In case you haven’t figured it out, Zoodles are noodles made from zucchini. Fun right?! Maybe you’ve heard of them?
If not, then please let me introduce you to features and benefits of the humble Zoodle.
- Only one ingredient.
- Naturally gluten free.
- Low carb pasta alternative.
- Sneaky vegetable serving.
- Can use a veggie spiraller, mandoline or peeler.
- Raw and quick to make.
- Full of phytonutrients and fibre.
They taste delicious too! The thing I love most about Zoodles is that being gluten free they are a great pasta substitute. I’ve used them in place of pasta with everything from marinara sauce to bolognaise and even with curry!
But one of my favourite ways to eat them is just with a simple dressing. Avocado for creaminess and lime for that zing. The apple cider vinegar is great for digestion and lends a subtle acidic bite. If you like, you could also throw in finely sliced chili or other fresh herbs. It’s an easy dressing to mix up.
- 2 zucchinis
- ¼ avocado
- 1 tbsp apple cider vinegar
- Juice of 1 lime
- 2 tbsp coconut water
- Peel the zucchini (optional, you can totally leave the skin on – they just look less like 'noodles').
- Use a veggie spiraller, mandoline or vegetable peeler to create noodles or ribbons.
- Place the remaining ingredients into a glass jar and shake until well combined (mash the avocado a bit first).
- Mix the dressing through the zoodles just before serving.
Nutrition Benefits of Zoodles
- Good source of potassium, an important intra-cellular electrolyte. Potassium helps bring the reduction in blood pressure and heart rates by countering pressure-effects of sodium.
- Rich in flavonoid poly-phenolic antioxidants such as carotenes, lutein and zea-xanthin. These compounds help scavenge harmful oxygen-derived free radicals and reactive oxygen species (ROS) from the body that play a role in aging and various disease processes.
- High in vitamin A and a moderate source of folate, B-complex vitamins like thiamin, pyridoxine, riboflavin and minerals like iron, manganese, phosphorus, and zinc.
- Contain monounsaturated fat which lessens your LDL cholesterol (the bad one).
- They have both insoluble and soluble fiber; not many foods have both kinds of fiber. The breakdown in an average avocado is approximately 75 percent insoluble fiber to 25 percent soluble fiber.
- Good source of B vitamins along with vitamin K and vitamin E. B vitamins help your body’s metabolism and its maintenance of a healthy skin tone, while vitamin K plays a fundamental role in making sure that your bones grow properly and that your bone density is maintained in later life. Vitamin E is necessary to avoid conditions like retinopathy.
- High in vitamin C which neutralises free radicals in the body and supports the immune system.
- Contains special compounds called flavonoids (Limonoids such as Limonin Glucoside) which have antioxidant, anti carcinogenic, anti biotic and detoxifying properties.
- High in potassium and also great for digestion and alkalising the body. Lime (or lemon) water is perfect first thing in the morning.