Pasta and noodles for sports nutrition

January 10, 2015 10:28 am Published by Leave your thoughts

With their slow-releasing carbohydrates, pasta and noodles are firm favourites with those who take part in a lot of sport. But not all pasta and noodles are equal!

Looking for high-protein, or wholewheat pasta?

Not all pasta and noodles are equal!

If you’re looking for wholewheat pasta, or pasta and noodles made from other whole grains (rather than wheat), then take a look at our selection here. We can offer a great range of wholewheat pasta, as well as pasta made from brown rice, spelt and buckwheat (particularly aimed at coeliacs) and noodles made from buckwheat, sweet potatoes and millet.

If you’re looking for pasta or noodles with a high amount of protein, then again, you may wish to look outside of the traditional white durum wheat varieties – quinoa pasta and amaranth pasta are great, high-protein varieties, for example. Check out our individual product descriptions, to see which varieties contain the most protein.

To see all our available options, view our Pasta and sauces page, or our Pasta and noodles sub-section in the Sports nutrition area of the site. Here’s a quick run-down of some of more unusual types:

  • Buckwheat:  not a true cereal grain, buckwheat is actually a fruit seed related to rhubarb and sorrel. It’s therefore a great substitute for those who are sensitive to wheat or other gluten-containing grains. Buckwheat is a common ingredient in Asian cooking, particularly in Japanese and Korean dishes. Buckwheat noodles are firmer in texture than conventional noodles and are good for use in stir-fry dishes. See our range of buckwheat noodles here and our buckwheat pasta here.
  • Quinoa: another pseudocereal, quinoa is closely related to species such as beetroot (we list beetroot juice as a great drink for sports nutrition). It’s high in protein, lacks gluten and is tolerant of dry soil. See our range of quinoa pasta here.
  • Amaranth: packed with essential amino acids – see our amaranth pasta here.
  • Brown rice: brown rice makes surprisingly good pasta, and is much more nutritious than its white counterpart. We stock organic brown rice pasta by both Doves Farm and Rizopia.
  • Clearspring noodles: the Clearspring range is based around Japanese cuisine, which uses some ingredients not commonly found in the UK.
  • King Soba: again, this is a noodle range based around Eastern cuisine. King Soba offer noodles made with rice, millet, wakame and sweet potato.

Whether you’re sporty, coeliac or just looking for the best pasta and noodles for optimum health, check out what we have to offer at Naturally Good Food.

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