At our inception 20 years ago, we chose to be different. Unlike other news organizations, we made the decision to provide in-depth, regional reporting free to anyone who wanted access to it. We don’t plan to change that model. Support from our readers will help us maintain and strengthen the editorial independence that is crucial to our mission to help make Western North Carolina a better place to call home. If you are able, please support The Smoky Mountain News.

The Smoky Mountain News is a wholly private corporation. Reader contributions support the journalistic mission of SMN to remain independent. Your support of SMN does not constitute a charitable donation. If you have a question about contributing to SMN, please contact us.

Sponsored: October is National PASTA Month!

Leah McGrath, RDN, LDN • Ingles Markets Corporate Dietitian Leah McGrath, RDN, LDN • Ingles Markets Corporate Dietitian

Many trendy diets like keto, whole30, paleo and carnivore all slam carbohydrates and particularly pasta, but pasta can be part of healthy and nutritious meals.

Here are a few tips:

1. Pick your Pasta - Do you typically buy elbow macaroni or spaghetti? How about experimenting with different  shapes of pasta...bowtie, farfalle, linguine, rigatoni...some shapes are better with chunkier sauces and others work best in casseroles or cold salads.  Picking the right pasta for your recipe can actually improve your meal. https://pastafits.org/pasta-dictionary

2. Pasta and Fiber - Whole wheat or whole grain?  Up the fiber content with whole wheat or whole grain pastas or pastas with added fiber. 

3. Plan  your portion - It may be tempting to eat a big bowl of pasta but unless you're a long distance runner you probably don’t need all of those carbohydrates.  Don’t go overboard with your serving size.

4. Pair your Pasta - Pair your pasta with plenty of vegetables, a side salad and lean protein for a balanced meal or substitute beans for part of the pasta in a recipe. 

For more recipe ideas see Pasta Fits: https://pastafits.org/pasta-recipes

Leah McGrath, RDN, LDN

Ingles Markets Corporate Dietitian

twitter.com/InglesDietitian

facebook.com/LeahMcgrathDietitian

800-334-4936

Receive our FREE SMN Xtra newsletter

Go to top