Do you love finding foods & recipes that taste great, help you have more energy, and load your hard-working mind & body up with nutrients? Who wouldn’t?!
This week I’m sharing with you 3 AWESOME noodle replacements and quick, easy recipes to try them in.
Why substitute for wheat, rice, or gluten-free pastas at all?
Well, there’s A LOT of good research and books on this topic. The quick and dirty reasons are that grain-based pastas are all high in starch (makes it easy for your hormones to go from fat burning to fat storing and for your energy to spike and then crash). Grain flours also tend to be inflammatory, difficult on digestion (may lead to leaky gut), and displace more nutrient-dense foods in your diet (they pack a big calorie punch, but fall short in delivering the nutrition your body needs).
You may not think you’ve got inflammation, and maybe you don’t, but check out the 6 signs of it:
- Overweight, fatigued, achy, skin issues, autoimmune disease, and allergies or infections.
It’s more common than you might think and your food choices make a huge difference in whether you have it.
So wouldn’t you agree that it’s worth trying some alternatives?
Here they are! Zoodles, Caboodles, and Poodles!
To get the long strands that look like noodles (zoodles and poodles), you’ll need a spiral slicer. This is the one I have (inexpensive and is holding up great over the years). You can also use a veggie peeler (takes longer and different shape, but it works).
Zoodles are made with zucchini and are high in potassium, Vit C, Vit A, folate and provide some great fiber too.
- Zucchini Pesto with Grilled Chicken. Love it!
Caboodles are made with cabbage and are a great source of Vit K, B vitamins, Vit C, potassium, manganese and fiber.
Poodles…don’t freak out! We’re talking about parsnips not pets! Parsnips are high in fiber, B-vitamins, Vit C, calcium, iron and anti-oxidants (protect your cells against damage).
Here’s a bonus noodle replacement and recipe you’re sure to love!
- Hearty Sweet Potato Carbonara. Instant hit! Recipe here.
You’re going to love swapping these veggie noodles out for traditional pasta and your health will thank you! Enjoy!