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Pasta-Less: How to Choose Veggie Noodles


If you are looking for a low carb, gluten-free alternative to pasta, look no further. Veggie noodles have arrived. Whether you call them zoodles, spiralized vegetables, or veggie noodles, this nutritious alternative to pasta is here to stay.

These days, people have become more conscious of their carb consumption, and many people are watching their gluten, whether by choice or necessity. That makes turning everyday veggies into veggie noodles the perfect solution. Choosing veggie noodles is a great way to consume nutritious calories and lower the carb content of your food.

What Does Spiralizing Veggie Mean?

When you spiralize a vegetable, you use a raw vegetable, such as sweet potato, zucchini, or squash, and turn it into pasta-like strands. You can then use these strands instead of traditional, wheat-based pasta. This makes it not only lower in carbs but also gluten-free.

Not only are these veggie noodles gluten-free, but they also add beautiful colors to your dishes. They also give you all the health benefits of added vegetables, such as fiber, antioxidants, vitamins, and minerals, phytonutrients, and more. They are also a great way to make eating vegetables fun for kids.

Best Veggies for Spiralizing

Years ago, my mom used to replace spaghetti noodles with green beans in an attempt to make our family meals healthier. You can imagine how my twelve-year-old self felt about that. There was no disguising the fact that they were green beans.

Today’s spiralized vegetables are a whole nother matter. You can make veggie spirals from so many types of vegetables, including sweet potatoes, zucchini, and carrots.

Although you can turn many types of vegetables into veggie noodles, the best ones to use are those that are firm and long, or that can be cut into long pieces for spiraling. One of the most fun things about veggie noodles is their interesting names.

Check out the best vegetables for turning into veggie noodles, and their fun names, below.

  • Sweet potato noodles – swoodles
  • Zucchini noodles – zoodles
  • Carrot noodles – coodles
  • Squash noodles – squoodles
  • Broccoli stem noodles – boodles
  • Parsnip noodles – poodles
  • Turnip noodles – toodles

Health Benefits of Veggie Noodles

But fun names are not the best reason to choose veggie noodles. There’s nothing bad about a balanced diet that includes some carbohydrates such as pasta, bread, and potatoes. However, it is easy to overdo it on the glycemic load. Instead, try veggie noodles as a nutritious alternative to carb-heavy meals. It’s a great way to change your diet realistically without sacrificing flavor and satiety.

Not only are veggie noodles a great gluten-free way to reduce your carb consumption, but they also provide a more complete set of nutrients, including:

Vitamin A — protects your vision, supports a healthy immune system, plays a role as an anti-inflammatory agent

Vitamin C – good for collagen production, improves skin, supports healthy bones

Vitamin E – protects you from heart disease, supports the immune system, protects eyesight

Potassium – prevents cramps, supports bone health

Dietary fiber – reduces blood cholesterol levels, good for cardiovascular health, aids digestion, gives you a feeling of fullness

Pasta noodles don’t supply any of these nutrients.

How to Make Veggie Noodles

Making veggie noodles involves using a gadget designed to spiralize them. You may have seen any number of versions of this type of gadget from a simple hand-held model to one mounted on the counter.

If you don’t have a spiralizer, here are a few alternate ways to make veggie noodles:

  • Vegetable Peeler – use light pressure along the side of your vegetable for wide, fettuccine-like noodles.
  • Knife – carefully carve down the side of your vegetable. These noodles will be thicker and more rustic.
  • Grater – shred the vegetable lengthwise for short, rice-like noodles.

Bolay Bols Featuring Sweet Potato Veggie Noodles

At Bolay, gluten-free is kind of our thing, and we’re okay with low-carb, too. That’s why we offer Hot Asian Sweet Potato Noodles as one of our bases. Sweet potato noodles tossed with chopped carrots, red cabbage, green onion, and, of course, bold spices make the perfect base for a nutritious, gluten-free, low-carb bol.

Why go to the trouble of making your own veggie noodles when we’re happy to do it for you? Here are a few ways to incorporate Hot Asian Sweet Potato Noodles into your Bolay Bols.

If you like things extra spicy, try Hot Asian Sweet Potato Noodles, Ginger Broccoli, Spicy Thai Shrimp, Freshly Chopped Cilantro, and Spicy Thai Sauce

If you want to cool it down a bit, try Hot Asian Sweet Potato Noodles, Garden Green Beans, Lemon Chicken, Minted Tomatoes, and Carrot Ginger dressing for a little zing.

If you like extra protein, try Hot Asian Sweet Potato Noodles, Brussel Sprouts, Spicy Thai Shrimp, Steak Au Jus, Avocado, and Cilantro Pesto

Hungry yet? Don’t wait, hurry over to the Bolay near you, or order online to get a bol of tasty, zesty Hot Asian Sweet Potato Noodles, and anything else you’d like to add to it. Enjoy!

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