Weight Watchers wants you to know that just because youre on a healthy eating kick, doesnt mean that you have to miss out on eating pasta. The weight loss empire just added Skinny Pasta to its list of foods, which means that, from now on, zoodles dont have to be your only low-carb alternative when youre craving pasta.
The good news for anyone participating in the program is that Skinny Pasta clocks in at only two Weight Watchers points, and it only contains nine calories per serving. The low carb pasta is completely gluten-free, on top of being free of sugar, wheat, lactose, soy, salt, cholesterol, fat, and preservatives. According to a release, Weight Watchers Skinny Pasta will be available in a variety of different noodle shapes and forms, like spaghetti, fettuccine, couscous, lasagna, and even rice. The noodles can be eaten instead of or in addition to zoodles, and can even be incorporated into a tasty salad.
Weight Watchers addition of Skinny Pasta comes shortly after the brand launched the Freestyle program, which expanded its zero points list to include more than 200 foods as part of an overhaul of the entire program. At one point, the list only included fruits and vegetables, but this past December, the company got a little more lenient by adding on more items like grilled fish, eggs, and nonfat yogurt.
Weight Watchers Skinny Pasta can be purchased online via or WeightWatchers.com.
Are all brands of chickpea pasta, for example, a ZeroPoint food?
No. You should scan different brands of pasta to see which ones count as a ZeroPoint food. Some alternative pastas contain small amounts of pointed ingredients such as corn flour, all-purpose flour, or potato flour. Those pasta brands will contain points.
If youre not interested in eating veggie pasta or using a spaghetti squash substitute, you can still enjoy pasta, but its best to be savvy. Pay close attention to the Weight Watchers pasta portion size. Instead of using two portions of pasta, you can bulk up your dish with non-starchy vegetables, as listed by the University of Michigan, since they have a PointsPlus value of zero. Try tossing in some steamed broccoli or red and green bell peppers with onions.
If youre craving pasta and prefer to save your points to put toward something else, you can substitute with spaghetti squash. At 42 calories per cup, according to the USDA, spaghetti squash is a vegetable with a PointsPlus value of zero. Roasting it in the oven softens the inside. Then all you need to do is cut it in half and gently scrape out the flesh, which has a noodle-like texture.
The Weight Watchers pasta portion size PointsPlus value for a 1-cup serving of whole-wheat pasta or any other whole-grain pasta is four. If you double the portion, you need to double the points. So 2 cups of regular pasta has a PointsPlus value of 10, and whole-wheat pasta has a PointsPlus value of eight.
The toppings you add can make a major dent in your daily points, so its best to choose carefully. For example, 1/2 cup of Alfredo sauce has a PointsPlus value of 10, while pesto sauce has a PointsPlus value of four and Bolognese sauce, which contains milk and heavy cream, has a PointsPlus value of six.
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