Spaghetti Day is January 4th! Spaghetti is a dinner favorite. It’s a delicious comfort food that is also easy to make. The ingredients are usually inexpensive, too. Who doesn’t love slurping up some spaghetti?
However, the typical spaghetti dinner isn’t the most nutritious meal choice. Traditional spaghetti is high in carbohydrates and calories and doesn’t offer many nutrients. How can you give your spaghetti dinner a healthy makeover? Try following a few of these suggestions:
- Use veggie noodles instead of traditional pasta. Use a spiralizer to make noodles from zucchini or carrots. If you don’t have a spiralizer, you can find veggies already in noodle form at the grocery store. For another veggie option, you can also use cooked spaghetti squash in place of traditional noodles.
- Choose whole wheat noodles for extra fiber. If you’re sticking with traditional pasta, choose a whole wheat option. Fiber aids in healthy digestion.
- Add in veggies to your sauce. Try green or red bell peppers, mushrooms, onions, and zucchini. Adding a variety of veggies to your sauce increases the number of nutrients in the dish!
- Swap ground turkey for ground beef or sausage when making meat balls or meat sauce. Ground turkey is lower in fat. Or, use grilled chicken breast as another source of lean protein.
- Watch your portion size. Spaghetti is one of those foods we tend to pile on our plate. Use a small plate or bowl to help control your portion. A serving size of cooked spaghetti pasta is one cup. A serving size of uncooked spaghetti pasta is the same diameter as a dime.
- Watch out for extra sodium. If making your own sauce, look for unsalted or reduced-sodium canned tomatoes or use fresh tomatoes to avoid the extra sodium added to most canned foods.
- Trade in the garlic bread for a side salad of fresh greens with a little balsamic vinegar and olive oil. Remember, half your plate should be filled with fruits and veggies!
For more healthy spaghetti ideas check out these recipes:
How To Make a Healthier Spaghetti Dinner by CookingLight
5 Secrets to Healthier Spaghetti and Meatballs by EatingWell
Spaghetti Squash with Meat Sauce by Taste of Home