5 Secrets to Healthier Spaghetti and Meatballs (Page 3)


Before Recipe Makeover: Spaghetti and Meatballs

What You’re Eating: The average restaurant serving of spaghetti & meatballs heaped with grated cheese is enough food for two people. While red sauce and meatballs are a much better choice than creamy pasta carbonara or alfredo, too much of a good thing can still be fraught with nutritional pitfalls, most notably excess calories, sodium and saturated fat. Add a slab of garlic bread made with margarine and you’ve loaded up on trans fats as well.

• Iceberg lettuce adds great crunch to salad but few nutrients. Token tomatoes and a smattering of carrots barely help. Coated with 3 tablespoons Italian dressing and dotted with seasoned croutons, a salad like this tops out at about 1,300 mg sodium, 20 grams fat and 265 calories.

• Store-bought garlic bread, typically made with margarine and flavored salt, adds 320 calories, 20 grams fat and 500 mg of sodium to an already burdened meal.

Total Calories:

  • 1,495 calories
  • 12 grams fiber
  • 211 grams cholesterol
  • 70 grams fat
  • 20 grams saturated fat
  • 3,233 milligrams sodium

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