Sunday, October 24, 2010

Pasta Portions

Whole wheat pasta is such a great source of fiber, protein and B vitamins I strongly encourage you to find a place in your diet for it. 
Just like any food, moderation is key and pasta can add up quick. Knowing what and how much you are eating is the first step of mindful consumption. 
A tip to ensure you are eating a correct portion is to measure out how much you are cooking before hand and knowing how many serving are being prepared. Look at the back of the package for ingredients and make sure that whole wheat flour is the first listed. Ideally, eat organic. This Trader Joe's brand is affordable and comparable to what you should be consuming. The smaller size pasta such as Rotelle is easy to measure because it can fit into a measuring cup. However, if you have a food scale use it. One serving is 3/4 cup, 210 calories, 8 grams of protein, and 56 grams of carbohydrates. Depending on your own caloric goals, adjust the amount to your needs. I usually cook 1/2 cup dry. Cooking the portions one at a time may take more time but if you have the time do it. It will prevent you from subconsciously over consuming. Cooking a larger batch for the week and then dividing it up for lunches is a great idea too, still measure it out.
I had some pasta for lunch, I added 3 oz of wild salmon, sun dried tomatoes. I put balsamic vinegar and rosemary infused olive oil from fresh rosemary in our flower bed.
Hope this helps with the pasta questions. 

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