The Free Press, Mankato, MN


July 30, 2013

Have your pasta and lose weight, too


Ideally, top your pasta with tomato sauce which is low in calories and fat and a good source of vitamins A and C. Tomato sauce is also an excellent source of lycopene, an antioxidant linked with protection from certain cancers. If you’re using a store-bought pasta sauce, look for a product with no more than 70 calories, 1 gram saturated fat and 350 milligrams of sodium per half-cup serving.

To help you feel satisfied, be sure to include protein in your pasta sauce – lean ground beef or turkey, chicken breast, shrimp and white kidney beans are all great choices. Bulk up your sauce by adding plenty of vegetables, such as chopped zucchini, bell peppers, mushrooms, carrots and baby spinach.

April Graff, MS, RD, LD, is a reg­istered dietitian at both Mankato Hy-Vee stores and can be reached at or call 625-1107 or 625-9070. Send her ques­tions about food and nutrition, recipes, meal planning and healthy shopping.

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