Did you know that Italian pasta was introduced by the Chinese? Let’s just say that the marriage between me and my wife were written by culinary fate.
When we speak with potential clients during our 20 minute, free no sweat intro, a lot of people talk about how they are mostly ‘good’ during the week, but then on the weekends, they eat carbs and pasta.
The wealth of information available out on the internet has made it challenging for people to understand if pasta and carbs are good for you. For every article that states that Keto is king, there are also just as many articles that discuss how carbohydrates are crucial for brain and cellular function.
We support the principle of eating minimally processed foods, high quality vegetables, lean proteins, and foods that bring you joy. It is entirely possible to lose weight and eat pasta, just like it is entirely possible to build muscle while being a vegetarian. Rather than sticking with one specific approach that limits the success of our clients, we focus on the plan that will best help them.
The general rule of thumb is if you want to lose weight, eat a little less; and if you want to gain muscle/weight, eat a little more. So the good news is, if you want to eat pasta…. you can go ahead and eat it. Below is one of our favorite pasta dishes to eat at home and during the week (it’s quick and easy):
1lb of spaghetti
2-4 cans of canned tuna in water (add more for a protein boost)
A jar of Rao’s Sauce (good news is that they have one for food sensitivities too!)- Plus that it was on sale at Whole Foods
Parmesan cheese to taste
Red pepper flakes to taste
Salad of choice on the side!
Make Spaghetti (Al dente of course). Warm up Rao’s sauce in separate pot. Add desired amount of Tuna. Combine all ingredients in a separate bowl and add cheese to taste!
This super old school Italian dish was inspired by my wife’s granda (so you know it’s legit).
Tuna Mac is the perfect dish to replenish carbs, proteins and some healthy fats for dinner. It is also amazing for breakfast and lunch (if you like to eat pasta in the mornings).
If you have a gluten sensitivity, there are plenty of gluten free pasta alternatives that would be perfect in this dish (black bean, chickpea, edamame, etc.)
Do you need help with trying to figure out what the best foods are for you and your goals? Book a free no snack intro with our nutrition coach Amber Trejo, MS to see if nutrition coaching can work for you!
If you’re a mom or mom to be (or know someone), we’ll be hosting a pelvic floor physical therapy seminar on February 29th at 11:15am. This will be after the SLAM Hoboken workout class at 10:15. Learn all about the care for your pelvic floor with Dr. Judith Meer of the Pelvic PT. You can rsvp at this link.
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