Smart Pasta Swaps For Better Digestion

Unless you’ve been living under a rock, I’m sure you’ve noticed how many people are now choosing to avoid gluten and those nasty side effects many of us know all about (read more about them here!). Everyone from your neighbour to your bestie to your good old Dad are now avoiding gluten to ditch the bloat and brain fog and help themselves to feel lighter, fresher and healthier. Luckily the gluten free market has come a long way in the last few years and we now have a huge variety of nourishing gluten-free options that actually taste great and aren’t going to mess with your gut. Check out our fave pasta swaps to help you say goodbye to that dreaded food baby…

Colourful PastaMung Bean and Edamame

If you haven’t tried pasta made from mung beans and edamame you are seriously missing out! This pasta is sooo delicious and made from 100% beans and water so it is packed with protein and fibre, meaning it will help to keep you fuller for longer and not leave you feeling heavy and like you need a recovery nana-nap. Try it out in our recipe for Creamy Green Fettuccine with Crispy Kale… You will not be disappointed!

Quinoa

Okay, so we have all heard of the amazing health benefits of consuming quinoa. Being a plant-based food that contains all of the essential amino acids, there’s no wonder why this ancient grain has become well known as a superfood (read up on quinoa here) and now you can get your quinoa boost in the form of pasta… Umm, yes please! On the market there are many types of gluten-free pasta that are made from a combination of quinoa and rice. Look out for ones that are organic and don’t contain any additional nasties.

Rice Pasta PotatoesBrown Rice

Pasta made from brown rice flour is another fantastic choice when switching out gluten containing pastas. These days it’s super easy to find an organic brown rice pasta with just this one single ingredient. This means you are getting all of the benefits of eating brown rice but the taste, texture and versatility of having pasta… It’s a win win!

 

Green Lentils

Lentils…a nutrition powerhouse in the form of a tiny legume. They are an incredible addition to any diet, providing your body with cholesterol-lowering fibre, B vitamins, protein, folate and magnesium, and that’s just the start! If you are looking for a way to boost your lentil intake this winter then try out our Hearty Vegan Lasagne using the Explore Cuisine Organic Green Lentil Lasagne sheets. This winter warmer is sure to impress the whole flat or family!

Explore Cuisine provide a delicious varied range of organic, gluten-free pulse pastas that are not only incredible for your health, but are addictively tasty too! Check out their delicious range here. What is your favourite healthy pasta meal? Share with us in the comments below xo