Healthy Noodles

Healthy Noodles

spiralized-zucchini-noodlesVegetable noodles are one of the newest healthy food trends, and are a great alternative to pasta or other noodles.  Vegetable noodles are spiralized vegetables that can be used as “noodles.” They are a great option for anyone who is looking to increase their vegetable intake and reduce their consumption of carbohydrates. They are also a great for those who eat gluten-free, children who don’t like to eat vegetables or those who are sick of salads .

In order to make vegetable noodles, you will need a special “spiralizer” tool, which is available in both countertop and handheld models. Many stores now offer vegetable noodles if you don’t have a spiralizer or don’t want to take the time to make them. While you can store vegetable noodles in the refrigerator, it is best to use them immediately after spiralizing.

While you can use almost any vegetable, the most common vegetables used are zucchini, parsnip, sweet potato, turnip, carrots, squash and broccoli stems.

Vegetable noodles can be used in so many different ways!

  • Use in place of pasta in your favorite Italian dish.
  • Make your own baked curly fries with sweet potatoes.
  • Use to make pasta salad.
  • Use for soups that traditionally call for noodles.
  • Use in place of noodles for Asian stir-fried noodles.
  • Use root vegetable noodles as a hearty side dish.

Health Comparison

Pasta 1 cup cooked = 221 calories  and 43 grams of carbohydrates

Zucchini 1 cup = 25 calories and 4.6 grams of carbohydrates plus vitamins, nutrients and antioxidants not found in processed pasta.

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