11 Healthier Pasta Salad Recipes to Bring to a BBQ

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Like so many other summertime food favorites, pasta salad isn’t always super healthy. Often, it’s so heavily doused in thick, overwhelming ingredients like mayonnaise that just one serving can leave you feeling kind of bogged down. Not to mention, a lot of the pasta salads you see at barbecues and cookouts are made with white flour pasta, which, unlike whole grain pasta, is usually pretty low in important nutrients like fiber and protein.

That’s not to say you shouldn’t be eating pasta salad during the summer. When you want some noodles but it’s 100 degrees outside, cold pasta salad is a great to satisfy the craving without overheating. Plus, no summer party is complete without at least one bowl of the stuff.

If you want a classic pasta salad with mayo and white pasta, go ahead and enjoy it—we’re not saying you should deprive yourself of the things you love, and you know your body and your goals best. But if you’re looking to make a healthier pasta salad, whip up one of these 11 options. They use ingredients like tahini and Greek yogurt to maintain the creaminess you expect from pasta salad, without overdoing it. And they forgo white pasta in favor of nutritious alternatives like spiralized vegetables, whole grain noodles, and more.

Zucchini noodle salad topped with strawberries and walnuts.

Smoked Salmon and Strawberry Zucchini Noodle Pasta Salad from Cotter Crunch

Take your zucchini noodle obsession to new heights with this out-of-this-world pasta salad. With strawberries, walnuts, and smoked salmon, it’s truly unlike any you’ve had before.

Curly pasta with avocado, cherry tomatoes, and more.

Southwest Pasta Salad from Ambitious Kitchen

Chipotle mayo ain’t got nothin’ on the spicy Greek yogurt-chipotle dressing in this salad.

Black bean pasta salad with vegetables.

Black Bean-Quinoa Pasta Salad from Eating Bird Food

If you can’t find the exact type of pasta Brittany recommends, any bean-based higher-protein alternative will work. (Lentil pasta, for example, is a great option.)

Pasta coated with penne and tossed with roasted tomatoes.

30-Minute Penne Pasta Salad from Minimalist Baker

Roasted cherry tomatoes and a vibrant pesto take this basic whole grain penne to another level.

Asian pasta salad with veggies.

Asian Noodle Salad from Well Plated

Well Plated uses whole grain spaghetti in this Asian pasta salad, but you can also get away with using soba or rice noodles.

Pasta salad in a bowl with arugula.

Creamy Goat Cheese and Arugula Pasta Salad from How Sweet Eats

Sweet, tangy goat cheese and fiery arugula play off of each other perfectly in this addictive salad.

Pasta salad with small noodles.

Summer Vegetable Pepe Pasta Salad from Foxes Love Lemons

Foxes Love Lemons uses acini de pepe pasta made with white flour here. Since there are so many other good ingredients, like veggies and Greek yogurt, we think this still counts as a healthier option. If you want, you can replace the acini de pepe with some kind of whole grain pasta, or sub in quinoa or farro.

Whole grain penne with feta, tomatoes.

Whole Wheat Greek Pasta Salad from Foodie Crush

Greek salad is so much better with pasta in it.

Noodles with kohlrabi and scallions.

Soba Noodle Salad With Cabbage and Kohlrabi from Naturally Ella

It doesn’t get more refreshing than this bright, colorful soba salad.

Pasta salad in a bowl with broccoli, green beans, more.Broccoli Tahini Pasta Salad from Love and Lemons

Our favorite part of this (very green) pasta salad? That silky tahini dressing!

Orzo salad with cucumbers and chickpeas.

Orzo Salad With Chickpeas, Cucumbers, Lemon, and Dill from Two Peas and Their Pod

Chickpeas add a nice heartiness to this orzo number. Dill and cucumber keep it fresh and light.

7 Powerful Home Remedies for Sinus That Bring Relief Naturally

Sinuses are air filled cavities located on either side of the nose. Due to allergies, cold, or bacterial infections, these may sometimes get clogged or infected. This can create various complications like headache, snoring or difficulty in breathing. In serious cases, a sinus infection may even lead to brain fever or meningitis. There are four types of sinus problems which are common. Acute sinus usually lasts for 4 weeks or less. Sub acute lasts for 4 to 8 weeks, chronic sinus lasts 8 weeks or longer while a recurrent inflammation symptom is followed with several attacks within a year. The good news is that there are certain home remedies for sinus that can provide instant relief. Read on to know more.

Certain foods that can trigger sinus symptoms should be avoided, like fried and starchy foods, rice, meat and strong spices. Regular intake of foods rich in Vitamin A can help you build a strong defense against the sinus infection. Dr. Ashutosh Gautam, Clinical Operations and Coordination Manager, Baidyanath, suggests the some dietary precautions that you must take. “Dairy products

 7 Powerful Home Remedies for Sinus That Bring Relief Naturally

, especially cheese, yogurt and ice cream should be avoided. Also, stay away from chocolate, sugar and yeast containing foods as they trigger excess mucus production in the sinuses. Cold drinks are a big no-no. The intake of cold liquids will stall cilia movement within the nose, making it difficult for nasal mucus to flow through the nasal passages,” he says.

Along with these, here are seven effective home remedies for sinus that can help you tackle the problem naturally.

1.Stay Hydrated

Drinking water, tea or juices without sugar are good ways to keep your system hydrated. These fluids help in thinning out the mucus and bring relief to the irritated sinuses. One should avoid alcohol, caffeine and smoking, which lead to dehydration.

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2. Pungent Spices

Spices such as cayenne pepper

with anti-inflammatory and antibacterial properties, help in breaking up and draining out congested mucus. Similarly, horseradish can be mixed with apple cider vinegar andlemon juice to create a mucus dissolving elixir. As an alternative, 1/4 teaspoon of the freshly grated horseradish root can be held in the mouth for a few minutes, once the taste has evaporated, it can be swallowed.



This one works like magic and doctors prescribe it too. Add 3 drops of pine or rosemary oil with 3 drops of peppermint, and 2 drops of eucalyptus oil to a steaming hot bowl of water or add 3 drops of rosemary with 1 drop of thyme and peppermint oil. With your face down over the water, drape a towel over the back of your head and inhale the steam, this will help in clearing a blocked nasal passage.


4. Turmeric (haldi) and Ginger Root

Turmeric root is a wonderful, fragrant spice commonly found in Indian. Not only does turmeric contain natural anti-inflammatory properties, it is also rich in antioxidants.  When combined with spicy ginger root and brewed in hot tea, this combination can help loosen mucus from clogged nasal passages, relax sinus pressure, and make you feel instantly better. In his book, ‘The Complete Book of Ayurvedic Home Remedies’, Vasant Lad suggests that a mixture of fresh ginger juice with 1 tsp honey taken 2 to 3 times a day can be helpful.


5. Apple Cider Vinegar

Apple cider vinegar is a wonderful natural ingredient with many health benefits. A cup of hot water or tea, taken three times daily with two or three tablespoons of raw, unfiltered apple cider vinegar

will help thin out excessive mucus relieving congestion and sinus pressure.  Mix with lemon and honey to taste. You can also simply take 1 teaspoon of apple cider vinegar 3 times a day for better results.

apple cider vinegar

6. Soup

A number of studies support the benefits of having soup in helping ease congestion. From chicken soup to vegetable soup with fresh herbs, you can choose from a range of recipes and pick your favourite. It is the steam combined with a bunch of healthy ingredients which help clear the sinuses.


7. Nasal irrigation

Nasal irrigation is very effective for relieving nasal congestion and irritation. Also known as saline irrigation, it simply means gently flushing out your nasal passages with a saline solution. According to author and Ayurvedic expert, Vasant Lad, you can dissolve ½ teaspoon salt into ½ cup lukewarm water. Pour the mixture in a squeeze bottle; instill 5 drops of the solution into one nostril while tilting your head so it flows out of the other nostril. Do this with each nostril. This will soothe your sinuses and also flush away bacteria and irritants.

nasal irrigation

Regular Exercise Can Bring Down Postpartum Depression in New Mothers:Study

Postpartum depression is a phenomenon that can occur in some mothers right after childbirth. It can hamper the joy of conceiving the child by making you feel dejected, hopeless, and worthless. One may even have trouble caring for and bonding with their baby in severe cases. However, a latest study suggest that working out or being involved in mild physical activity during and after pregnancy can positively influence psychological well-being, and bring down postpartum depression to a great extent. The study shows that even a low-intensity exercise, such as walking with a baby stroller can have a positive impact on the minds and overall psychological development of the new mother.

Regular Exercise Can Bring Down Postpartum Depression in New Mothers:Study

“The negative consequences of postpartum depression not only affect the mother but the child as well who can suffer poor emotional and cognitive development,”said the study co-author Celia Alvarez-Bueno of the University of Castilla-La Mancha in Cuenca, Spain.


For the study, the team of researchers analyzed data among expectant mothers over a duration of time and examined the severity of postpartum depression as well as including some basic information about the length, frequency, type and intensity of the exercise included.


The excerices used for the studies varied from stretching and breathing, walking programs, aerobic activity, Pilates and yoga.The findings revealed that women who didn’t exercise, or weren’t involved in even low intensity physical activity were at a greater risk of slipping into depression.


According to The American College of Obstetrics and Gynecology recommendation given out in the year 2009. It was advised that pregnant and postpartum women must engage themselves in 30 minutes of moderate physical activity most days of the week.

Cheating in exams: UP to bring in anti-copying bill in upcoming assembly session

Lucknow: An anti-copying bill to stop rampant cheating in examinations in Uttar Pradesh and a skill development university for improved employability bill are part of the UP government’s plans to improve the education system in the state.

A significant 60,61,034 candidates registered for the high school and intermediate examinations in the state this year. They included 34,04,715 examinees for Class 10 and 26,56,319 for Class 12 . However, due to strict vigilance following reported cases of cheating in previous years, an unexpected 5,94,503 candidates left the examination hall midway through the exams as they failed to succeed in using unfair means, while 1,862 examinees were caught copying.

Briefing the media after a conference of vice-chancellors from state universities on Thursday at Lucknow, deputy chief minister Dinesh Sharma said the government will bring in an anti copying bill in the coming assembly session.

“We are committed to stop all types of irregularities in the examination and thus CCTVs and elaborate security arrangements would be made for cheating-free exams in universities and colleges,” he added.

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UP will also get its first skill development university for improved employability of students.

A committee formed under Prof Vinay Pathak, vice-chancellor, Dr APJ Abdul Kalam Technical University, will submit a detailed proposal to the state government, the VCs decided on Thursday.

The AKTU VC with the help of secretary (technical education) Bhuvanesh Kumar and VC of Pandit Deen Dayal Upadhyay Pashu Chikitsa Vigyan Vishwavidyalaya Evam Go Anusandhan Sansthan, Mathura, KML Pathak, will chalk out a plan for establishing the skill development university, minister Sharma said.

To mark the centenary birth anniversary of Pt Deendayal Upadhyay, one of the founders of the Bharatiya Jan Sangh, universities will hold an inter-UP university sports meet to enable youngsters to learn more about team spirit.

A decision was also taken during the conference to start the next academic session from July 10 instead of the usual July 16 and declare all exam results by June 15.

The VCs also proposed a common minimum curriculum for state universities while Aadhaar will be made compulsory for admission. Virtual classroom, smart classes and e-learning will also be adopted.

Answer sheets of all exams and research work will be uploaded online while all faculty in universities and colleges will have computer labs and e-libraries.

The conference decided that all the universities should advertise the vacancies of teachers by August 15.