Spiralized fruits and veggies are a fun way to boost your intake of fiber, vitamins and minerals like potassium. These curlicues of freshness and can be used raw or cooked in your favorite pasta dishes, soups, salads, wraps and even desserts!
Here are a few sweet, spiralizable fruits to try:
Apples: A medium, fist-sized apple supplies 70 calories of energizing carbohydrates and a dose of soluble fiber called pectin that helps lower circulating cholesterol levels by blocking cholesterol absorption into the body. Try spiraled in a spinach salad or with pear “oodles,” a sprinkle of cinnamon and chopped walnuts for a deliciously sweet salad.
Melons: Select one just shy of ripe for spiralizing so the strands stay intact. In a mere 25 calories per cup of “moodles,” this cousin of cucumber supplies a whopping 100% of vitamin A needs as beta carotene and more than 100% of vitamin C needs. Both of these nutrients help ward off various age-related diseases and may also help boost skin health.
Pears: This fruit’s thin skin ranges in color from pale yellow and green to rich brown and red and is loaded with soluble fiber, the type that helps improve heart health.
Plantains: Sauté or parboil strands of this tropical fruit to improve your ability to digest. Plantains are not very sweet (like their banana cousin), but supply fiber and vitamin C.
New to spiralizing? Check out the basics in Dr. Liz’s Health Notes: Spiraling Out of Control! For a veggie spin on the spiral trend, check out a variety of vegetables to try in our Savory Inspiralization Daily Dish blog.