Love Pasta? Try These Super Healthy Noodle Alternatives

Pasta is delicious, but it doesn’t always have to mean those dense, high-carb noodles made with white flour. Believe it or not, there are a few lighter, more fiber-rich options that taste just as good. Comfort food plus an extra serving of veggies — what’s not to love?

Spiralized vegetables. If you have a spiralizer, practically any vegetable can become a noodle substitute. From cucumbers and zucchini to sweet potatoes and carrots, a spiralizer can create raw or quick-cooking vegetable noodles that will make getting more veggies in your diet an absolute cinch. Check out Inspiralized for all the information you need to get started spiraling your favorite veggies. Not into spiralizing at home? Check out Hungry Root, a cool company that ships veggie-based noodle meals straight to your door. They make smartly packaged, low-calorie, veggie noodle meals for those who don’t always have the time to cook healthy meals for themselves at home.

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Kelp noodles. Yes, that’s right. Light, delicate noodles made of kelp. High in iodine, kelp noodles are a great pasta alternative. The only caveat is that they are not as high in fiber, so make sure to eat plenty of veggies alongside. When choosing kelp noodles, be aware that there are 2 types: green and clear. The clear noodles are by far the more popular option. Simply rinse them and plop them on a plate for a delicious, raw noodle dish.

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Spaghetti squash. Mother Nature has pasta ready made for you! Simply cut a spaghetti squash in half and place cut-side down on a greased cookie sheet. Bake at 400 degrees Fahrenheit for around 40 minutes, or until tender. When cool enough to handle, scrap out the noodle-like strands with a fork. Top with tomato sauce, pesto, or some simple garlic, olive oil, and parmesan. It’s not exactly like homemade wheat pasta, but it is still mighty tasty. Try it next time in your favorite pasta recipe.

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If pasta is your favorite comfort food, try the above substitutions to diversify your plate! They are full of filling fiber and nutrients, low in blood sugar-spiking carbs, and taste fresh and delicious. What’s your favorite noodle replacement?

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