Hell yes, pasta is diet cool! (Just so long as you keep the total calories and carbohydrates in line on any given day, you can eat most anything you want to)! Really!
On an otherwise cold and dreary Sunday in February, I elected to mix things up a bit, diet-wise, and have myself some pasta for the midday meal! I was getting pretty bored with the rather bland lunches in the past and wanted to enjoy a steaming plate of Penne lisce along with some steamed broccoli, carrots and a slice garlic toast! The key to this meal-a-deal was to keep the amount of pasta at just 56 grams. Here was what I came up with:
As I saw that the actual weights of the carrots and broccoli were significantly less that what had been calculated in the dietary base, I toned the calories down to 380 and the carbs to 74 grams. With the total for this day being about 1500 and 140 grams respectively. That was well with in the dietary recommendation of institutes like the Mayo Clinic.
[Note that the Mayo Clinic recommended amounts are as follows: 'The Dietary Guidelines for Americans recommends that carbohydrates make up 45 to 65 percent of your total daily calories. So, if you get 2,000 calories a day, between 900 and 1,300 calories should be from carbohydrates. That translates to between 225 and 325 grams of carbohydrates a day.']
So on this day, it was no harm and no foul as I did get to enjoy a real change of pace lunchtime repast! Notes: The glass contained not wine, but rather some flavored water. I also used a butter and salt substitute.