Everyone loves pasta noodles. Pasta noodles have been a staple in our American and European diets for forever and do you know why? Because they’re absolutely yummy!!
But have you even tried Zoodles?? You know what I’m talking about, noodles made from zucchini. You’re seeing them in every health magazine, Instagram post and Facebook recipe. And I know what you’re thinking…seriously?? Noodles made from zucchini? They’ll never hold up under sauce and my _______ input any significant other here, will NEVER eat them! I’m here to tell you I bet they will AND, they’ll really enjoy them!
Let’s look at some facts from Dr Axe:
- Very Low in Calories
What draws most people to zoodles is that they’re very low in calories, especially compared to noodles made wheat flour, rice or other grains. In fact, you can eat approximately five cups or more of zoodles for the same number of calories that you’d get from just one cup of regular wheat-based noodles!
- Low in Carbs – YAY!
All types of summer squash, including green zucchini and yellow squash, are lower in calories and much lower in natural sugars and starch than grains or even some other root vegetables so they have lower scores on the glycemic index. This is ideal for people who need help normalizing their blood sugar levels, especially those who are diabetic or pre-diabetic.
Zucchini is also a favorite among those following a low-carb diet, even very low-carb diets, such as the ketogenic diet. In fact, because it can be hard to get enough electrolytes, antioxidants and fiber when low-carb dieting, consuming non-starchy veggies (like zucchini, broccoli or leafy greens, for example) is essential in order to feel your best and prevent side effects.
- Count the Calories
I’m not a big fan of counting calories but consider this
1 Cup of Zoodles 30-40 calories.
1 Cup of Pasta Noodles 210 calories.
And seriously, who can eat just one cup?
- Vitamins and Minerals
Zoodles have vitamins A, C and B, Potassium, and Fiber.
Pasta Noodles have some protein but not much else.
- Gluten Free?
Zoodles – YES Sir!
Pasta Noodles – nope, they’re loaded with gluten.
One heaping cup of zucchini noodles (the amount you’d make with about one medium zucchini, served raw) has:
- only 30–40 calories
- 7 grams carbs (or just 5 grams net carbs, when taking into account fiber)
- 2 grams protein
- 2 grams fiber
- 3 milligrams vitamin C (56 percent DV)
- 4 milligrams vitamin B6 (21 percent DV)
- 3 milligrams manganese (17 percent DV)
- 3 milligrams riboflavin (16 percent DV)
- 514 milligrams potassium (15 percent DV)
- 57 milligrams folate (14 percent DV)
- 4 milligrams vitamin K (11 percent DV)
- 392 IU vitamin A (7 percent DV)
How to make Zoodles? It’s fairly simple. You can buy a Spiralizer online or at any kitchen store but I use something I already had in my kitchen. It’s a Pampered Chef Julienne Peeler for $11.50.
You can eat them raw which is my favorite way to eat them with cold toppings or if you’re going to use a warm sauce, put them into a skillet with a tablespoon of olive oil over medium heat. When they start to get hot, they release water and will cook quickly so only cook them for 2-4 minutes at the most. Cooking them any longer than that and they’ll get soggy…and nobody likes a soggy zoodle.
So, what’s your favorite Zoodle recipe?