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Nutritionist Corner: Spiralizing

Posted May 15th, 2015

The latest trend in cooking with vegetables and fruit is spiralizing. This is a delicious and fun way to serve up a wide variety of foods. Spiralizing is also a good way to incorporate some vegetables that have long been forgotten. I never knew what to do with a parsnip until I got a spiralizer.

What is spiralizing? Originally it was a technique common in the vegan and vegetarian world, because it is the process of turning ordinary vegetables and fruit into a noodle like shape and texture. Spiralizing requires a spiralizer machine. There are several companies that make the device, and the good news about all of them is that they are relativity inexpensive. They range in price from $25 to $55 dollars depending on how many blades come with the unit. The best part about spiralizing is that it fosters an easy way to prepare and cook vegetables so people can more easily reach their needed vitamin and mineral requirements for optimal health.

The best vegetable to try spiralizing first is a zucchini. In my opinion zucchini makes a delicious replacement for a traditional carbohydrate based pasta noodle. Zucchini noodles, commonly refereed to as zoodles, are light in calories but packed with fiber from the skin and vitamin C. Watch for a spiralized zucchini recipe later this week!

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