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Nutrition News: White Pasta Alternatives, Dietary Guidelines and Sustainability and Social Media’s Nutritional Impact

by in Food News, October 9, 2015

Beyond White Pasta

White pasta can spike blood sugar and lead to an increased risk of weight gain, Type 2 diabetes and other health issues. So look no further if you’re searching for a few healthy alternatives to white pasta, because U.S. News Health & Wellness reporter K. Aleisha Fetters has some suggestions: Why not try whole-wheat pasta, quinoa pasta, buckwheat noodles, sprouted-grain pasta, spelt pasta or brown-rice pasta instead? “Luckily, the more heat white pasta receives from critics, the more food manufacturers work to up their alternative-pasta game with whole grains, heart-healthy fiber, filling protein, and more vitamins and minerals than you’ll find in a salad,” she wrote. That is lucky!

Sustainability Beyond the Scope?

Should the new version of the Dietary Guidelines for Americans factor in sustainability, considering not only Americans’ health and well-being but also that of our planet? A group of public health and sustainability experts argued last week in the journal Science that they should — echoing the recommendation made by a federal advisory committee of nutritionists in April. But lawmakers and administration officials apparently disagree. Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack and Health and Human Services Secretary Sylvia Burwell announced Tuesday that the updated dietary guidelines to be released in December will not consider environmental sustainability — which would have endorsed a diet with fewer animal-based foods. Some congressmen, who had argued that sustainability was outside the guidelines’ scope, cheered the decision on Wednesday.

Instagram for Breakfast

Parents may feel as if social media is consuming their teens’ lives, but it may also be affecting what those teens consume. A cross-sectional study of about 9,000 middle- and high-school students conducted by Canadian researchers and published in the British Journal of Nutrition concluded that the more time teens spent on social media sites — like Instagram, Vine, Snapchat, WhatsApp, Facebook and Twitter — the more likely they were to make poor nutritional choices, like not eating breakfast or drinking sugary beverages and energy drinks. Teens who used social networking sites for less than one hour a day had a 67 percent higher chance of drinking sugary beverages, while those who used them for just under two or five hours had a 90 percent and a 3.3-fold increase, respectively, in the odds of doing so, according to the researchers. Gulp.

Easy Baked Pesto Pasta for Labor Day

by in Healthy Recipes, September 5, 2015

Pasta casseroles are perhaps the finest combination of weeknight convenience and classic comfort food. This one is a true crowd-pleaser: rigatoni in a simple homemade pesto sauce, layered with zucchini, tomatoes, red peppers and Asiago cheese, then baked until bubbly. Read more

7 Delicious Pastas, Lightened Up!

by in Healthy Recipes, October 25, 2014

Antipasta Penne
When the weather turns chilly, nothing beats a comforting plate of pasta. Indulge the healthy way with these tasty dishes that are low in fat, but high in flavor. Read more

When Cravings Call, What Are They Saying?

by in Diets & Weight Loss, August 14, 2014


We all get cravings, but when they come in the form of high-sugar and calorie-dense foods, it’s our waistlines that suffer the consequences. But understanding the messages behind cravings can make it easier to resist the siren call of certain foods.

Why We Crave
One theory as to why we crave specific foods so intensely is that the body is deficient in a nutrient that food contains. For example, we desperately crave potato chips because our body is in need of salt. This theory, unfortunately, lacks scientific evidence to back it up.

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Food Fight!: Pasta vs. Pizza

by in Uncategorized, March 8, 2014

pasta and pizza
They’re in a serious tie for tastiness — but which is healthier, a bowl of spaghetti or few slices of pizza? Find out which cheesy, carb-y wonder has the most redeeming value in this (tomato-spattered) showdown between pasta and pie!

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Better-For-You Baked Ziti

by in Uncategorized, January 9, 2014

baked ziti
Baked ziti is a comfort food staple. But with loads of full-fat ricotta, mozzarella and sometimes even sour cream too, one serving can rack up the calories and saturated fat.

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Baked Spinach and Cheese Ravioli

by in Uncategorized, November 13, 2013


One typical serving of cheese-filled ravioli (four squares) can dish out up to 850 calories, 15 grams of saturated fat, and 1,600 milligrams of sodium. And that’s without sauce. But by making homemade ravioli with healthy fillings and wonton wrappers, you can eliminate loads of unnecessary calories and sodium, and bump up nutrients by adding antioxidant-rich spinach. Thanks to the wonton wrappers (just 23 calories each), they’re a snap to prepare. And since the ravioli are baked (not boiled in water), you get to enjoy a golden-brown, toasted ravioli with a creamy, cheesy middle.

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15 Great Vegetarian Pastas

by in Healthy Recipes, October 11, 2013

kale pesto spaghetti
These recipes are all sans meat, poultry and fish–but brimming with flavor from veggies, beans, herbs and nuts.

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What To Order: The 5 Healthiest Restaurant Pasta Dinners

by in Dining Out, February 24, 2012
restaurant menu
Need help finding a healthy pasta dish?

Pasta is a popular choice for diners, but unfortunately sensible restaurant pasta dishes are hard to come by. We scanned popular restaurant menus to find some reasonable choices.

Pasta Problem
Most restaurants offer enormous mounds of pasta weighed down with high-fat sauces. We were able to spot a couple of smarter options; a few even came with lean protein and whole grains. Sodium will always be an issue when dining out. While these dishes were in no way “low sodium,” they were among the lowest in salt.

Olive Garden’s Linguine alla Marinara
Nutrition Info: 430 calories; 6 grams fat (1 saturated); 900 milligrams sodium

Simple is best at this popular pasta joint; enjoy with a salad and you’ve got yourself a meal.

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Top 10 Foods That Fill You Up

by in Healthy Tips, January 11, 2012
Nuts are a high-protein snack that will keep you feeling full.

Do you find yourself hungry 30 minutes after eating? Certain foods can help keep you satisfied so you avoid mindlessly munching throughout the day. Add these 10 filling foods to your daily repertoire.

#1: Oatmeal
A bowl of warming oatmeal can help jump-start a cold winter day and keep you satisfied, thanks to all that fiber.

Recipe: Apple Harvest Oatmeal

#2: Cottage Cheese
This underappreciated food has a perfect balance of fat, carbs and protein. You can count on the combo of protein and fat to help fill you up. Top ½ cup of low fat cottage cheese with fresh fruit or granola or use cottage in dip, quick bread, or pancake recipes.

Recipe: Cottage Cheese Biscuits

#3: Nuts
Pistachios, pecans, almonds, walnuts, or cashews— nuts contain healthy unsaturated fat combined with protein to help keep you satisfied. With an average of 7 calories per nut, a small handful (about an ounce) makes a great snack.

Recipe: Almond Lover Trail Mix

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