Spiralizers are the latest kitchen tool favored by health buffs. What they essentially do is cut vegetables into interesting shapes that are easy to incorporate into delicious, healthy meals. They are especially useful to swap ingredients such as carb-heavy pasta or noodles, making them indispensable to practice Paleo, vegan, or gluten-free diets.

The process is simple; it involves pushing vegetables like zucchini, bell peppers, beetroot, carrot, butternut squash and cabbage through fine, rotating blades. This lets you produce long strings, flat ribbons, or rice-like grains in a few minutes. The options are almost endless and it’s a lot of fun trying to figure out what shape works best for different dishes. So you can prepare zucchini-noodles (also called zoodles), carrot or beet ribbons for salads, or cauliflower and sweet potato rice.

Instead of eating loads of carbs that hide in a plate of pasta or rice, you actually eat more vegetables this way. All you have to do is add some sauce, cheese, or a protein to make it a delicious meal.

Research shows that six bowls of zucchini pasta have the same calories and carbohydrate content as one single bowl of regular pasta. That should motivate you to get a spiralizer right away.

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