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You Won’t Believe These Pasta Dishes Are All Under 500 Calories!

You Won’t Believe These Pasta Dishes Are All Under 500 Calories!

Pasta is one of the most versatile foods in the world. On its own, it is bland and quite tasteless, but these characteristics also make it the perfect ingredient for adding virtually anything to. It can suit vegetarian, vegan and even gluten free diets.

Despite pasta being branded as unhealthy in the past due to its level of carbohydrates, it is actually relatively healthy, with only about 131 calories per 100 grams. Also, depending on what you eat with your pasta, you can increase the health benefits, for example, a pasta salad that is full of green vegetables can be a healthy and filling meal. A healthy pasta salad will also leave you feeling less bloated than some other pasta dishes.

So, here are 20+ under 500 calorie healthy pasta salad recipes you can try at home:

1. Broccoli And Ham Pasta Salad

    Broccoli is said to have many antioxidant and anti-inflammatory properties on top of all its other nutritional benefits. This salad is only 343 calories per serving and quick and easy to prepare.

    2. Greek Pasta Salad

      This vegetarian salad is only 480 calories per serving. The chick peas provide a great way to incorporate some protein.

      3. Antipasto Pasta Salad

        At only 451 calories per serving, this pasta salad is perfect for those who love meat but want some healthier ways to include it in your diet.

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        4. Mexican Pasta Salad With Creamy Avocado Dressing

          For those who love the taste of guacamole, this creamy salad ticks all the boxes while only being 290 calories per serving. Avocado is also rich in nutrients, healthy fats and fiber.

          5. Tuna And Vegetable Pasta Salad

            Tuna fish has very high levels of omega-3 fatty acids, which help to reduce cholesterol in our blood vessels and arteries. This salad is quick and easy to make and only 275 calories.

            6. Pesto Pasta Salad With Sun Dried Tomatoes And Asparagus

              Asparagus is a great source of vitamins A, B1, B2, B3, B6, C, E and K and many other nutrients, including iron and fiber. This salad is also only 474 calories per serving.

              7. Kale Caesar Pasta Salad

                Kale is a well known superfood. It is low in calories and fat and high in fiber and iron, as well as a lot of other nutrients. This super healthy pasta salad is also only 390 calories per serving.

                8. Pasta Salad With Parsley Pesto And Two Squashes

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                  This colorful pasta salad is only 159 calories per serving. It is also suitable for vegans and full of healthy vegetables.

                  9. Creamy Pasta Salad With Shrimp And Tomatoes

                    It can be tricky to find a shrimp pasta salad that is low in calories, especially a creamy one. However, this pasta salad is only 259 calories per serving.

                    10. BLT Pasta Salad

                      This salad is a lovely twist on the classic BLT sandwich, and at an astonishing 72 calories per serving, it’s probably healthier too.

                      11. Chicken Caesar Pasta Salad

                        If you’re a fan of the classic chicken caesar salad, then here it with a slight addition. The pasta also makes the salad more filling while only being 375 calories per serving.

                        12. Spinach Pasta Salad

                          Spinach is well known for its health benefits. It is high in iron and low in fat and cholesterol amongst many other benefits. This pasta salad is also only 230 calories per serving.

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                          13. Sweet And Tangy Pasta Salad

                            This vegetarian pasta salad is light yet packed with protein, perfect for a light lunch. It is also only 90 calories per serving.

                            14. Quorn Sausage, Rocket And Roasted Pepper Pasta Salad

                              Quorn sausage is a great alternative if you are vegetarian, or even if you just want a healthier alternative to meat sausage. This pasta salad is only 379 calories per serving.

                              15. Lemony Salmon And Dill Pasta Salad

                                Salmon is rich in omega-3 fatty acids, high in vitamins and is a great source of protein amongst many other health benefits. This pasta salad is also only 414 calories per serving.

                                16. Mandarin Pasta Spinach Salad With Teriyaki Dressing

                                  An Asian inspired pasta salad that is only 377 calories per serving. The cashew nuts in this salad are full of vitamins, minerals and antioxidants.

                                  17. Penne With Brussels Sprouts And Bok Choy

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                                    Brussels sprouts are a great source of nutrients and vitamins, including vitamin C and potassium. This healthy pasta salad is only 127 calories per serving.

                                    18. Beefy Pasta Salad

                                      This filling pasta salad is a great way to use up some leftover beef. Plus, it is only 322 calories per serving.

                                      19. Pasta Salad With Walnuts And Peppers

                                        This colorful salad is only 268 calories per serving. Walnuts are also a great source of omega-3 essential fatty acids and antioxidants.

                                        20. Ginger Shrimp And Vermicelli Salad

                                          An Asian inspired pasta salad that is a slight alternative to the traditional pastas usually found in pasta salads. It is only 356 calories per serving.

                                          21. Caribbean Couscous Salad

                                            At only 156 calories per serving, this colorful couscous salad is perfect for a summer day. The mango in the salad is full of vitamin C and fiber, while the black beans are rich in potassium and other nutrients.

                                            With the versatility of pasta salads and how quick and easy they are to make, why don’t you use some of these recipe ideas to invent your own? You will be the go-to person at summer picnics!

                                            Featured photo credit: Jamie Oliver via jamieoliver.com

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                                            Last Updated on October 23, 2019

                                            50 Habits of Highly Successful People You Should Learn

                                            50 Habits of Highly Successful People You Should Learn

                                            If you’re like me and really into self-development, you’ve probably read many of the thousands of self-help books out there on the market. But also like me, you probably find all the information a bit overwhelming.

                                            That’s why I wanted to do the self-less task of taking the most important, life-changing lessons I’ve drawn from these books and condensed them into fifty key points.

                                            Here’re 50 habits of highly successful people you should learn:

                                            1. Believe It to See It

                                            Our minds tend to focus on what’s happening around us and refuse to see what could happen. Only when you trust in what’s possible and dare to dream big, big things can happen for you.

                                            2. See Problems as a Wonderful Gift

                                            While others only see problems and give up, successful people use the problem as a lesson to find improvement in themselves or the task at hand.

                                            3. Keep Looking for Solutions

                                            Even if they’re knee-deep in problems, successful people will still put all of their focus on finding solutions.

                                            4. Remember It’s All About the Journey

                                            Successful people are conscious and methodical in creating their own success. They don’t sit around doing the bare minimum, hoping success finds them.

                                            5. Feel the Fear and Do It Anyway

                                            There’s so much fear on the road to success, but instead of letting that fear control and limit them, successful people do a good job of just forging ahead regardless.

                                            6. Always Ask Productive Questions

                                            It’s all about asking the right questions. Successful people make sure they are questions that will elicit information for a more productive, creative and positive mindset moving forward.

                                            7. Understand the Best Waste of Energy Is Complaining

                                            Successful people know that choosing to see the negative side of things will only create a useless and unproductive state.

                                            8. Don’t Play the Blame Game

                                            Taking responsibility for actions and outcomes is a form of empowerment that you can build your success upon. While the act of blaming others or outside circumstances takes this empowerment away from you.

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                                            9. Maximize Your Strengths

                                            Not every successful person is simply more talented than the rest, but they do use what they know they’re good at to achieve more successful results.

                                            10. Be in It to Win It

                                            Successful people are busy, productive and proactive. Instead of sitting around over-thinking and over-planning a great idea, they just take a step towards it no matter how small.

                                            11. Know That Success Attracts Success

                                            People who are successful surround themselves and seek out like-minded people. They understand the importance of being part of a team and forge win-win relationships.

                                            12. Actually Choose to Be Successful

                                            Dreaming big is a massive part of being successful even if your dream seems impossible. Ambition is a mindset that needs to be a daily conscious choice.

                                            13. Visualize, Visualize, Visualize!

                                            You’ve got to see your success in your mind’s eye even before it comes. Successful people clarify and get that certainty about what they want their reality to look like rather than being mere spectators of life.

                                            14. Be a One-Off Original

                                            Successful people look for what’s working and then create a unique spin on it. Imitating only regurgitates other people’s ideas with no originality.

                                            15. The Perfect Time to Act Is Now

                                            Waiting for the right time to act is basically procrastination wrapped up in an excuse. Successful people know there’s never a perfect time so they may as well just do it now.

                                            16. Keep Learning, Keep Growing

                                            Continuous learning is the key to a successful life. Whether it’s academic, being a student of life or actionable learning, it’s all about expanding your knowledge and personal development.

                                            17. Always Look on the Bright Side of Life

                                            Successful people have the knack for finding positive aspects in all people and circumstances no matter what.

                                            18. Having a Bad Day? Do It Anyway!

                                            We all have bad moods but it shouldn’t be an excuse to stop everything. Giving into a bad mood just stop-starts your life, slowing success way down.

                                            19. Sometimes Risky Business Is Needed

                                            Calculated risks are a must for success. It’s about weighing the pros and cons while moving forward with that element of trust.

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                                            20. Accept Challenge All the Time

                                            Dealing with problems head-on is a must to be successful. Successful people also face challenges in order to improve themselves.

                                            21. Make Your Own Luck

                                            In the mindset of a successful person, there’s no such thing as ‘luck’ or ‘fate’. They take control to actively and consciously create their own best life.

                                            22. Ignite Your Initiative

                                            While many people are reactive, successful people are proactive – taking action before they have to.

                                            23. Be the Master of Your Emotions

                                            Being effective at managing emotions is key on the road to success. That’s not to say successful people don’t feel like we all do, but they’re just not slaves to their emotions.

                                            24. Champion in Communication

                                            Consciously working on effective communication skills gets anyone closer to success.

                                            25. Plan Your Life Strategically

                                            Successful people’s lives aren’t a clumsy series of unplanned events and outcomes, they methodically work at turning their plans into a reality.

                                            26. Become Exceptional at What You Do

                                            To become exceptional, you typically have to do things that most won’t. To become successful, hard decisions need to be made and acting on them is crucial.

                                            27. Choose to Live Outside of Your Comfort Zone

                                            While many people are pleasure junkies and avoid pain and discomfort at all costs, successful people understand the value and benefits of working through the tough stuff that most would avoid.

                                            28. Live by Core Values

                                            Successful people firstly identify their core values and what’s important to them, then do their best to live a life that reflects these values.

                                            29. Realize Money Isn’t Everything

                                            Money and success are not interchangeable and the most successful people understand this. Putting money on a pedestal and equating it to success is a dangerous mindset to have. Success comes in many forms.

                                            30. Don’t Get Carried Away

                                            Successful people understand the importance of discipline and self-control and as a result they are happy to take the road less travelled.

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                                            31. Self-Worth Is Not Tied to Success

                                            Successful people are secure. They do not derive their self-worth from what they own, who they know, where they live or what they look like.

                                            32. Kindness Breeds Kindness (And Success)

                                            Generosity and kindness is a common trait among long-term successful people. It’s important to take pleasure in helping others achieve.

                                            33. More Humility, Less Arrogance

                                            Successful people are humble and happy to admit and apologize for mistakes. This is because they’re confident in their ability. They are happy to learn from others and happy to make others look good rather than seek their own personal glory.

                                            34. Change Opens New Doors

                                            People who are successful are adaptable and embrace change, while the majority are creatures of comfort and habit. They are comfortable with, and embrace, the new and the unfamiliar.

                                            35. Success Requires a Healthy Body

                                            It’s not just how you think, it’s about how you show up for success. Successful people understand the importance of being physically well, not for vain reasons but because being in tiptop condition creates a better personal life for success.

                                            36. Laziness Just Doesn’t Exist

                                            Successful people are never considered lazy. Yes, they can relax when they need to, but working hard is their game.

                                            37. Resilience by the Bucket Load

                                            When difficulty strikes, most would throw in the towel, but successful people are just warming up.

                                            38. Feedback Is Just Another Chance to Improve

                                            How people react to feedback determines their potential for success. Being open to constructive criticism and acting on it to improve is most seen in those who are successful.

                                            39. Your Vibe Attracts Your Tribe

                                            If people are hanging out with toxic and negative people, then they need to take a look at themselves. Successful people hang out with others who are positive and supportive.

                                            40. Can’t Control It? Forget It

                                            Successful people don’t invest time or emotional energy into things which they have no control of.

                                            41. Swim Against the Tide

                                            Successful people are not people-pleasers and they don’t need constant approval from others in order to move ahead.

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                                            42. Alone Time Is Valuable Time

                                            More self-worth means being more comfortable with your own company. Successful people are more happy and see the value in spending time alone.

                                            43. Self-Standard Is Higher Than Most

                                            Everyone has a choice to set high standards for themselves. Successful people do this, which in turn produces greater commitment, more momentum, a better work ethic and of course, better results.

                                            44. Failure Isn’t Rationalized

                                            While many use age, health, lack of time, ‘bad luck’, or lack of opportunity to explain away their failure, the key to success is finding a way to succeed despite facing these challenges.

                                            45. Down Time Is an Important Part of a Routine

                                            Having an off switch and taking time to do things that make them happy is a common trait of a successful person. Take a look at here The Importance of Scheduling Downtime.

                                            46. Career Isn’t Who You Are, It’s What You Do

                                            Successful people know their career isn’t their identity. They are multi-dimensional and don’t define themselves by their job.

                                            47. Be Interested in Only the Path of Resistance

                                            While most people look for the easiest way or the shortcut, successful people are more interested in the most effective way. They look for the course of action which will produce the best results over the long term.

                                            48. Follow Through

                                            Many spend their life starting things that they never finish, but successful people get the job done. Even when the excitement and the novelty has worn off they still follow through and finish.

                                            49. Invest in All Your Dimensions

                                            We’re not just physical and psychological beings, but emotional and spiritual creatures as well. Successful people consciously work at being healthy and productive on all levels.

                                            50. Put Your Money Where Your Mouth Is

                                            To obtain success, it’s important to practice what you preach. Successful people don’t talk about the theory, they live the reality.

                                            So there you have it, a summary of what I’ve learned from self-help books. But of course, you need to start taking actions so you will get closer to success too.

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