5 Best Protein-Packed Pasta Alternatives


It’s no secret…
Being confined to the house for the better part of the day… everyday, makes most of us just want to eat… and eat… and eat some more.

The problem, however, does not always lie in the EATING part – it’s more about WHAT you eat that makes all the difference!

Pasta is delicious, but also packs a lot of starch, a.k.a calories!  Here are some alternatives that can get you your cake, AND will let you eat it too!



With a whopping 24g of protein and only one ingredient, this spaghetti is definitely worth a try.  Though each serving contains 20g of carbs, you’ll be getting half your daily fiber intake with one serving, which most people assume can only be done by eating a ton of raw veggies.




2. Banza Chickpea Pasta Shells

Banza is made from chickpeas, the same protein-packed ingredient found in hummus. With 14g of protein and only 32g carbs per serving, you don’t have to worry about maxing out on carbs for the day with one helping.





3. Modern Table Lentil Rotini

Lentils are a legume that behave like grains in flour form, but pack plenty of protein. This rotini is perfect for making hearty pasta salads or substituting for elbows in mac and cheese. Each serving packs 20g of protein and 37g of carbs.





4. Cappello’s Fettuccine

There’s something to be said for looking toward gluten-free and Paleo diets to find low-carb pasta options. Though Cappello’s Fettuccine might not have quite the protein levels as the others on this list (6g per serving), this relatively low-carb fettuccine pasta, which is made from almonds and eggs, has only 21g of carbs per serving—ideal for satisfying but not splurging. It’s also certified Paleo, certified gluten-free, and non-GMO verified.





5. Barilla Protein Plus

Though this pasta does contain some wheat semolina, it’s also packed with nutrient-rich grains like flaxseed, barley, oats, and a combination of chickpeas and lentils. It may contain the highest carbohydrate content of any on this list (38g per serving), but it still contains 10g of protein, and, chances are, you’ll find this one tastes the most like regular pasta. So if you can’t stomach the thought of eating a noodle made from chickpeas, this pasta alternative is the one for you.  (This is the one I use for myself and my kids).

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