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Cut Back on Carbs with These Noodle Substitutes

Physical activity and nutrition are an important part of maintaining a healthy lifestyle. At McDermott 55, the best senior living apartments in Plano, we do our best to provide our residents with resourceful tips, exercise routines, and even recipes to help you reach your fitness goals. 

Everyone loves a generous helping of pasta, but not everyone’s body can handle the high carbohydrate content that come along with these types of dishes. For those focusing on reaching on their fitness goals, there is a great substitute: vegetable-based “noodles,” which are chopped and prepared to emulate the real deal. If you’re unsure on how to properly prepare veggie noodles, here are a few ideas to get started, courtesy of the premier Plano luxury apartments for rent.

Zucchini and cucumbers are great choices for first timers. These veggies can be spiralized and then cooked similar to angel hair pasta. Cook until barely tender, 1 to 2 minutes, then drain. 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.

Other starchy vegetables like butternut squash and sweet potatoes also make great subs for spaghetti. Spiralize them and cook them until tender. Try them another way by pulsing them into a mash similar to grits. Simmer with a cheesy sauce, toss with sautéed vegetables or top with cooked shrimp.

Finally, eggplant makes a great substitute for lasagna noodles. Slice them lengthwise so each slice resembles a thin plank. Pan sear until softened if enjoying immediately. If placing into a casserole or baked dish, like lasagna, salt the slices to eliminate excess moisture, let dry and layer them in as usual.

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