Tuesday, February 20, 2018

Banza Pasta Review

There's a new pasta in the isles of Target, and there's quite a buzz about it. It's called Banza and it's made with chickpeas! Because of this, it is higher in protein and lower in carbs! Yay! Since Chris and I are on a major health kick at the moment, pasta is something that has definitely been OUT for us, and of course I miss it! Major carb lover here! So of course this "healthier" pasta had me intrigued. I decided I'd pick some up and try it out for myself, and although my expectations were low, my hopes were high.. and since I'm currently eating the leftovers of it as I type this, I'd say my expectations were fairly well met. 

I picked up the penne and the linguine from Target last weekend. I intended to try both and do a review,  but I've only tried the penne so far. It's healthier, but it's still pasta, and there are still carbs, and I'm trying to limit those. So I decided to just go ahead and review the penne, I assume the linguine results would be about the same anyway! (I'll make sure to update this post if that isn't true!)

This post is not sponsored. All opinions are my own.
So let's review! 
Let's start with how it's cooked. Basically the same as any other pasta, although it called for nine cups of boiling water. I felt like that was a lot, and I didn't want to pull out my giant pot, so I think I used about 6. I boiled (salted) water and then threw in the pasta to cook for about 10 minutes. One thing I noticed while it cooked, was a very thick foam over the top. It didn't really go away when I stirred it, and it was very frothy. Maybe this is why it called for the nine cups of water. Oh well! Once I drained the pasta it was gone, and it didn't seem to affect the final product! I added a marinara sauce with meat and had a bowl for dinner.
The consistency was good, and the flavor was pretty good. Before adding the sauce I could tell a tiny difference in taste from regular pasta. It wasn't bad, but this might not be the best if you were planning on eating it without a sauce of some kind. With the sauce, I didn't think it was really any different at all from any other penne. It totally satisfied my pasta craving, with more protein, and less carbs!
Now I do have to touch on left overs for a second. If you don't do leftovers then just skip this part. If you've been following me for any amount of time you probably have seen that I meal prep. I pretty much cook (almost) all of our meals on Sunday. I personally wouldn't mind prepping this and heating it up, but there are a couple things to note. First, there was a little excess liquid in the bottom of the tupperware when I pulled it out of the fridge. This could have been from the sauce, or from not draining the pasta well enough, but I don't really think it was from either. Nevertheless, it was easy to drain before warming. Next, the penne did fall apart a little. Pieces broke apart making it a little harder to eat with my fork, but it didn't affect the taste, and I would say it was worth it to me to know I was eating something healthier. Note: Chris didn't drain the water before warming, and his leftovers we're soggy and the pasta completely fell apart, making it basically impossible to eat!

Now how much healthier is it exactly? I decided to compare it to a box of penne I happened to have sitting in my pantry. For a 2 oz. serving size

Banza Penne         Barilla Penne
190cal                200cal
3.5g total fat        1g total fat
60mg sodium       0mg sodium
32g carbs             42g carbs
14g protein           7g protein

If you're trying to do a high protein/low carb diet, then Banza is definitely a better alternative, however if you're watching your sodium intake then this might not be a good switch! Either way, this isn't something I would splurge on since there is really not a huge difference between the two, in my opinion! However, when I do have pasta, this will be a brand I will probably use again.

Have you tried Banza!?
What is your favorite "healthier" pasta!?

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