Now that I’m moving back into my training cycle, it’s time to get serious about my nutrition.  Proper nutrition is just as important, if not more, than the actual training I need to do.  Fueling properly improves my chance of enjoying the runs and having the energy to complete the distance.  Without it my body will not perform at the level I need and I know full well that feeling of running with cement shoes on my feet.  I’ve been a rather bad girl this winter as I recovered from my broken toes.  It’s time to clean up my act and get back to fueling my body properly.

Being a self proclaimed veggie hater, I’m always looking for ways to sneak those needed vegetables into my day.  Last year I purchased a spiralizer and began experimenting with all different types of veggie noodles.  I tend to play it safe and use zucchini most often as it’s pretty bland and doesn’t overpower recipes.  I can’t say I won’t ever eat pasta again because my love affair with homemade pasta runs deep.  I can say it’s a great options for many recipes that allows you to have the texture of pasta without the grains.  Most veggie noodles can be eaten raw or lightly cooked making it a great choice for weeknight meals.  What a great way to sneak those vegetables into the day.

Today I read this article, which I found to be excellent. It really sums up the process of making veggie noodles, including benefits and cooking suggestions.

http://blog.paleohacks.com/gluten-free-noodles/

Give it a try!  You never know which veggie noodle you’ll like.  I’ve discovered I do like red beets, something I swore would never touch my lips.

Here’s the link to the spiralizer I originally purchased and the fancy one I just got a super deal one.  The inexpensive one works just fine and I’ve used it for over a year.  I just wanted a better one because it has more options.

 

This one is a thing of beauty and I leave it on my counter as I use it often.  Super heavy and well made.  It is expensive, but a great investment for the foodies in the group.  You’ll use it for so many salads this summer, as well as your veggie noodles.

What are your favorite veggie noodles? Share your recipe and ideas below.

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6 thoughts on “Spiralize for Strength

    1. I haven’t tried prepared ones. I will look for a package next trip to Trader Joes. As long as no additives, I’d try them for even quicker meals, especially when there are no vegetable choices in the house. I have tried cauliflower rice and definitely the riced version from Trader Joes. Not a fan of chopping it up myself.

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      1. Yeah def no additives–at Whole Foods they do quite a few, beets, sweet potato, zucchini–it’s just the veggie spiralized. It’s overpriced, kind of like buying cut up fruit, but to me it’s worth it cause of the time. (Although I have some time off work now I should probably play with my spiralizer!) and yes, def TJ’s cauli-rice is the best–doing it myself means white crumbs all over my kitchen!!

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      2. LOL, cauliflower seems to be my nemesis in the kitchen and I’m a pretty darn good cook. It’s just so massive and messy. I can’t wait to experiment with different veggie noodles.

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