Homemade pasta isn't unhealthy, but the store-bought variety is often made with refined grains and preservatives that leave you feeling sluggish and bloated. If you love the convenience of boxed pasta but don't want to sacrifice your health, then try this boxed pasta alternative that's surprisingly healthy—and costs just $3 at Target.
Banza is a boxed pasta brand that's made from chickpeas rather than refined grains, so it's full of essential nutrients that many other boxed pastas lack. The brand has grown a serious following of foodies and nutritionists, including Karena Dawn and Katrina Scott of Tone It Up, who even include the pasta alternative in their nutrition plan.
The noodles come in different varieties, including macaroni and shells, and are packed with protein—one 3.5-ounce serving offers up a massive 25 grams of protein, roughly double that of regular store-bought pasta. It's also gluten-free and low on the glycemic index.
The best part? When PopSugar tested Banza pasta, they confirmed it's delicious. "After boiling a serving for about 10 minutes, we drained in a colander and added a little bit of Kerrygold grass-fed butter and truffle salt—and it was phenomenal," the site's editor wrote. "The cooked texture is that of a perfectly al dente pasta, and the taste is quite similar to actual pasta as well—it's an excellent vehicle for whatever sauce or toppings your heart desires." Here's to having pasta every night of the week.