Concocting a Healthier Spaghetti
By Brandi Swieter
National Spaghetti Day arrives in early January, making now the time to get started on planning out a tasty recipe to try. Spaghetti isn't always the healthiest option when made with high-sodium sauces purchased from the store. A healthier spaghetti is possible as long as people make substitutions.
Make It From Scratch
Making spaghetti from scratch doesn't only involve the sauce. This means making the noodles as well. A pasta and noodle maker allows you to create perfect spaghetti noodles and other various pasta shapes. Creating the entire dish at home yourself ensures there are fewer calories, limited sodium, and more nutrition overall.
Use Whole Wheat Flour
Most spaghetti served uses white flour in the creation process. Use whole wheat flour instead to retain some of the nutrition and add fiber to the mix. Whole wheat pasta will have a slightly darker hue than the typical white spaghetti noodles seen, but is very similar in taste, especially once the sauce is added.
Make Turkey Meatballs
Ground beef is a red meat that isn't as healthy to eat regularly. Purchase ground turkey to make turkey meatballs instead. These are lower in calories and offer more protein. They are a healthier substitute. It's also best to limit the amount of meatballs. Just a few per person is all that's needed to get in a serving of protein without adding too many calories or too much fat to the dish.
Use Fresh Ingredients for Your Sauce
When creating your sauce, always be sure to use fresh ingredients. Canned vegetables do not offer as much nutrition as the ones found in the produce aisle. Onion, garlic, olive oil, tomato paste with no added salt, tomatoes, agave nectar, sea salt, basil, and black pepper combine to create a healthy spaghetti sauce. The sauce will be thick and highly nutritious.
Pair It With a Salad
Skip the garlic bread and pair spaghetti with a salad instead. It drastically reduces the sodium and calories involved in the typical meal. Iceberg lettuce should not be used. It offers little in way of nutrition. Dark, leafy greens are the better option. Add other veggies for a truly nutritious meal that will fill you up without having to eat as much of the spaghetti.
Concoct a healthier spaghetti using these tips. It will help make your Spaghetti Day, and any other day spaghetti is served, healthier and happier. The food is a favorite among children and adults alike.
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