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Summer is a great season for celebrating, vacationing, and indulging. Luckily, September is a great time to return to healthy habits, including a focus on more wholesome ways of eating. According to one University of College London study, it takes an average of 66 days for a behaviour to become a habit: so while it can be difficult to get back on track, setting a few manageable healthy eating habits now can support more balanced eating going into the holidays.

One way to support the shift to healthy habits is to arm yourself with the right information about some common reasons people lose their health focus; for example, a general sense of deprivation and hunger. They focus on eating low fat, low calorie foods, instead of eating nutrient dense food that will fuel your body and leave you feeling satiated longer. Luckily, with National Pasta’s new line of Healthy Grains Pastas, you never have to feel deprived or hungry. Made from a combination of bean and legume flours, they’re packed with fibre and digested slowly, so you’ll feel full longer after eating them; and because we’ve spent all summer perfecting the recipe with our Red Seal Chef, you’ll be so satisfied with the taste you won’t need to look elsewhere before your next meal.

We are privileged to be working with partners to develop Healthy Grains Pastas that are at the forefront of innovation in their field, and who are leaders in the development of both functional foods and natural grain processing. This means that the ingredients in this line of pastas are non-GMO, certified organic, free of preservatives or additives, and identity preserved, which means no nutritional value is stripped during the production process. Because of this, you won’t lose any of the nutritional benefits of legumes in the process, including:

  • Iron to help transport oxygen in your blood.
  • B vitamins to aid in a strong metabolism.
  • Zinc to support an efficient immune system.

This new line of pasta helps us to fulfill National Pasta’s commitment to environmentally friendly food practices that reduce our national carbon footprint. Because legumes fix nitrogen into the soil through their growth process, they not only reduce the need for chemical fertilizers, but improve the environmental sustainability and support of a healthy and natural cropping system.

Lastly, Healthy Grains Pastas help us to support our vision for a more robust Canadian economy and export industry. Canada is one of the largest exporters of pulses (another name for certain legumes such as chick peas and lentils), which contribute over 35% of the world’s production of pulses through 8 major crops. In 2015, Canada exported more than 6 million tons of pulses worth more than $4.2 billion.

Come taste our unique recipes and experience the high-quality taste of National Pasta products today. Follow us on Facebook to stay up to date on our official launch date of our Healthy Grains Pastas and our high-protein pasta, Fit Pasta, made from lupini flour. We’ll also be revealing FREE sample dates in October in our stores throughout Southwestern Ontario which you won’t want to miss. Until then, good luck with your healthy habit making!

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