Zucchini Noodles

Zoodles!

 

One of my all time favorite things to eat are noodles! Going 100% gluten free three years ago ,I thought my noodle days were over - until I discovered zucchini noodles! YUMMY!! These noodles are so easy to make and really satisfy my noodle craving...without the carbohydrate hangover. Zucchini’s only have 21 calories per cup vs 180 calories in traditional pasta (on average). By switching up how I cut and cook my veggies - I find that I eat so many more! I typically eat 3 full zucchini’s when making my noodles...so many nutrients without all the guilt. 

Zucchini’s are loaded with Vitamin C, which protects us from free radicals and helps to keep our tissues strong. Manganese, also found in zucchini’s, help protect our tissues from free radicals and helps us produce collagen (amazing!). Lutein and Zeaxanthin, are two phytonutrients in the carotenoid family you may not have realized were so commonly found in zucchini’s, but they help keep our eyes healthy. Zucchini’s are growing in popularity right now for their weight loss benefits too! Enjoy raw zucchini sticks as a snack or add 4-6 oz of protein and make it a meal. 

 

How do you make these zucchini noodles?? Easy! Better yet- they cook in minutes. Start by washing your zucchini, cutting off both ends, and peeling your zucchini (although the skin is loaded with nutrients). Then using your Veggetti slowly start making your noodles! If you do not own a Veggetti, yet you can always julienne your vegetables as well. I like to cook my zucchini noodles in 2 tsp of organic ghee on medium heat until they soften. Eat and enjoy! There are several ways to cook your zucchini noodles, explore with different recipes and see what works best for you. Then branch out and be bold - experiment with different vegetables; surprise your family.

 

Side note - if you are in a hurry you can often find pre-made zucchini noodles at your local organic food store! Healthy fast food!

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Jennifer Khosla

Founder, Lean and Green Body.  Mind Body Wellness Practitioner, Holistic Nutrition Specialist and Experienced Registered Yoga Teacher; Jennifer Khosla received her B.S. in Athletic Training from Springfield College. She later went on to study clinical dietetics, holistic nutrition and modalities to heal the body naturally through nutrition and lifestyle.