Pasta. It is a staple in many diets. I grew up eating buttered noodles and my love for pasta never really went away. Unfortunately, pasta is filled with tons on empty calories (calories that have little or no nutritional value). All of the simple carbohydrates that are quickly and easily digested make blood sugar spike and then drop. This is what causes you to be hungry an hour or two after a big bowl of spaghetti.
Black bean pasta have become my favorite alternatives to regular, nutrient poor pasta. The only two ingredients are black beans and water, meaning no crazy additives or chemical preservatives. They are high in protein and fiber packing in almost 50% of your daily value of fiber per serving.
Also, compared to an equal amount of regular white pasta, black bean pasta have less than half the amount of carbs. For people who are on a low carb diet or have diabetes, this makes black bean pasta a great option.
Aside for all the great nutrients in black bean pasta, guess what the best part is? They taste great! I even like the black bean pasta better than regular pasta. They are cooked the same way and can be enjoyed in the same ways too. My favorite is with a drizzle of olive oil and grilled vegetables.
I use the “Explore Asian” brand. They are a little hard to find but you can buy them on their website. I have also recently discovered edamame pasta by the same brand and am looking forward to trying them!