protein. Weight loss surgery patients and anyone losing weight can find themselves in this situation. Too much pasta, and your pants may not be fitting quite right anymore.
The damage is even more cringe worthy when you consider an entire pasta dish, such as lasagna, fettuccini alfredo, or creamy chicken pasta. An order of lasagna at a restaurant can have 800 or more calories – half your daily allotment! – while creamy pasta such as fettuccini alfredo can have over 1,000 calories.
Low-carb, reduced-calorie protein pasta and pasta meals are a far better option when it comes to weight loss!
Your Delicious Pasta Entrée Options
Low-carb, portion-controlled, and high-protein: these are essential when you are putting together a healthy weight loss meal. BariatricPal is proud to deliver with our selection of Pasta Entrees!
These entrees range from the lowest of calorie counts for the strictest diets and post-op weight loss surgery patients. For example, Spaghetti Bolognese has 120 calories and 15 grams of protein, and Cheesesteak Pasta has 130 calories and 12 grams of protein. If you have just a little more leeway, you can enjoy Creamy Chicken Pasta for 210 calories and 15 grams of protein.
Our Very Low Calorie Fettuccini Protein Pasta has an even more impressive 20 grams of protein per serving…with only 110 calories and 6 grams of carbs. That leaves you plenty of wiggle room to add tomato sauce and lean turkey meatballs, spinach and chicken with a little olive oil, or any of your favorite combos of veggies and protein.
Protein Pasta Meals in Minutes
Convenience is the name of the game. You only need a minute or two to get your BariatricPal Pasta Entrée on the table, and you do not even need to plan ahead too much. These entrees are shelf stable, so you can stock your pantry months in advance and use them whenever you one on a moment’s notice. You can also opt for the Subscribe and Save option to keep your pasta entrees coming regularly.
Use Your Imagination with Veggie Pasta
Veggie noodles are a fantastic option if your priority is to get a low-calorie, high-fiber, filling meal. Cooked spaghetti squash naturally separates into spaghetti-like strands minus the extra carbs, while you can use a spiralizer to make long noodle-like shapes out of zucchini, yellow squash, carrots, and even turnips. An entire cup can have 20 to 40 calories.
After cooking your veggie noodles, toss them in a sauce such as BariatricPal VLC Flavor Packs, which come in flavors such as Tex-Mex, Garlic and Herb, Tomato Parmesan, Lemon Herb, and Asian-Inspired. They have 50 calories per serving. Add protein to your meal by tossing your pasta with diced cooked chicken breast or shrimp, extra lean turkey meatballs, beans, or low-fat cheese. Delicious!
Enjoy Hearty Pasta Soups
Stay satisfied with your weight loss diet by embracing, not avoiding, the foods you love. This October, why not celebrate National Pasta Month by forming a new, healthy relationship with pasta? Your taste buds and waistline will both thank you!
For the entire month of October, get 10% off Pasta at The BariatricPal Store when you enter coupon code LuvBPPasta at checkout!
- Alex Brecher