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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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                                            What Your Fear of Being Alone Is Really About and How to Get over It

                                            What Your Fear of Being Alone Is Really About and How to Get over It

                                            Are you afraid of being alone?  Do you worry about your physical safety or do you fear loneliness? These are strong negative feelings that can impact your health.

                                            One study found that when older people are socially isolated, there is an increased risk of an earlier death,[1] by as much as 26%.

                                            If you experience loneliness and are worried about your fear of being alone, study these 6 ways to help you find your comfort zone.

                                            But first, the good news!

                                            How many times have you said to yourself, ‘I just can’t wait to be alone’? This might be after a day’s work, an argument with your partner or after a noisy dinner with friends. You need time to be yourself, gather your thoughts, relish the silence and just totally chill out. These are precious moments and are very important for your own peace of mind and mental refreshment.

                                            But for many people, this feeling is not often present and loneliness takes over. As Joss Whedon once said,

                                            ‘Loneliness is about the scariest thing out there’.

                                            Read on and discover how you can exploit being alone to your own advantage and how you can defeat loneliness.

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                                            1. Embrace loneliness

                                            When you are alone, it is important to embrace it and enjoy it to the full.

                                            Wallow in the feeling that you do not have to be accountable for anything you do. Pursue your interests and hobbies. Take up new ones. Learn new skills. Lie on the couch. Leave the kitchen in a mess. The list can go on and on, but finding the right balance is crucial.

                                            There will be times when being on your own is perfect, but then there will be a creeping feeling that you should not be so isolated.

                                            When you start to enjoy being alone, these 10 amazing things will happen.

                                            Once you start feeling loneliness, then it is time to take action.

                                            2. Facebook is not the answer

                                            Have you noticed how people seek virtual contacts instead of a live, face-to-face interaction? It is true that social networking can provide an initial contact, but the chances of that becoming a real life personal contact is pretty slim.

                                            Being wrapped up in a cloud of sharing, liking and commenting (and insulting!) can only increase loneliness.

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                                            When you really want company, no one on Facebook will phone you to invite you out.

                                            3. Stop tolerating unhappy relationships

                                            It is a cruel fact of life that people are so scared of loneliness that they often opt into a relationship with the wrong person.

                                            There is enormous pressure from peers, family and society in general to get married or to be in a stable, long-term relationship. When this happens, people start making wrong decisions, such as:

                                            • hanging out with toxic company such as dishonest or untrustworthy people;
                                            • getting involved with unsuitable partners because of the fear of being alone or lonesome;
                                            • accepting inappropriate behavior just because of loneliness;
                                            • seeking a temporary remedy instead of making a long-term decision.

                                            The main problem is that you need to pause, reflect and get advice. Recognize that your fear of being alone is taking over. A rash decision now could lead to endless unhappiness.

                                            4. Go out and meet people

                                            It was the poet John Donne (1572 – 1631) who wrote:

                                            ‘No man is an island, entire of itself, every man is a piece of the continent’.

                                            Human contact is essential to surviving in this world. Instead of wallowing in boredom and sadness, you need to get out as much as possible and seek contacts.

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                                            Being a member of a group, however tenuous, is a great way. So when you are in the gym, at church or simply at a club meeting, exploit these contacts to enlarge your social circle.

                                            There is no point in staying at home all the time. You will not meet any new people there!

                                            Social contacts are rather like delicate plants. You have to look after them. That means telephoning, using Skype and being there when needed.

                                            Take a look at this guide on How to Meet New People and Make Friends with The Best.

                                            5. Reach out to help someone in need

                                            A burden shared is a burden halved.

                                            Dag Hammarskjold was keenly aware of this fact when he said:

                                            ‘What makes loneliness an anguish is not that I have no one to share my burden but this: I have only my own burden to bear’.

                                            Simply put, it is a two-way street. Helping others actually helps yourself, here’s why.

                                            Reach out to help and people will be there when you need them.

                                            6. Be grateful and count your blessings

                                            Study after study shows that if people show gratitude, they will reap a bountiful harvest. These include a stronger immune system, better health, more positive energy and most important of all, feeling less lonely and isolated.

                                            If you do not believe me, watch the video below, ‘What good is gratitude?’  Now here is the path to hope and happiness:

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