Pasta provides beneficial carbohydrates. A cup of most white pastas contains 43 grams of total carbohydrates, while a serving of whole-wheat pasta offers 37 grams of total carbs. Carbs serve as a primary source of fuel for your body. Whole-wheat pasta also provides a considerable amount of dietary fiber, a particularly beneficial type of carbohydrate. Enjoying white pasta does offer a source of folate and vitamin B-9 Or you may want to opt for whole wheat pasta which offers source of carotenoids lutein and zeaxanthin. Folate as we know it plays a role in red blood cell development and supports rapid cell growth, while lutein and zeaxanthin support healthy vision. A diet rich in carotenoids, including lutein and zeaxanthin, which has been known to reduces the risk of lung cancer. However; keep in mind that both white and whole wheat pastas serve as excellent sources of selenium, a mineral that activates antioxidant enzymes tasked with protecting your cells from molecular damage. With pasta offering fiber this too helps fight chronic diseases including obesity and type 2 diabetes and promotes digestive health. Keep It Healthy Use pasta whole-wheat pasta as oppose to white and use pasta as a balanced base for healthful dishes that are rich in veggies, lean proteins and healthy fats. I like to Lightly coat the pasta with olive oil, then mix in greens, infuse with basil, add nuts, such as pine,hazelnuts or walnuts for a elegant and healthy, quick and easy meal. Also topping pasta with roasted veggies such as red peppers, onions, and garlic then add a touch of tomato sauce, and basil are simply a few ways to enjoy .... Alternatively, incorporate pasta into cold salads. One of our family favorites is Rotini pasta with chopped carrots, broccoli, olives, grape tomatoes and a light Italian vinaigrette. The variations of cold hot, infused, plain, traditional or elegant pasta dishes are endless and readily available on the internet so you can explore mouthwatering recipes that suit your family and taste buds or simply offer you a starting point for you to create and add you flare and flavors, remember skies the limit and cooking should be an enjoyable experience. Nutrition 1 cup serving of whole-wheat pasta contains 6.3 grams of dietary fiber, White pasta is lower in fiber, at 2.5 grams per serving 

Ashley’s Lemon Pasta

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