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As a runner, it's very important that I consume an adequate amount of carbohydrates in order to train effectively. I've always been disheartened by the small serving size and relatively high calorie content of pasta - but I do love that it's one of the easiest meals to prepare. After checking out the whole grain high fiber pastas that have been hitting the shelves lately, I decided to investigate to see if these would hold me over a bit better than conventional pastas.
I tested out Ronzoni Smart Taste Rotini with marinara sauce and some broccoli to amp it up a bit. The pasta had a nice nutty taste, much like brown rice, and seemed to cook up a bit more al dente than regular white pasta. Even though the 2 ounce serving still seemed somewhat skimpy on my plate, I was still pleasantly full for hours after the meal, which is a good thing!
Each (2 ounce) serving of Ronzoni Smart Taste Rotini provides 180 calories (20 calories less than the Barilla Whole Grain Rotini), 1 gram of fat, 6 grams of protein and 6 grams of fiber. Not too shabby at all.
I purchased this box of pasta on sale for $1.00 at my local grocer, which is about the same price as regular ole spaghetti. It regularly retails for $1.99 a box, but for the extra buck, I think it is well worth it and this will be on my grocery list in the future.