Spaghetti Squash: Scrape out the spaghetti-like strands from this squash and top with your favorite sauce. It looks and tastes just like the real deal!

Zucchini: Shredded, julienned, or cut into ribbons with a peeler, this low-cal alternative will give you a huge veggie boost when topped with tomato sauce.

Soba noodles: These Japanese noodles are packed with fiber and protein and have a nuttier taste than traditional pasta.

Shirataki noodles: Made popular by Hungry Girl. These noodles are primarily made of fiber and contain virtually no fat or calories. They come in a package of liquid and are usually sold in the produce section alongside tofu. The only cooking required is draining the liquid and rinsing them off!

Quinoa: Though it’s not shaped like pasta, this ancient grain can be a great pasta alternative, especially if you are looking to increase your protein — 1 cup has 32 grams!

Brown Rice Pasta: A great source of protein and magnesium, brown rice pasta is a way for people who are gluten-free to get their pasta fix.

helpful nutritional facts from healthy lifestyle secretsSecret: Although these are all great substitutes to the “real deal” pasta, it is important to remember that quinoa and brown rice pasta are still considered a limited starch.

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