Dreamfields Pasta Helps You Enjoy A “Healthy Carb Living” Lifestyle

What Does “Healthy Carb Living” mean to Dreamfields?

At Dreamfields, we consider our pasta to fit deliciously into what we call "Healthy Carb Living." Helping you make informed food choices with pasta on the menu is at the center of everything we do. From the food, nutrition and health information provided by our advisory board of registered dietitians to the delicious pasta recipes and cooking ideas that our chefs, blogger partners and staff create.

Healthy Carb Living is all about making smart food choices that put
good nutrition and physical activity in your lifestyle.

Dreamfields helps you enjoy pasta -- in the most nourishing, flavorful way. Healthy Carb Living helps you pair Dreamfields delicious pasta with a wide range of nutrient-dense foods, including vegetables and fruits, beans and peas, and whole grains … as well lean meats, poultry and fish, and low-fat or fat-free milk products.

A pasta for any healthy eating pattern

Wondering about carbs? You can fit pasta into your meals -– and your healthy eating pattern! Dreamfields pasta is among the healthier choices in a healthy eating pattern. It is a delicious and nutritious pasta for health-conscious people of all ages who want to incorporate healthy carbohydrate foods into a balanced eating plan.

Dreamfields pasta is made from the finest North American-grown durum wheat semolina. With its added fiber and protein, it provides unique health benefits plus all the delicious taste and al dente texture of traditional pasta. Dreamfields 7 popular shapes are the perfect fit for most pasta recipes that your entire family will love.

Follow a healthy eating pattern with a variety of foods from each food group every day

What is healthy eating? In a nutshell, it’s the result of two key goals: to maintain calorie (energy) balance over time to achieve and sustain a healthy weight, and to focus on consuming nutrient-dense foods and beverages. The USDA Food Patterns and DASH Eating Plan show how. These eating patterns are flexible and designed to help you know the right amount and the right food variety for you. Follow them, and you’ll stay within your calorie limits, meet your nutrient needs, and reduce your chronic disease risk. Says the Dietary Guidelines for Americans:

  • Select an eating pattern that focuses on nutrient-dense foods that meet your specific needs at an appropriate calorie level. Grains, vegetables, fruits, low-fat and fat-free milk products, lean protein foods (meat, chicken, fish, eggs and beans), and heart-healthy fats are all part of a healthy eating plan.
  • Account for all foods and beverages consumed and assess how they fit within a total healthy eating pattern.
  • Follow food safety recommendations when preparing and eating foods to reduce the risk of food borne illnesses. Some are to simply wash your hands, cook foods to a safe temperature, avoid cross contamination, and refrigerate perishable foods promptly.

Get started with your own healthy eating strategy with these tips.

Key definitions you should know

Several terms are essential to understanding the principles of and recommendations for a healthy eating plan…

Calorie (Energy) Balance.

The balance between calories consumed in foods and beverages, and the calories expended through physical activity and metabolic processes.

Nutrient Dense.

Nutrient-dense foods and beverages provide vitamins, minerals and other substances that may have positive health effects with relatively few calories. The term “nutrient dense” indicates that the nutrients and other beneficial substances in a food have not been “diluted” by the addition of calories from added solid fats, added sugars or added refined starches, or by the solid fats naturally present in the food.

Nutrient-dense foods and beverages are lean or low in solid fats, and minimize or exclude added solid fats, sugars, starches and sodium. Ideally, they also are in forms that retain naturally occurring components, such as dietary fiber. All vegetables, fruits, whole grains, seafood, eggs, beans and peas, unsalted nuts and seeds, fat-free and low-fat milk and milk products, and lean meats and poultry — when prepared without adding solid fats or sugars — are nutrient-dense foods.

Additional Resources

www.ChooseMyPlate.gov – Guidance on healthy eating patterns to match your personal needs and food preferences.

DASH Eating Plan and USDA Food Patterns – Flexible eating patterns designed to help you know the right amount and the right food variety for you. Follow them, and you’ll stay within your calorie limits, meet your nutrient needs, and reduce your chronic disease risk.

Source: 2010 Dietary Guidelines for Americans, U.S. Department of Agriculture and U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. For more information, visit www.dietaryguidelines.gov