It has been far to long since I've posted a blog for all you wonderful readers but please, let me explain! The past few weeks, well month, has been absolutely nuts as I took on a new role as a dietitian in addition to my work as Whitty Nutrition, which has required a lot of time and dedication to get started. I am thoroughly enjoying it and feel that it will make me a better dietitian and business owner in the long run, but 24 hours in a day just hasn't been enough lately!!
Thanks so much to all of you for sticking around and waiting patiently for a new post! I still plan on bringing you new and exciting material every week if I can, but at the very least I will try and post every second week. Check FB, instagram, and twitter for updates on when new posts will be going live and be sure to keep leaving your comments and suggestions! I love hearing from you :) I am also excited to be working with many new clients right now and it always motivates me to keep my own nutritional choices in check and seek out new products that I can recommend for their success. Enter the focus of this week's blog .... lentil pasta. Yes, you heard that right, LENTIL pasta!
If you've read any of my blog posts in the last 6 months you may notice a trend in the fact that I often mention my love for lentils and how my husband and I have been seeking out new ways to incorporate more meat alternatives into our diet. Well I've just found the answer.
My husband and I were at Costco recently and I noticed this product in the pasta section that caught my eye (great job on packaging Tolerant). It was a green lentil pasta, which was very intriguing to me so naturally I picked it up and immediately flipped it over to check out the ingredients and nutrition facts. I was surprised to find that there was only one ingredient - lentils. Well if you know anything about the nutritional goodness packed into a lentil you'll know that I just HAD to try it. I was a little hesitant as the product is a bit more expensive than your traditional wheat pasta and thought it might turn out a mushy mess when boiled, but the dietitian in me just couldn't turn down this intriguing and obviously healthy product.
I've had in it my cupboard for a couple of weeks and finally got the chance to try it out, and let me tell you something ... Tolerant surprised me again and they are definitely doing something right! If I hadn't looked at the box, it would be very unlikely that I would have been able to tell that the finished product wasn't regular durum semolina pasta. I honestly think you could prepare this in any you would "normal" or "traditional" pasta and have a great result. I do think it's important NOT to overcook it however, (8 - 10 min max) because it does seem to breakdown a bit easier and is not as resistant to overcooking.
Many perks for the health conscious shopper including: a single nutritious ingredient, non-GMO (not necessary in my opinion), organic (again not totally necessary for me), high protein, high iron, VERY high fibre, low glycemic index, cholesterol-free, and packed with vitamins and minerals (just look at that nutrition facts table!!).
I have to wait a few days for the amazon shipment to arrive!
The Final Verdict
When I saw 11 grams of fibre and 21 grams of protein from PASTA I was sold - and that's not even to mention the multitude of other benefits listed above. If you compare this to regular whole wheat-based pasta, you would be looking at more like 8 grams of fibre and 12 grams of protein. For a similar and equally satisfying taste with about the same number of calories (290 vs 300 kcal) I can definitely say we will be purchasing this again and I will be on Amazon ASAP ordering my next bulk shipment! Thanks Tolerant for a great product!
Check out their website HERE and let me know if you've tried any of their products (or something similar) and what you thought! P.S. If you're in Canada their website has a link to receive some FREE coupons on your next order. Did I mention I also love coupons?!
Have a happy, healthy week everyone - so glad to be back :)