Think pasta will derail your healthy living goals? You’re not alone. Pasta stresses people out! Especially health-conscious folks. Sure, they love a good noodle dish but it’s often relegated to “cheat days” to avoid unwanted weight gain and uncontrolled blood sugars.
But truth bomb: pasta is only “unhealthy” when it’s refined (and/or smothered in animal products, like butter, dairy, and meat, which are high in saturated fats). You can have your vegan pasta, and eat it too! Just choose whole grain varieties, read the labels carefully, and incorporate whole food plant-based ingredients like cashew cream, oil-free marinara, and lots of veggies!
Does pasta deserve its rep as an unhealthy food? Heck to the no! But thanks to low carb fad diets like Atkins, Paleo, and Keto we’re often bombarded with anti-carb messaging, from morning news shows to Pinterest recipes to food packaging. Given this national conversation on pasta, it’s no surprise people freak out a little when they see pasta is included (encouraged, even) with a whole food plant-based lifestyle.
But seriously pasta lovers, rejoice! Noodles are not the enemy. The opposite, actually; whole grain consumption is associated with reduced risk of type 2 diabetes, heart disease, and hypertension! So keep your vegan noodles on the menu -- just make them whole grain.
When it comes to nutritional value, there is a big difference between white pasta and whole grain pasta.
White refined pasta is heavily processed so it’s devoid of nutrients. Most importantly, it’s stripped of its fiber. Without fiber, the refined carbs rush through our bloodstream causing blood sugar spikes and drops. And since fiber adds bulk to the food, without it we’re less satiated -- making us more likely overeat soon after mealtimes. So yes, white pasta can indeed lead to unwanted weight gain. Not to mention, traditional pasta recipes are often laden with saturated fats, like butter, cheese, and red meat -- not great for your waistline or your long-term health.
Whole grain pasta is a different story. It’s minimally processed and has its fiber and nutrients intact (like protein, iron, and B vitamins). Unlike white pasta, your digestion and blood sugars are regulated with whole grains so you feel full longer and are not as inclined to dive into a second bowl shortly after eating.
Phew...so now you know you CAN eat vegan noodles on a whole food plant-based diet. Hurray! Time to stock up.
Our biggest tip as you head to the grocery store? Always read nutrition labels when buying anything packaged. The words “wheat pasta” on the front of the package do not necessarily mean that product is made with “whole grain” or “whole wheat” ingredients. But don’t fret! We’re here to help you make the right choice in the pasta aisle.
Hungry yet? Let’s get cookin’...
All these tasty recipes are whole food plant-based and on your table fast!
You don’t need dairy to make creamy comfort food! Grab a ripe avocado instead and whip up this easy pasta dish in minutes.
Told ya you don’t need dairy! Our Mama’s Mac Sauce is a dream come true for alfredo lovers moving towards plant-based cuisine.
A healthy twist on a comfort food classic, this vegan lasagna proves that nutritional yeast and vegan pasta dishes go hand in hand. Find nutritional yeast in the spice aisle of your grocery store.
Made with brown rice noodles and 100% whole food plant-based, this vegan pad thai hits the spot when takeout cravings come a-knocking.
Get gluten-free and vegan noodle dishes, delivered from MamaSezz ready to heat-and-eat!
Organic brown rice elbows are smothered with our signature Mac Sauce to make the best vegan Mac and “Cheese” you’ve ever had. Seriously, it’s guaranteed to please even your pickiest eater. Just check out the customer reviews here.
Good news! You can enjoy bolognese, without the BS (Bad Stuff). Our plant-based take on a family favorite is thick, full-bodied, and guilt-free thanks to cholesterol-free tempeh standing in for ground beef.
Loved by the MamaSezz Heart Beet Gang and customers alike, cashew cream and our Oil-Free Marinara Sauce combine into the ultimate dairy-free comfort food. Heads up -- you may want to order more than 1. It’s that good.
We can all agree that a healthy lifestyle and eating pasta are not mutually exclusive.