If you have been following me for a while you would know that I have a severe case of hypoglycemia. I cannot eat many of the foods that others eat on a daily basis such as pasta, potatoes, rice, bread, just about all starches that turn into sugar after your stomach has digested them. For someone who grew up Italian this is torture for me. I have had to eliminate almost all of these foods from my diet or anything made with these products completely. I spend hours in the market and specialty food stores reading ingredients and most times walk out empty handed.
I happen to stumble on a product called Banza. It is a pasta made with chickpea flour instead of the traditional semolina flour that other pasta products are made with. Banza has double the protein, four times the fiber, and nearly half the net carbs. It is also gluten free for those of you who have eliminated gluten from your diet. Since Banza does not turn into sugar like traditional pasta after digestion it would be great for someone who is diabetic as well. You can use Banza in place of your regular brand of pasta and your recipe will turn out just as delicious.
Banaz comes in the following varieties: Ziti, Shells, Penne, Elbows, Spaghetti and a variety of Mac and Cheese flavors. You can see them all here on the Banza website!
Needless to say I am doing the “happy dance” because I can finally enjoy a plate of pasta with my family without getting sick. You cannot image what happens to me when I eat regular pasta – migraine headache, jitters, sick to my stomach to the point I have to stay in bed for the entire day after it is ingested. Banaza is the answer to my prayers.
The rep was kind enough to send me six boxes of Banza to try. They are almost gone now as I use one each time I serve my family pasta for dinner. Needless to say I will be stocking up on Banza so that I can enjoy a pasta dinner once again.
Just a tip when preparing Banza, make sure to use plenty of water when cooking this product. It does take longer to cook than regular pasta but just follow the instructions on the box and taste test as you are cooking it.
Give Banza a try I am certain you will love it as much as I do and it is much more nutritious than traditional pasta and has less carbs so you won’t have to feel guilty anymore about eating your pasta.