New Nutrition Trend: Spiralizing

Tuesday, February 9, 2016

Move over kale and quinoa, there’s a new nutrition trend: spiralized veggie noodles – also known as “voodles” according to the show “The Kitchen” on Food Network. These noodles can take the place of pasta in your favorite dish and make the meal so much healthier. Not only are the noodles super healthy, but they also pick up the great flavor of whatever sauce is used.

Spiralized noodles have been around for a while, but are quickly becoming a new trend. A few years ago my husband and I actually bought my mom a spiralizer for Christmas. Since I’d been hearing more and more about this interesting idea, I knew my husband and I had to try it for ourselves. Since we were just starting out, I didn’t want to go buy a special piece of equipment that would take up more room in my tiny kitchen if it wasn’t for us. Oh, was I pleasantly surprised! We started off with a couple of zucchini and squas. I used our julienne blade on our mandolin and made “voodles” out of the zucchini first. My husband made a delicious mushroom sauce to use over the zucchini and it ended up so delectable that we had to use the rest of the sauce the next night on the squash. The veggie noodles have another great perk: they are super easy and fast to cook. We sautéed them for a few minutes and voila! – we had a healthy and tasty meal! The second meal prep was so fast because we just had to make some more noodles. My husband isn’t much of a pasta fan, unlike myself, so this is a great way for us both to get a satisfying yet light meal.

One cup of spaghetti has 220 calories, 43 carbs, and 1.5 grams of fat compared to one cup of zucchini which has only 20 calories, 4 carbs, and 0 fat! So, you can still eat your “pasta” and not feel guilty about what you are eating! We even added butter and a little bacon fat to boost the flavor and the calories were still way below that of a regular serving of pasta.

If you’re looking to try out spiralizing, there are a few gadgets that are on the market: Kitchen Aid and many other companies make actual spiralizing attachments and machines, there’s a tool that looks like a pencil sharpener that works the same way, a peeler which juilienne’s the veggie, or what we used, our attachment on our mandolin. We liked it so much, we ordered a spiralizer to make our job easier! I’m excited to see how this new crank-style gadget will work compared to the other. These “voodles” will be on our menu on a weekly basis. We get the comfort of a pasta-like meal, but with the added health benefits and none of the guilt! Win!

Cassie Kupsky  Integrative Nutrition Health Coach, Personal Trainer
Greater Green Bay YMCA