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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 March 13, 2019

                                            How to Get out of a Rut: 12 Useful Ways to Get Unstuck

                                            How to Get out of a Rut: 12 Useful Ways to Get Unstuck

                                            Have you gotten into a rut before? Or are you in a rut right now?

                                            You know you’re in a rut when you run out of ideas and inspiration. I personally see a rut as a productivity vacuum. It might very well be a reason why you aren’t getting results. Even as you spend more time on your work, you can’t seem to get anything constructive done. While I’m normally productive, I get into occasional ruts (especially when I’ve been working back-to-back without rest). During those times, I can spend an entire day in front of the computer and get nothing done. It can be quite frustrating.

                                            Over time, I have tried and found several methods that are helpful to pull me out of a rut. If you experience ruts too, whether as a working professional, a writer, a blogger, a student or other work, you will find these useful. Here are 12 of my personal tips to get out of ruts:

                                            1. Work on the small tasks.

                                            When you are in a rut, tackle it by starting small. Clear away your smaller tasks which have been piling up. Reply to your emails, organize your documents, declutter your work space, and reply to private messages.

                                            Whenever I finish doing that, I generate a positive momentum which I bring forward to my work.

                                            2. Take a break from your work desk.

                                            Get yourself away from your desk and go take a walk. Go to the washroom, walk around the office, go out and get a snack.

                                            Your mind is too bogged down and needs some airing. Sometimes I get new ideas right after I walk away from my computer.

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                                            3. Upgrade yourself

                                            Take the down time to upgrade yourself. Go to a seminar. Read up on new materials (#7). Pick up a new language. Or any of the 42 ways here to improve yourself.

                                            The modern computer uses different typefaces because Steve Jobs dropped in on a calligraphy class back in college. How’s that for inspiration?

                                            4. Talk to a friend.

                                            Talk to someone and get your mind off work for a while.

                                            Talk about anything, from casual chatting to a deep conversation about something you really care about. You will be surprised at how the short encounter can be rejuvenating in its own way.

                                            5. Forget about trying to be perfect.

                                            If you are in a rut, the last thing you want to do is step on your own toes with perfectionist tendencies.

                                            Just start small. Do what you can, at your own pace. Let yourself make mistakes.

                                            Soon, a little trickle of inspiration will come. And then it’ll build up with more trickles. Before you know it, you have a whole stream of ideas.

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                                            6. Paint a vision to work towards.

                                            If you are continuously getting in a rut with your work, maybe there’s no vision inspiring you to move forward.

                                            Think about why you are doing this, and what you are doing it for. What is the end vision in mind?

                                            Make it as vivid as possible. Make sure it’s a vision that inspires you and use that to trigger you to action.

                                            7. Read a book (or blog).

                                            The things we read are like food to our brain. If you are out of ideas, it’s time to feed your brain with great materials.

                                            Here’s a list of 40 books you can start off with. Stock your browser with only the feeds of high quality blogs, such as Lifehack.org, DumbLittleMan, Seth Godin’s Blog, Tim Ferris’ Blog, Zen Habits or The Personal Excellence Blog.

                                            Check out the best selling books; those are generally packed with great wisdom.

                                            8. Have a quick nap.

                                            If you are at home, take a quick nap for about 20-30 minutes. This clears up your mind and gives you a quick boost. Nothing quite like starting off on a fresh start after catching up on sleep.

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                                            9. Remember why you are doing this.

                                            Sometimes we lose sight of why we do what we do, and after a while we become jaded. A quick refresher on why you even started on this project will help.

                                            What were you thinking when you thought of doing this? Retrace your thoughts back to that moment. Recall why you are doing this. Then reconnect with your muse.

                                            10. Find some competition.

                                            Nothing quite like healthy competition to spur us forward. If you are out of ideas, then check up on what people are doing in your space.

                                            Colleagues at work, competitors in the industry, competitors’ products and websites, networking conventions.. you get the drill.

                                            11. Go exercise.

                                            Since you are not making headway at work, might as well spend the time shaping yourself up.

                                            Sometimes we work so much that we neglect our health and fitness. Go jog, swim, cycle, whichever exercise you prefer.

                                            As you improve your physical health, your mental health will improve, too. The different facets of ourselves are all interlinked.

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                                            Here’re 15 Tips to Restart the Exercise Habit (and How to Keep It).

                                            12. Take a good break.

                                            Ruts are usually signs that you have been working too long and too hard. It’s time to get a break.

                                            Beyond the quick tips above, arrange for a 1-day or 2-days of break from your work. Don’t check your (work) emails or do anything work-related. Relax and do your favorite activities. You will return to your work recharged and ready to start.

                                            Contrary to popular belief, the world will not end from taking a break from your work. In fact, you will be much more ready to make an impact after proper rest. My best ideas and inspiration always hit me whenever I’m away from my work.

                                            Take a look at this to learn the importance of rest: The Importance of Scheduling Downtime

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