6 Optavia Approved Pasta Sauces

Are you looking for interesting spaghetti sauces that fit the Optavia plan? If so, this blog post is here to help.

With Optavia, you can have a variety of pasta sauces to spice up your meals without breaking your diet.

We meticulously chose the options with both high nutrition and great taste in mind, so you can enjoy the best of both worlds.

All of the sauce offerings are low-calorie and gluten-free so you know that you are getting a healthy product.

Additionally, we included serving sizes that have been approved by Optavia to provide you with complete assurance regarding your meals.

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1. Cucina Antica Tomato Basil Sauce

One of the key features of Cucina Antica’s Tomato Basil sauce is its ingredients.

Just like in authentic Italian cuisine, this pasta sauce is made with only natural elements, such as crushed tomatoes, fresh basil, onions, and extra-virgin olive oil.

All of this provides a fresh flavor that sets it apart from other traditional tomato sauces.

Unlike traditional tomato basil sauces, the Cucina Antica is made without garlic, making it a versatile option for those who are not fans of garlic.

This sauce is gluten-free and dairy-free.

Plus it has low sodium and contains no added sugar or artificial preservatives, such as nitrates, sulfites, or benzoates.

We use it for a variety of Optavia lean and green meals, including sautéed vegetables, chicken, veal, and eggplant parmigiana.

It also makes a great base for lasagna.

I tried other sauces from Cucina Antica, like marinara with garlic (but the price is higher).

In the Optavia 5&1 plan diet, you can use Cucina Antica’s Tomato Basil sauce 1/4 cup as one green or two tablespoons as a condiment.

The price per 25 oz (1 pack) in Walmart is $6.82 per. You can buy 3 or 6 jars per pack and always have at hand to prepare your favorite lean & green recipes.

I’m a big fan of this Spaghetti sauce, so I often buy the 6-pack for $60.33, or the 12-pack for $119.90 at my local Walmart in Coral Gabels.

I find it more affordable to get a 6-pack at once rather than buy each jar individually.

Nutrition facts

  • Serving size: 1/2 cup (113 g)
  • Calories: 35
  • Total Fat: 1.5 g
  • Cholesterol: 0 mg
  • Carb: 6 g
  • Sugars: 1 g
  • Protein: 1 g

2. Great Value Parmesan Romano Pasta Souce

Another Optavia approved pasta sauce is of course Parmesan Romano Sauce from Great Value.

Unlike tomato sauces, this flavored pasta has been coated with a blend of Parmesan and Romano cheese.

Although it has more caloires than Cucina Antica, the addition of cheese gives a distinct, sharp, and nutty flavor.

(We use it for Optavia spaghetti recipes.)

Plus, you won’t find any artificial preservatives, colors, or flavors.

Optavia approved Great Value Organic Parmesan Romano Pasta 1/4 cup as one green or two tablespoons as a condiment.

I usually get 24 oz jars of sauce for under $2.12 at Walmart, and I find that I cannot beat those prices anywhere else.

What’s more, Great Value has a lot of sauces with similar nutritional value (for the same good price).

  • Organic Marinara Pasta Sauce (24 oz) per $2,12, which is tangy, slightly sweet, and yet so irresistibly simple made from flavorful organic tomatoes, onions, parmesan cheese, garlic, and spices.
  • Organic Tomato Basil Pasta Sauce (24 oz) per $2,12, a combination rich blend of juicy, plump tomatoes, onion, garlic, basil, and oregano.
  • Organic Roasted Garlic Pasta Sauce (24 oz) per $2,12, made with traditional Italian seasonings including organic basil and oregano, which fill the air with tantalizing smells.

Nutrition facts

  • Serving size: 1/2 cup (113 g)
  • Calories: 45
  • Total Fat: 1 g
  • Cholesterol: 0 mg
  • Carb: 7 g
  • Sugars: 4 g
  • Protein: 2 g

3. Lucini Spicy Tuscan Tomato Pasta Sauce

For those who crave spicy chili flavor in their Lean and Green meals, I can recommend Lucini Spicy Tuscan Tomato Pasta Sauce.

This sauce boasts a delicate blend of tomato and a selection of flavorful ingredients such as onions, extra virgin olive oil, sea salt, dried garlic, parsley, and chili pepper.

If I want to be super fancy, I like to crush extra garlic, basil, and oregano.

Of course, if you’re not a fan of spicy foods, this brand has more traditional Italian flavors with the same number of nutrients and calories.

  • Roasted Garlic Marinara Pasta Sauce – made of fresh tomatoes, garlic, extra-virgin olive oil, sea salt, parsley, basil, oregano, and pepper.
  • Tuscan Marinara Pasta Sauce – made of fresh tomatoes, carrots, onions, celery, sea salt, and basil.
  • Rustic Tomato Basil Sauce – made of fresh tomatoes, carrots, onions, extra-virgin olive oil, basil, and sea salt.

One exception is Lucini Savory Golden Tomato Pasta Sauce, which contains 60 calories, 2.5 g fat, and 5 g sugar per 1/2 cup (125 g).

This tomato sauce is not only good for pouring over spaghetti, but also for adding to salads, meats, fish dishes, or any recipes that are part of the Optavia program.

Portion sizes when consuming pasta sauce on the Optavia diet are 1/4 cup as one green or 2 Tbsp as a condiment.

I often buy this product through Amazon, Walmart, or World Market.

After comparing prices from all three, I have consistently found the best deal at World Market.

Their pricing is significantly lower than what I see on Amazon ($8.79 for 25.5 oz) or Walmart ($32.93 for a 2-pack of 25.5 oz) – at only $6.99 for 25.5 oz.

The cost savings is the main reason why I prefer to shop at World Market.

Plus, they carry all the flavors I like.

Nutrition facts

  • Serving size: 1/2 cup (125 g)
  • Calories: 35
  • Total Fat: 1.5 g
  • Cholesterol: 0 mg
  • Carb: 5 g
  • Sugars: 3 g
  • Protein: 1 g

NOTE: This brand also makes tomato sauces with the same flavors, but with higher calories, around 80–90 per 1/2 cup.

So you need to look at the package to choose the right one (usually the correct one has a yellow sticker like on the picture and the price is higher).

4. Barilla Marinara Souce

Barilla’s Marinara Sauce is a delicious and nutritious option for those following the Optavia diet.

As a low-calorie sauce, it is made with freshly picked tomatoes, garlic, onions, and extra-virgin olive oil for a flavorful and healthy addition to any pasta dish.

I often blend more herbs and spices, which makes it a great option for those Italian flavor cravings that I have.

The smooth texture and perfect balance of sweet and sour taste make this sauce versatile and easy to use in a variety of dishes.

You can use it as a base or a topping, whether it’s on spaghetti, meatballs, or as an ingredient in lasagna or pizza.

According to Barillas’s website, this product is not only gluten-free, vegan, egg free, and kosher but also made with no added sugar and no preservatives.

For your lean and green meals, use 1/4 cup as one green or 2 Tbsp as a condiment.

Barilla’s Marinara Sauce is priced at $2.77 for 24 oz.

However, you can also purchase other flavors such as Tomato and Basil, Traditional Savory Oregano and Basil, or Roasted Garlic Pasta Sauce for only $2.52 per 24 oz.

All of them have the same nutritional value.

Nutrition facts

  • Serving size: 1/2 cup (125 g)
  • Calories: 50
  • Total Fat: 1 g
  • Cholesterol: 0 mg
  • Carb: 10 g
  • Sugars: 5 g
  • Protein: 2 g

5. Classico Light Creamy Alfredo Pasta Sauce

Another Optavia-friendly pasta sauce I beg you to try is Alfredo sauce, which is like a substitute for tomato sauce.

Unlike other Alfredo sauces that you know, the Classico Light Creamy alfredo pasta sauce has reduced-fat and low calories.

It is made with a blend of skim milk, water, зarmesan cheese, and other ingredients – all designed to deliver a creamy and rich flavor, without worrying about calories.

Optavia 5&1 plan diet approved Classico Creamy Alfredo paste sauce as 1/4 cup as one green or 2 Tbsp as a condiment.

In our home, we use Alfredo pasta sauce for shrimp dishes, as a dip for our homemade Optavia fueling alternatives, and for fueling hacks.

Please remember that typical Alfredo sauce can contain a lot of calories and fat.

With this in mind, below I’ve listed brands that we do not recommend:

  • Bertolli Alfredo Sauce with aged parmesan cheese, fresh cream, and real butter (serving size 1/4 cup contains 110 calories, 11 g fat).
  • Rao`s Homemade Alfredo Sauce is a rich blend of three kinds of cheese, cream, and butter (serving size 1/4 cup contains 100 calories, 9 g fat).
  • Ragu Roasted Garlic Alfredo Sauce made with cream and real cheese (serving size 1/4 cup contains 90 calories, 8 g fat).

Nutrition facts

  • Serving size: 1/4 cup (60 g)
  • Calories: 25
  • Total Fat: 1 g
  • Cholesterol: 5 mg
  • Carb: 3 g
  • Sugars: <1 g
  • Protein: 2 g

6. Hunt’s Pasta Sauce

Hunt’s Pasta Sauce is an essential part of my lean and green meal plan, and it is easy to see why.

This sauce is made from delicious ingredients like diced mushrooms, tomato puree, and a mix of seasonings to create a rich, savory flavor.

One of my favorites is to use Hunt’s with Palmini, one of the low-carb Optavia approved pasta made out of Hearts of Palm, and create a lean and green lasagna.

In the Optavia diet, you can use Hunt’s Mushroom Pasta Sauce as 1/4 cup as green or 2 Tbsp as a condiment.

I purchase 6 packs of 24 oz cans from Walmart (at around $1.18 per pack) because I like to have a few cans on hand at all times.

You can use different Hunt’s pasta sauces, also approved by Optavia:

  • Chunky Vegetable Pasta Sauce (serving size 1/2 cup contains 45 calories, 0 g fat, 9 g carbs).
  • Garlic & Herb Pasta Sauce (serving size 1/2 cup contains 40 calories, 0.5 g fat, 8 g carbs).
  • Zesty & Spicy Pasta Sauce (serving size 1/2 cup contains 40 calories, 0.5 g fat, 8 g carbs).
  • Premium Meat Flavored Pasta Sauce (serving size 1/2 cup contains 50 calories, 0 g fat, 9 g carbs).

Nutrition facts

  • Serving size: 1/2 cup (126 g)
  • Calories: 40
  • Total Fat: 0 g
  • Cholesterol: 0 mg
  • Carb: 8 g
  • Sugars: 5 g
  • Protein: 1 g

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