Are you trying to cut back on carbohydrates or following a keto diet, but you hate to give up some of the foods you love, like pasta? Now there’s an abundance of low carb options that you can buy in a store or create at home. Some of these alternative low carb noodles include zucchini noodles—zoodles—which are spiralized, shirataki noodles that are made from konjac yam from Japan and spaghetti squash noodles, which are from the flesh of the spaghetti squash. Other options include cheesy noodles you can make at home with melted cheddar and egg.
Spaghetti squash is the original, natural no carb substitute.
If you haven’t tried spaghetti squash, do. It’s a treat and tastes delicious. You can fix it several ways, whether baking it whole after puncturing it with a fork, cutting it in half and baking it on a tray or in a microwave or boiling it, it’s delicious and super low in carbohydrates. Spaghetti squash has only about 20% of the carbs as the same serving size of regular pasta, but far more vitamin A, C, E, K and B complex.
Other vegetable pasta substitutes are also nutritious
Whether you opt for spiralizing your own noodles or simply slice eggplant and use it as lasagna, it’s lower in carbs, nutritious and exceptionally good. The most popular vegetables for spiralized noodles are zucchini, turnips and carrots, but beets also make an excellent choice and are considered a superfood. Not only are these lower carb options, they’re also higher in nutrition and fiber than traditional noodles. Sliced eggplant also provides more fiber, vitamins and minerals without the high carb count of the traditional pasta option.
One simple vegetable alternative doesn’t require special equipment to make.
Cabbage is one of the most versatile vegetables to use as an alternative for noodles. If you want to make noodles, chop the cabbage in thin strips and boil. To make lasagna noodles, just use whole cabbage leaves. Cabbage provides vitamin K, vitamin C and has lots of fiber, which can also help you lose weight. It only takes about tow minutes to cook the noodles in boiling water until a fork can easily go through it. For those larger lasagna leaves, boil them for two minutes until they’re soft. They’re easy-peasy to make.
- Cauliflower can be combined with cheese to make noodles or simply use it as couscous. It’s a nutritious alternative to traditional pasta.
- You can buy factory made low carb noodles. Many are made from powdered vegetables and additives. You’re far better off making them from fresh vegetables and saving money in the process.
- Do you love gnocchi, but hate the carbs from the potatoes? It’s time to make a switch and use cooked and mashed cauliflower to create the gnocchi. It has no carbs, but still that delicious flavor.
- Choosing no carb noodle options is also another way to include more vegetables into your diet, while still enjoying all the satisfying foods you love.
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