Vegetable Noodles 101: Cutting the Carbs, Not the Taste

Cutting processed carbs can be extremely difficult—especially for those who love noodle-filled dishes. But trying to clean up your diet does not mean you have to cut out the recipes that you love. You simply need to make healthier substitutions!

So for all you pasta lovers out there, we found the perfect alternative, vegetable noodles!

Veggie noodles are fresh, low in natural carbohydrates, gluten-free, and packed with nutrition. Here is everything you need to know about swapping out pasta for vegetables!

What are vegetable noodles?

Vegetable noodles are any vegetable that has been cut to look like a traditional noodle, usually in long strands like spaghetti noodles.

The most common vegetables used for “noodling” are carrots, zucchini, squash, cucumbers, sweet potatoes, eggplant, and beets.

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How to make your own vegetable noodles

There are some pretty awesome gadgets out there that can create the perfect veggie noodle!

Here are some popular choices:

  1. Paderno World Cuisine Tri-Blade Plastic Spiral Vegetable Slicer
  2. Veggetti Spiral Vegetable Slicer
  3. iPerfect Kitchen Envy Spiral Slicer Bundle

When creating your vegetable noodles, make sure to take the following into account: 

  • Use the freshest produce to make your noodles.  Limp or soft veggies do not work well with most of these cutters.
  • Find vegetables with a thick diameter because thinner vegetables are more difficult to cut.
  • Stay away from crook-necked squash and oddly shaped veggies. When it comes to cutting veggie noodles, the straighter the vegetable, the better!

Delicious Vegetable Noodle Recipes to Try!

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1. Carrot Noodles With Ginger-Lime Peanut Sauce and Cilantro
2. Zucchini Noodles With Caper Olive Sauce and Tomatoes
3. Creamy Garlic Zucchini Noodles With Red Pepper Flakes
4. Raw Rainbow Noodles
5. Creamy Zucchini Noodles With Avocado
6. Carrot Noodles With Zesty Garlic Sauce
7. Cucumber Mint Noodles With Ginger Dressing
8. Shaved Asparagus Ribbons With Sesame-Chili and Lime Dressing
9. Eggplant Noodles With Sundried Tomatoes and Chickpeas
10. Chicken Pho Zucchini Noodle Soup
11. Thai Green Curry Sweet Potato Noodle Bowl
12. Pad Thai Salad
13. Spaghetti Squash Mac and Cheese
14. Chilled Sweet and Sour Cucumber Noodles
15. Zucchini Pasta With Farro, Parmesan, and Roasted Broccoli

You can also try adding your own homemade basil pesto to your veggie noodle of choice.

Here is an awesome guide to help cook your veggie noodles!

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Have you tried vegetable noodles? What are some of your favorite recipes? 

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This information is not intended to treat, diagnose, cure, or prevent any disease. All material in this article is provided for educational purposes only. Always seek the advice of your physician or other qualified health care provider with any questions you have regarding a medical condition, and before undertaking any diet, exercise, or other health program.

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4 thoughts on “Vegetable Noodles 101: Cutting the Carbs, Not the Taste”

  1. Carbs are critical for good health. When combined with the correct portions of fats and proteins give you energy and keep you full.
    I suggest to all carb lover out there to take a look at carb cycling, diet method that consists of three/four low carb days followed by one day of high carbs. This teaches your body to burn it's own body fat for fuel instead of relying on dietary carbohydrates (more about carb cycling: http://everydayhealthhero.com/can-carb-cycling-help-you-lose-weight/ ). Since late January I have been using this method and really noticing a difference. The motivation comes naturally, it can be since it employs high carb days, it's psychologically satisfying, curbing cravings and making it easier to adhere to the program.

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