This post is dedicated to all my friends and coworkers who still do not have a spiralizer (I’m looking at you Emily!), even after trying to endlessly convince them to buy one. Well this is my more public, and concrete convincing – a published blog post.
About a year and a half ago, my boyfriend bought me a spiralizer for my birthday. A what?! A spiralizer.
A spiralizer is a kitchen tool that turns vegetables (and fruit) into noodles. It’s actually my favourite kitchen appliance, ahead of my blender and food processor. Why? Because it’s incredibly easy to use, clean, and is the best (and possibly the easiest) way to inject way more vegetables into your diet.
I’m creating this post to encourage others to buy a spiralizer and get out there to start reinventing the way you cook and prepare your meals.
12 Reasons to Own a Spiralizer
1. They’re super affordable
At about $25 – $50 a pop, these amazing kitchen gadgets are super affordable even for the most thrifty cook or University student! I specifically own the Paderno Spiralizer which can be purchased on Amazon.ca for about $45.
2. They’re easy to clean
Spiralizers consist of 3 main parts: the interchangeable blades (there are 3 in total, each one allows you to create a different type of noodle), the spinning handle, and the spiralizer body. These parts come apart effortlessly and given their simplistic design, they are incredibly easy to clean, not to mention dishwasher safe!
3. You can buy a spiralizer pretty much anywhere
From Amazon, to the Williams Sonoma, Kitchen Stuff Plus and even a few grocery stores, the Spiralizer phenomenon has caused their supply to radically increase, meaning more spiralizer availability for everyone!
Not to mention all the online options which include the above retailer’s eCommerce shops, Amazon and of course Inspiralized.com’s very own branded spiralizer, which recently just became available for purchase. Check it out!
4. Spiralizing causes you to eat more vegetables
Ever think you could eat an entire zucchini in one sitting? Me neither. Enter my spiralizer. Now, eating an entire zucchini in the form of noodles, is my average weeknight dinner.
I actually love to eat vegetables now, especially after spiralizing them. It changes their shape, and texture, allowing them to blend better with other ingredients. For me this makes veggies more enjoyable to eat.
I also find I am eating more vegetables that I would have never really eaten before. Zucchini’s were never something I use to buy while grocery shopping, now they are a must-have on my grocery list. My spiralizer also has me eating more sweet potatoes, carrots, turnips, and parsnips.
5. Spiralizing vegetables decreases your carb intake
Please don’t think by me writing this point I mean to completely eliminate all fresh pasta from my diet, because let’s be realistic, I love pasta and other delicious carbs. But by replacing pasta, rice noodles or any other type of noodle you might use, with vegetables, you’re helping to decrease the amount of carbs you’re ingesting daily, especially if you like to have those big pasta dinners at night! Eating less carbs and starches at night is not only better for digestion, but a lower carb diet overall helps to promote healthy weight loss and maintenance. Which brings me to my next point…
6. Spiralizing can help jump start your weight loss journey, and promote healthy weight maintenance
With a spiralizer you’ll be eating more vegetables, which means you’ll be lighter on calories, carbs and decreasing your sugar intake. With more vegetables in your diet, and less processed foods, you’ll not only be putting more nutrients into your body, but more fiber as well, which will keep you feeling full and satiated longer.
7. You can spiralize virtually any vegetable **
There is an ** here for a reason. Unfortunately, not all vegetables are spiralizable (is that even a word?).
Check out this great post on Inspiralized.com on which fruits and vegetables you can spiralize (ie. zucchini, carrots, sweet potatoes, apples, pears etc) and which ones you can’t (ie. tomatoes, bananas).
There are some basic questions (Inspiralized.com also has a handy flow chart to help too!) to help understand whether or not a vegetables is spiralizable or not. Including:
- Does it have a pit?
- Is it less than 1.5” in diameter?
- Is it less than 2.5” long?
- Is it hollow?
- Is it soft (like a tomato) or juicy inside (like a pineapple)?
If you answered yes to any of these questions, unfortunately your vegetable or fruit is NOT spiralizable. But don’t let that deter you! There are still PLENTY of vegetables and pieces of fruit that you can create beautiful and delicious meals with. Here are just a few:
- Butternut Squash
- Daikon Radish
- Radish, black
- Sweet Potato
- Taro Root
- White Potato
8. There are tons of resources, blogs, and recipes out there to try!
From Inspiralized.com to SkinnyTaste, there are tons of blogs, cookbooks and recipes out there to get you going (and most of them are easily accessible for free on the Internet – so you really have no excuse not to get cooking!).
As you can probably already tell, Inspiralized.com is my favourite go-to resource for all things spiralizer. So it’s no surprise that I already purchased her very own cookbook that she just had published. I would definitely recommend checking it out. It’s a fantastic and beautiful cookbook with lots of photos, recipes, and tips/tricks to get you going.
9. Spiralizing is quick and easy to do
It literally takes no more than 30 seconds (and that’s being generous) to spiralizer an entire vegetable. BAM dinner is practically done.
Whether you’re making zucchini noodles, sweet potato curly fries, or carrot rice, prep time is very minimal. With more vegetables in your diet + a quick cooking time, it’s virtually the perfect solution to jump start your health.
10. Electricity, not needed!
What is probably one of the coolest things about the spiralizer, is that it doesn’t require any electricity to use. There’s no plug, or mortar, all that’s needed is just two hands, one to secure the spiralizer and the other to turn the handle.
In fact, a spiralizer would be great addition on a cottage or camping trip, or to use during an emergency or black out, if there was no power!
11. Spiralizing is kid and picky eater friendly
Have a child or significant other that is a picky eater, or just doesn’t like vegetables? Challenge accepted! As noted above spiralizing is actually the most incredible way to intake more vegetables into your diet, in a creative and different way, without having to sacrifice flavour. I find that vegetables like zucchini don’t really taste of anything, and just pick up whatever flavour it is being cooked with. I like my zucchini noodles, or as I like to call them “zoodles”, a bit crunchy so I never cook them for more than 1 to 2 minutes in a skillet.
Spiralizing is also a great way to get your kids and/or significant other involved in the kitchen. My boyfriend is constantly asking if he can do the spiralizing while we’re cooking dinner together, he’s hooked!
12. Spiralizing changes up your routine and lets your creativity flourish
Spiralizing allows you to change up your weekly routine when it comes to lunch and dinner (and beyond). Gone are the days of boring salads, and sides. Spiralizing introduces new shapes, and textures to your fruits and vegetables which allows you to spice up your average weeknight dinner or reinvent your favourite meal.
So what are you waiting for? Go get or order your spiralizer right now! There is so much that can be done with this relatively simple kitchen gadget. It’s simply a must have. What other tool easily injects more vegetables in your diet, takes virtually no time to prep your veggies/fruit and clean the tool itself, and costs under $50? This is it people! Your gateway to healthy eating. I encourage each and everyone of you to ensure you have this tool in your kitchen.