First, check the labels. Spaghetti sauce varies greatly in the amount of sodium. Choose one less than 500mg of sodium rather than one 1000mg or more. Then take 1/4 cup which is half a serving and add 1/4 cup canned tomatoes no salt added w/ oregano and basil. Boca Crumbles add meaty taste & protein.
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Do you love spaghetti (or any pasta)? If so, you have to try this!
If you're like me and you love spaghetti (ANY pasta), and want to enjoy it without sacrificing your healthy eating, whenever possible use spaghetti squash, instead of pasta. If you have never tried it, give it a try! If time allows, I will also make my own sauce to eliminate all the added sugar and/or salt in jarred sauces. Or even just toss the strands of spaghetti squash with a little olive oil then sprinkle with Parmesan cheese.22
Spaghetti squash can be easily cooked in a microwave and usually has a sticker on it with instructions. I cut mine in half, place cut side down in a glass casserole dish with a little water, cover with the lid and microwave for about 8 to 10 minutes. Let cool, then use a fork to remove strands.
I'm not a huge fan of spaghetti, but my family loves it. It just so happens that the sauce (and pizza sauce) are the ONLY way I get any tomatoes into my diet, therefore, I do try to make it every other week. It's imperative to use whole grain noodles (if you cannot hack it for whatever reason, go half and half). Using fresh sauce without sugar and whole wheat makes spaghetti a very healthy AND filling meal choice.
Whole grain spaghetti noodles do not cost much more than traditional spaghetti noodles-which is generally not the case in eating healthy-go for it!
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