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I love pasta. I could eat it for breakfast, lunch, and dinner. But when I’m trying to watch my carbohydrate intake, Italian dinners are some of the first to go. If you’ve been on Instagram lately, you’ve likely seen fitness influencers post gorgeous pasta pics; they’re downright mouthwatering. While the sauces are scrumptious, I was curious about the actual pasta being used, and it turns out, it’s not traditional noodles at all. Palmini ($7) is a pasta alternative made of hearts of palm, and it gained recognition on Shark Tank. Available on Amazon, there’s only four ingredients in Palmini: water, salt, hearts of palm, and fumaric acid. Plus, it’s only got 20 calories and four grams of carbs per serving; no wonder it’s a bestseller.

There are two ways to cook Palmini; some people like it simply drained in water, while others like to soak it in milk. This is a personal preference, and while I personally prefer it drained, it is up to you to decide what speaks to your taste buds. The best part of this pasta is that it doesn’t taste rubbery, and it’s a perfect vehicle for sauces. Whether you love cacio e pepe, pesto, vodka sauce, or even pad thai, now you can make them all and still live a healthy, low-carb lifestyle. Now the only question is, which one are you whipping up first?

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