By Be Well Health Coach Jackie Damboragian
Gluten is an inflammatory food that we recommend taking out of one’s diet. When we advise patients and clients to eliminate gluten, there is often quite a sadness when they realize that they can’t have their beloved comfort foods such as bread and pasta! Have no fear … gluten-free pasta is here!
Not all gluten-free pastas are created equal, but below are my top picks, they rank high for flavor, texture and clean ingredients. Pasta can be a quick and easy way to throw together dinner in a pinch – I like to add a ton of veggies, either sauteed or roasted and have it along with a delicious, big green salad. Most of these pastas you can find at your local health food store, unless otherwise noted.
1. Zucchini Noodles – The healthiest and lightest gluten-free pasta option, zucchini noodles are a delicious option when the pasta craving sets in. All you need is a spiralizer and you’ll be able to whip these up in no time. Many people enjoy this pasta raw but you can have it a bit warmed up as well.
2. Spaghetti Squash – The first time I had this I couldn’t believe the way the squash falls out looking just like pasta! After having it once, I was hooked. It has quite a neutral flavor and pairs well with a protein such as chicken or fish.
3. Tolerant Foods – Loving their red lentil penne! Packing a protein punch, this pasta has a hearty flavor and delicious taste.
4. Explore Asian – This brand has two varieties that I really enjoy – black bean spaghetti and mung bean fettuccine. These pastas are made of just beans and water and are great with any sauce that you would use with regular pasta such as marinara and pesto.
5. Capello’s – Not only gluten-free but completely grain free as well, this is a favorite of Dr. Lipman and his wife Janice! For those on a Paleo diet, this pasta is Paleo approved too. As of now, Capello’s is mostly available online where you can order it by the case.
6. Grain-based Pasta – For those skeptical about gluten-free pasta, Tinkyada is the perfect transition one to try. Made from brown rice, the texture is most similar to regular pasta and pairs well with all sauces. I’ve actually tricked people using this pasta. ;) Another great grain-based pasta is Andean Dream Pasta, made out of quinoa and rice flour.
When you eat these options instead of regular pasta it’s much easier on your digestion and doesn’t weight you down. Test them out and let us know how it goes!