5 low-carb alternatives to white pasta for weight management

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Sep 02, 2015 07:53 AM EDT

A dish of Italian-style pasta noodles with a chicken, onion, mushroom, and tomato sauce, and parsley, sits on a yellow and white striped surface, 1970s (Photo : Hulton Archive/Getty Images)

Want to cut on carbs but can't seem to give up on pasta? Replace white pasta with these healthier alternatives to keep the weight off without depriving yourself too much.

There are ways to lose weight without completely cutting off the foods you love from your diet and the answer is simple: substitution.

"The best way to cut carbs from your diet is to make creative substitutions," Dr. Arthur Agatston, author of The South Beach Diet, stated in the report by Men's Health. "That way you can still eat the foods you love, without busting your diet."

Here are five healthier substitutions for white pasta that you'll love:

1.) Noodles out of veggies

The latest trend in eating healthy right now is trying to incorporate or emulate the foods we love from vegetables. According to Bustle, use a spiralizer and make noodles out of vegetables such as zucchini, potatoes, beets, and even squash to substitute white pasta. In addition to cutting calories, you're also putting much-needed vitamins, minerals and fibers in your diet.

2.) Shirataki "miracle" noodles

If making things from scratch is too much for you if you're looking for something quick but healthy, try shirataki noodles. The website, Wonder How To states that these Japanese noodles are made from konjac yams which is low-calorie, gluten-free, and low-carb. Unfortunately, their texture is unsuitable for pasta but it can easily be used in Asian dishes such as stir-fries, noodles soups, and even salads!

3.) Kelp noodles

Kelp. That's right, noodles made from seaweed. According to One Green Planet, these noodles are gluten-free and carb-free and would be great for cold pasta dishes or soup. In addition to being a healthier substitute, seaweed also contains natural iodine and help discharge heavy metals from our system as well.

4.) Buckwheat/soba noodles

These are Japanese noodles that are made from buckwheat. According to Care 2, soba noodles high in protein and fiber. These noodles can be prepared hot with clear broth or cold with dipping sauce. According to SF Gate, soba also contains good nutrients such as manganese, carbohydrates and thiamine. It is also gluten-free.

5.) Black bean spaghetti

This pasta is made from black beans and is high in fiber and plant-based protein and is gluten-free. According to Live and Diet, this pasta is also low in sugar content and has antihypertensive properties which make it good for the heart as well.

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