Wouldn't it be great if you didn't have to swear off pasta forever to stay fit? If you're counting macronutrients in an effort to limit your carb intake, we feel you: Pasta is probably not your friend.

But these pasta alternatives can be. No, you don't have to spend your afternoon spiraling spaghetti squash. We're talking pasta right out of the box made from either vegetables or heartier grains besides semolina, the purified wheat most commonly used in pasta noodles.

By substituting semolina with other ingredients, these pasta brands are not only packed with protein but also low on carbohydrates, so you don't have to tally your day's allotment of carbs in one sitting. Some are even high in dietary fiber, which helps you feel full longer, since the fiber takes longer for the body to digest.

No more will you finish your bowl of pasta only to find yourself fantasizing about potato chips. These carbs aren't empty—they're working overtime because they're made with actual ingredients you can pronounce but still taste great.

So go ahead, have a pasta night. As long as it's with one of these, you'll still be able to see your six-pack in the morning.