Substitute for Pasta: Healthier With Less Calories

Changing your diet is not easy. Unhealthy food habits don’t happen overnight, and you aren’t likely to break bad habits overnight. One helpful strategy is to make small changes, repeatedly, when and where you can. You can usually substitute foods that are high in calories with low-cal alternatives if you do a little foodie research. One of my favorite substitutions is to take pasta and replace it with healthy, delicious spaghetti squash. GLUTEN FREE

Dr. Terry Simpson About Dr. Terry Simpson
Dr. Terry Simpson received his undergraduate and graduate degrees from the University of Chicago where he spent several years in the Kovler Viral Oncology laboratories doing genetic engineering. He found he liked people more than petri dishes, and went to medical school. Dr. Simpson, a weight loss surgeon is an advocate of culinary medicine. The first surgeon to become certified in Culinary Medicine, he believes teaching people to improve their health through their food and in their kitchen. On the other side of the world, he has been a leading advocate of changing health care to make it more "relationship based," and his efforts awarded his team the Malcolm Baldrige award for healthcare in 2011 for the NUKA system of care in Alaska and in 2013 Dr Simpson won the National Indian Health Board Area Impact Award. A frequent contributor to media outlets discussing health related topics and advances in medicine, he is also a proud dad, husband, author, cook, and surgeon “in that order.” For media inquiries, please visit

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  1. Eristae says:

    I’m excited to try this! You see, I don’t actually like pasta *peers about nervously lest she be attacked by bands of roaming grains* but I like a lot of the things that go ON pasta. This will let me munch on those pasta toppings without eating pasta that I don’t really like and that isn’t particularly good for me.

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