Are you sick of searching for new ways to make healthy, exciting lunches? Try pasta! Pasta is a versatile meal that is easy to make part of your well-balanced diet. Our bodies need carbohydrates, proteins, fibre, and vitamins to keep us energized throughout the day. Pasta’s here for you! By choosing your ingredients thoughtfully you can design a pasta lunch to get you through the 3 o’clock wall without reaching for a donut.

Prepare your own pasta lunch and customize it to fit your body’s specific needs; high protein, low-fat, gluten-free, vegan, and more. Start with half a cup to a cup of cooked pasta depending on the amount of fuel your body needs to you through the afternoon, then add lots of vegetables and healthy proteins. Start by choosing the best pasta to suit your nutritional needs. To do that you need to know a little bit about flour. Semolina wheat flour is the best quality wheat flour for pasta, and wheat flour pasta is a good source of carbohydrates – a nutrient your body relies on for energy. Other grain flours used in pasta include red lentil and quinoa, both of which offer high protein and fibre content than wheat flours. Both are in National Pasta’s gluten-free Healthy Grains Red Lentil Rotini and makes for a great meal if you plan to work out later!

Now that you’ve got your pasta you can choose a sauce. Follow Italian tradition by coating your pasta with a hint of sauce and you can feel as confident in using a rich cream sauce as you would a hearty marinara. If you’re making Pasta for Lunchpasta salad consider packing your mayo on the side so that the pasta doesn’t soak it up overnight and encourage you to add more. Flavoured oil also makes for a delicious pasta dish, and you just need a little bit.
Protein provides additional energy with your carbs, and helps you to feel satisfied after a meal longer than carbs alone. Adding lean or low-fat meats to your pasta dishes such as beef, poultry, fish or seafood fills the need, as do plant-based proteins like pulses (lentils, beans, chickpeas), and tofu.

Finally, dress your pasta lunch up with lots of vegetables for added nutrients and even more fibre. Dark leafy greens are a great addition to pasta salad and are high in iron and antioxidants. Peppers, carrots, celery, and onions, of course, go well with marinara sauce but also try squash, peas, broccoli, and eggplant. Don’t forget to add a little pasta to your soup!

National Pasta carries a variety of Canadian-made, high-quality pastas including traditional wheat pasta and our high-fibre, protein-rich Healthy Grains Red Lentil Rotini. Take a browse through our freezer section, lunch might be waiting for you right now! Stop by our locations at 715 Wellington St. W in Guelph or 25 Struck Court Unit 3 in Cambridge to see what’s in store.


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