Zoodles of Flavor
By Veronica Grengs
With summer right around the corner, it is time to start thinking about what to plant in the garden. While I have never planted a garden, I have decided that this summer will be my first and I cannot think of a better food to start with than zucchini. “Zucchini is a nutritious fruit, often mistaken for a vegetable, which can be consumed in cooked or raw form. There are many health benefits of eating zucchini; they are low in calories and rich source of folates, potassium, and vitamin A. You can also get a good portion of magnesium and manganese from a serving of zucchini”.1
The nutritional value is highly enhanced by the right balance of vitamins and minerals that it contains. Zucchini also has a high moisture content, which can aide in curbing cravings. The possibilities are endless when it comes to cooking with this precious fruit. It can be prepared raw, steamed, baked, grilled or even in juice form. Just be careful not to overcook the zucchini as its nutritional value decreases.
While I love zucchini in all forms, my favorite way to prepare it is in noodle form or zoodle. Don’t get me wrong, I am team CHO all the way but being able to enjoy an Italian classic with many less calories and a lot more nutrients is something I value a lot more. Zoodle prep is incredibly easy all you need is one of the many kitchen gadgets that are out there. I have three: a mandolin, julienne, and a spiralizer. For spaghetti, I like the spiralizer the best (far right) because it makes the zucchini more noodle-like than the others do. Aren’t they beautiful?! Now just add your sauce, more veggies and maybe even a little ground turkey and voilà, healthy and delicious spaghetti. You may certainly steam the zoodles for a quick minute I however serve them raw.
I am Veronica Grengs a junior studying Human Nutrition and Dietetics. After graduating in 2011 with a previous degree and being out in the “real world” for about a year, I decided to return and study what I am truly passionate about: health. I am very lucky to be able to pursue a second degree here at MSU. In my spare time, I love to cook, run, hike 14ers and be with my family.