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 AGraff@hy-vee.com or call 625-1107 or 625-9070. Send her questions about food and nutrition, recipes, meal planning and healthy shopping.