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Say Goodbye to Excess Carbs with These Simple Noodle Substitutes

Carbs are necessary to your daily nutritional intake, but most people tend to overdo them – and with good reason. After all, they are delicious and can be filling in certain instances. While you might consider yourself a lover of potatoes or even pasta, it’s important to not give in to this macronutrient for every single meal. However, you can still enjoy hearty, carb-rich foods – just in a different way. Those pasta lovers, for example, can make vegetable-based noodles. Made with chopped veggies of your choice, this pasta substitute is delectable and hearty. To get started, check out the following tips below.

Spiralized Vegetables

Zucchini, carrots, cucumbers, and turnips are great choices for first-timers. These veggies can be spiralized and then cooked similar to angel hair pasta.  Not only are they low in carbs but they are a great source of vitamins and minerals.

Cook until barely tender, 1 to 2 minutes, then drain, then you are ready for your favorite sauce.

Spaghetti Squash

 Spaghetti squash is another great vegetable noodle option. Once cooked, its flesh is easily separated into strands that look and act almost like spaghetti pasta.  It only contains about 20% of the carbohydrates or regular pasta but is much richer in Vitamins A, C, E, K, and B vitamins.  

Spaghetti squash is easily prepared.  Simply cut the squash in half and microwave on high for 6-8 minutes until tender.  Once tender, use a fork to separate the flesh into spaghetti-like strands and top with your favorite sauce. 

Eggplant

Eggplant is a great noodle substitute option for lasagna.  It is a great source of fiber, vitamins, and minerals and has 3.5 times fewer carbs.

Slice them lengthwise, so each slice resembles a thin plank. Pan sear until softened if enjoying immediately. If placed into a casserole or baking dish, like lasagna, salt the slices to eliminate any excess moisture, let dry, and layer them in as usual.

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