Top 10 Vegetables To Spiralize
A spirazlier is a device that makes spirals (or noodles) out of produce. I always recommend the spiralizer to my patients for a variety of different reasons – there’s literally no one I wouldn’t recommend it too. It is an especially great tool for individuals who are trying to cut back on carbohydrates, those who are trying to lose weight, those who are trying to eat more vegetables and increase fiber, as well as those who just want to feel better after eating. I love the spiralizer because not only is it a way to get you to eat more vegetables, but I love how it can transform traditionally non-healthy meals into super tasty and healthy meals.
Below are the best 10 vegetables to spiralize:
Zucchini is a good source of antioxidants, as well as a good source of potassium and the B-vitamins. Look for zucchini that is darker in color and small to medium in size because the lighter and larger zucchini generally have less flavor.
Carrots contain a powerful antioxidant, beta-carotene, which helps to neutralize free radicals and prevent cellular damage. Look for bright orange carrots that are firm and smooth in texture.
3. Sweet potato
Sweet potatoes contain beta-carotene, B-vitamins, vitamin C, and are a great source of potassium. Look for small to medium sweet potatoes that are firm and smooth in texture – these tend to be the richest in flavor.
4. Yellow squash
Yellow squash is a good source of vitamin A, vitamin B6, manganese, vitamin C, as well as many others vitamins and minerals. Look for small to medium squash that is firm and smooth in texture.
Parsnips have a slightly sweet taste and are a good source of potassium, vitamin C, and folate. Look for parsnips that are firm and smooth in texture.
Jicama is a good source of pre-biotic fiber, and pre-biotic is important because it is serves as healthy food to grow a healthy gut flora. Jicama is also a good source of vitamins and minerals, including magnesium and B-vitamins.
Beets are rich in nitrates, which when converted in the body will help to dilate blood vessels, leading to better circulation and even possibly lower blood pressure. Beets are a great source of many vitamins and minerals including potassium, vitamin B6, and vitamin C.
Onions are a good source of antioxidants as well as various vitamins and minerals. Look for onions that are firm and smooth, and that have little to no odor – if an onion is soft and gives off a strong smell this is a sign this onion is much past its peak.
9. Butternut squash
Butternut squash is a great sources of nutrients, including potassium and vitamin B6. Look for butternut squash that is firm and deep in color and is free from bruises.
Cucumbers are a good source of vitamins and minerals including the B vitamins. Look for cucumbers that are deep in color and firm and smooth in texture.
About the author: Sarah-Kate Rems is an Ivy-league trained Board-Certified Family Nurse Practitioner licensed in California with an expertise in preventative healthcare. She considers nutrition and exercise to be the basis of well-being and is a strong advocate for daily physical activity and maintaining a healthy diet. Sarah-Kate is also a co-founder of The Mindful Tech Lab
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