It seems everywhere you look these days there’s talk of spiralizing. Whether in the form of zoodles, zucchini noodles, or whatever else you want to call it, it’s definitely a new trend that as dietitians, we 100% condone. Not only is it fun but it also promotes healthier eating and, higher fruit and vegetable consumption. We know fruits and vegetables are good for us, but sometimes it’s just hard to find motivation or tasty recipes to frequently get them in your die. With this new catchy trend, called spiralizing, eating your 9 recommended servings of fruits and veggies everyday just became a whole lot easier.
So what exactly is spiralizing?
This quirky name may sound confusing but all it means is turning your produce into pasta. Who doesn’t love pasta?
Whether it’s an apple, zucchini, pear, carrot or eggplant, you can simply use a spiralizing device to create long thin strands of whatever fruit or vegetable you choose. Afterward, you have the option of either eating it raw in a salad or heating it up with some olive oil, fresh garlic, and whatever other seasonings you prefer, to create a healthy, low-calorie meal in minutes.
Where can you find it?
As it turns out, there are tons of spiralizing gadgets available in the market. Depending on how often you will use it, you can find them in different sizes and price ranges. Check Amazon or your local grocery and/or appliance store.
Are there benefits?
Of course! Whenever you have another reason to eat more fresh produce, especially vegetables, it’s beneficial. Not only are vegetables lowest in calories compared to all other food groups but they are also rich in fiber, antioxidants, vitamins, minerals and water.
Spiralizing helps to give you a way to create new, exciting, and appealing meals for you and your family made completely of heart-healthy and waist-slimming veggies. Especially great for picky eaters and pasta-lovers, eating your veggies in noodle form, will help you feel good about your cooking skills.
What foods can you spiralize?
Any fruit or vegetable that is not hollow or has a tough core can be used. For best results, look for produce that has a firm, solid flesh (not too soft or squishy) and at least 1.5” in diameter and 2” long.