South Beach Diet - Whole Wheat Pasta Suggestions?




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SusieK
05-24-2012, 02:49 PM
Hi everyone! I'm in my second week of Phase II and have lost 9-1/2 pounds so far :carrot: I would love to hear your suggestions for a good-tasting whole wheat pasta. Also, I thought I read somewhere that beans and other legumes are considered veggies on SBD - did I dream that????


djs06
05-24-2012, 03:08 PM
Fiber Gourmet is SO GOOD. It can be a little hard to find but sooo worth it.

shainasb818
05-24-2012, 03:12 PM
Just two nights ago I tried Healthy Harvest Whole Wheat Thin Spaghetti. I added some shrimp to it and used some Prego Roasted Garlic and Herb spaghetti sauce and it was very good!! My 5 year old loved it as well.


Ruthxxx
05-24-2012, 03:53 PM
Legumes are considered legumes on this plan. You still need lots of veggies every day.

:cheer: on the weightloss!

SusieK
05-24-2012, 05:27 PM
Thanks everyone! I'll look for the Fiber Gourmet brand and make sure I eat plenty of veggies with my beans ;)

berryblondeboys
05-24-2012, 06:07 PM
Don't know how this fits in the plan, but Barilla Plus pasta is filled with fiber and protein and it tastes like pasta unlike a lot of whole wheat pastas that feel too heavy.

CatMat
05-24-2012, 10:30 PM
Susie - your profile doesn't say where in the country you live. There's a chain in NY/PA - Wegmans, that has their own house brand of Super Pasta that is quite good. I'm looking for a good non-wheat pasta now.

FabBy40Angel
05-24-2012, 11:36 PM
I second the Barilla Plus pasta. My hubby is VERY!!!! picky and detests anything "good for you" LOL I used this pasta one night and didn't tell him and he ate it up and didn't notice the difference so it's all we use now. Well... used before I started South Beach... can't wait to have some pasta again... 15 more pounds to lose before I reintroduce any pasta, rice or breads for me. I'm currently doing a modified phase 1 :)

SusieK
05-25-2012, 01:08 PM
I started to buy the Barilla Plus pasta but wasn't sure if it was okay on SBD. I've had it before and thought it was very good, too.

CyndiM
05-25-2012, 01:41 PM
I started to buy the Barilla Plus pasta but wasn't sure if it was okay on SBD. I've had it before and thought it was very good, too.

I was just thinking these should all be checked for ingredients first because I'm not sure they are all SBD safe. People often respond to the questions without knowing what SBD is or even that they are in the SBD forum, they just have a favorite food they want to recommend :)

Here's what I found for the Barilla:
INGREDIENTS:
Semolina, grain and legume flour blend (lentils, chick peas, oats, spelt, barley, egg whites, ground flaxseeds and wheat fiber), niacin, ferrous lactate (iron), thiamine mononitrate, riboflavin, folic acid.

IMO definitely not SBD friendly, that semolina is pure starch.

Fiber Gourmet has the same problem:
Classic (All Shapes): Durum Semolina Flour, Modified Wheat Starch, Wheat Gluten

Remember South Beach is whole grain, whole foods not low carb. Have you tried brown rice pasta? That's my personal favorite and reminds me more of the pasta I grew up with. Depending on where you live my Mom can get fresh whole wheat pasta, also very good. I rarely eat pasta anymore because I just can't handle the serving size.

CatMat
05-25-2012, 02:10 PM
I just copied this from the South Beach Website: On Phase 2, go for healthy pasta. Prepare homemade pasta using whole-wheat flour instead of regular white flour. Alternatively, you could purchase a healthy whole-wheat or whole-grain pasta, like those mentioned above, at the supermarket. Unlike white pasta, which is made from refined wheat flour and has had most of its fiber and other nutrients removed, these newer pastas have their fiber intact and will help keep you feeling fuller, longer. You can find many styles of whole-wheat or whole-grain pasta, including penne, rigatoni, spaghetti, lasagna, linguine, macaroni shells, and fettuccine in most large supermarkets. Look for brands with 3 grams or more of fiber per serving and stick with 1/2 cup cooked.

So - I think when it comes to pasta - the rule is portion control and fiber!

SusieK
05-28-2012, 02:25 PM
Thank you all for your help! I think I'll try the brown rice pasta . . .

InvisibleMe
05-28-2012, 06:58 PM
I just found a new one about 2 weeks ago that I plan on trying once my 2 weeks ends. (Started my first week during Mother's Day.. bad idea. Fell into the guilt trip of my mom wanting to share....so I had to restart.) Mueller's Whole Wheat. They had a BOGO at my local grocer to introduce it so I picked up the penne and the spaghetti. Only one ingredient- durem whole wheat. I can't link, but if you go to the Mueller's site they have a section for their whole wheat pasta, or you could prolly just Google d^_^b

EmmaD
05-29-2012, 05:11 PM
I am a big fan of spelt pasta. VitaSpelt brand has a great flavor on its own, isn't as grainy/chewy as other whole wheat pastas (which some people may like, others not so much) and has a number of shapes. The only ingredient besides water is organic whole spelt. It is getting harder to find though and last time I was in Whole Foods they only had a *white* version of it, which I think is the equivalent of regular white semolina pasta. I order it here (http://www.natureslegacyforlife.com/shopping/pastas/) (the whole grain version, not the white). I want to try the lasagna! I have never seen that in a store.

Last time I was at Whole Foods I picked up a pasta made with Einkorn - apparently the first type of wheat ever cultivated... 20% RDA of thiamin and 80% of magnesium, unfortified. I thought it sounded interesting.

But I also agree with CyndiM that I don't eat much of it any more. For portion-control reasons and that I am starting to think I just do do well with wheat. When I do eat it, I measure out the serving size and only cook that much, bulking up with veggies. Long shreds of zucchini or carrot make a nice addition to spaghetti, angel hair and other long shapes.

I also like brown rice pasta. I buy that in rotini or penne shape (Trader Joe's) or in Asian rice-noodle shape (Whole Foods).

BTW, I do buy Barilla Plus for my husband to sneak some fiber in, but I don't consider it SBD-compliant. It is delicious! And binge-provoking, especially when he boils the entire package and slathers it with butter :devil:

CatMat
05-29-2012, 09:30 PM
Emma - how was the Einkorn? Did you feel any differently than after regular whole wheat pasta? I've been wondering about wheat/gluten - I keep reading that people with thyroid disease should avoid wheat, but.....:cry: I can't imagine not ever being able to eat wheat again...

slimbysummer
05-30-2012, 08:48 AM
hi catmat i have an underactive thyriod and have never heard of wheat affecting it, i don't eat wheat as just one slice of wholemeal bread bloats me, but i can get away with a very small amount of wheat bran. i make the following bread
1 tablespoon wheat bran, 2 tablespoons of oatbran, 11/2 teasp baking powder, 1 teasp xanthan gum optional not in the original recipe, 1 egg, 1 tablespoon yoghurt. mix tog pour into small baking dish microwave 2 mins one side , 1 min second side, leave to cool then slice down the centre and toast, very neutral taste texture close to bread. i also use brown rice pasta or just mashed cauliflower

jenne1017
05-31-2012, 12:37 PM
I love brown rice pasta better than wheat! Fills me more.

EmmaD
06-01-2012, 12:53 PM
Emma - how was the Einkorn? Did you feel any differently than after regular whole wheat pasta? I've been wondering about wheat/gluten - I keep reading that people with thyroid disease should avoid wheat, but.....:cry: I can't imagine not ever being able to eat wheat again...

Actually I haven't tried it yet! I'll come back and post when I do...

I was at Whole Foods looking for my spelt pasta and all they had was the white... so I bought this one instead. And then never ate it.