Pasta Can Be Part of a Healthy Lifestyle

Let’s celebrate Spaghetti and all pasta on National Spaghetti Day (Monday, January 4), with these great deals:

  • Dr. Noodles Grain-Free Pasta – 2/$12 (January 4, 2016 only).  Regular Price: $7.99 (found in the frozen section)
  • Kalona SuperNatural Butter – $6.39/16 oz. (Good thru January 19, 2016).  Regular Price: $7.99 (buttered noodles always taste great!)

Over the years, with the explosion of low-carb diets, pasta seemed to be an evil temptation, sure to deflate any New Year’s weight management goals.

NationalSpaghettiDaydeals600x300However, all of this exaggerated hype only created fear about a food that can easily incorporate into a healthy, well-balanced lifestyle. The National Pasta Association reminds us that it is reducing calories, not carbohydrates, that can help people manage their weight. Because pasta is a complex carbohydrate, it actually contains little sugar, meaning it rates low on the Glycemic Index (GI). According to the National Pasta Association, foods with a low GI rating do not increase blood sugar, but rather aid in slower digestion, often helping to control one’s appetite.

In addition, Valley Natural Foods takes the National Pasta Association’s advice a bit further, offering pastas that do not contain refined white flour, but more nutrient-rich wheat, spelt, einkorn and sprouted flours, available in many organic and natural varieties. Valley Natural Foods also has gluten-free pasta varieties that contain brown rice and quinoa flour. If you are looking to save money or if you only want to buy a little at a time, the co-op even offers many pasta varieties in bulk.

Yet Dr. Noodles (aka Brenda) of Weston, Wisconsin, longed for a grain-free pasta which tasted just as good in her opinion to any wheat-based version. On her website,, she describes how she became ill in 2011, soon discovering how she had to cut grains out of her diet completely. Discouraged because she loved eating pasta, she went on a quest to try every grain-free pasta variety out there. Unsatisfied with what she found, she set out to make her own. Throughout her journey, she stumbled upon a unique garbanzo flour blend pasta that not only tasted great, but touted some of the best health benefits around. Garbanzo beans, also known as chickpeas, are shock full of vitamins and minerals. They are valued for their high fiber, manganese, folate, iron, protein, phosphorus, antioxidant and magnesium profiles, in addition to containing thiamin, zinc and vitamin B6. Their rich fiber and polyunsaturated fatty acid nutrient content make garbanzo beans a good source to help with blood sugar regulation.

So Dr. Noodles proves that garbanzo beans are very useful, expanding their versatility beyond the basic hummus or tahini. She makes her grain-free pasta in fettuccine, elbow and spaghetti varieties. She makes these varieties using only a few, simple, clean, all-natural ingredients including obviously garbanzo flour, followed by arrowroot starch, xanthan gum and organic eggs. Her pasta is not only grain and gluten-free, but also soy, dairy and nut-free, in addition to being non-GMO. In addition, just one serving of Dr. Noodles pasta based upon a 2,000 calorie diet, contains 18 grams of fiber or 72% of one’s daily value, 30% of one’s daily value of iron and 17 grams of protein.

Therefore, as you ring in 2016, we hope you are starting to view pasta in a different light, understanding that living a healthy lifestyle doesn’t have to restrictive, but instead inclusive of your favorite foods. Valley Natural Foods has a plethora of choices to match any diet or lifestyle. In your search for what is best for you, just know we are here to help!

Click here for pasta recipes courtesy of of Dr. Noodles!

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