Are you a pasta lover? I know many of you are but finding a pasta recipe for healthy living can be, well, next to impossible! Introducing soba noodles?
What noodles? Hehe…yea, I’m not speaking in tongues here. Soba noodles have been around for centuries and when the hunger for pasta strikes they deliver on all points of taste, texture and nutrition unlike may so called “healthy pastas” on the market. So today, I can with clear conscious for your ultimate well being offer you the best pasta recipe for healthy living!
Buckwheat is the main ingredient of soba, is a primitive grain that is rarely eaten in the United States. However, buckwheat is the best, and in some cases the only, source of some crucial elements that are vital to the healthy functioning of cells and enzymes. Now, when you think about it, those are rather important components of health don’t you agree?
But there is even more to buckwheat and one is that it is uniquely rich in proteins and the essential amino acid lysine which is lacking in most modern cereal grains. Buckwheat is also abundant in lipids, minerals that include iron, phosphorus and copper and vitaminsB1 and B2.
And if that was not enough, buckwheat is very high in rutin which is an essential nutrient that is not found in other grains, such as rice and wheat, or even beans. Rutin increases capillary strength thus improving high blood pressure.
Choline, is yet another important micro-nutrient found in buckwheat that regulates blood pressure and liver function.
And when buckwheat becomes soba noodles, a centuries old staple in Japanese culture, it is proven helpful in reducing cholesterol and stimulate the intestines to promote bowel movement. The regular consumption of high protein soba has also been associated with reduction in body fat.
So, I can’t think of a single reason why you should not include soba noodle into you nutritional strategy! They are a recipe for healthy living that you will enjoy!
And speaking of recipes, here is a great one for you to begin you journey to soba noodle health!
Soba Noodle Chicken Salad
• 1 package soba/buckwheat noodles
• drizzle of untoasted sesame oil
• 8 snow peas
• 1 small carrot
• ½ red chili
• 1 tbsp toasted black and white sesame seeds
• handful shredded cooked chicken
• shoyu soy sauce
Cook the noodles until tender, drain well, then toss with a drizzle sesame oil.
Finely slice the snow peas, cut the carrot into matchsticks and de-seed and slice the red chili.
Toss the veggies with the noodles, toasted sesame seeds and shredded chicken. Pack with a small portion of shoyu soy sauce.
So, now that you’ve learned about one of my favorite ingredients in a recipe for healthy living, it is time to go shopping! And when you make this recipe, I want to know how much you enjoyed it! Deal?
Carl Mason is a Wellness and Weight Loss Specialist, Author, Fitness Coach, and a Leader in Creating a Lifestyle of Wellness.
His passion is for those who suffer from poor nutrition, related illnesses, addictions and overweight conditions; with a specific focus on women. Carl unveils the power of nutrition and fitness to bring recovery, healing, restoration and strength.
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