Let’s Get Inspiralized

Catchy, isn’t it?

Here, you’ll find everything you need to know about spiralizing and cooking those spiralized vegetables and fruits. As you’ll learn, spiralizing is versatile, fun and life-changing! Inspiralized is what you and your meal will become – a healthier, more inspired version of the original!

What is Spiralizing?

First stop.

Spiralizing is the art of turning vegetables and fruits into noodles. Simple as that, but so revolutionary. Spiralized vegetable pasta or “Inspiralized” pasta is inherently gluten-free, paleo, vegan and vegetarian friendly, low carb friendly, and of course, it’s a cleaner, more wholesome way to eat. Spiralized pasta is not only nutritious and filling, it’s easy to make. Spiralizing is for all ages, diet lifestyles and skill levels. The spiralizer allows you to transform a healthy, low-calorie, low-carb vegetable into a giant bowl of pasta! Top with the right sauce and protein and you’ve got a delicious meal that won’t break the diet bank– in minutes.

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The Benefits of Spiralizing

Why everyone should spiralize.

  • Helps promote weight loss and maintenance.
    Probably everyone’s favorite reason for spiralizing, spiralized vegetables are mostly light in calories, carbs, fat and sugar. By spiralizing, you’re naturally eating more vegetables – without even noticing (especially when they’re covered in a delicious tomato basil sauce!) This small shift in the way you eat helps lead to weight loss, because you’re consuming more vegetables and less processed foods while still remaining satisfied. Vegetables are high in water (such as zucchinis) and help detox your body, ridding it of unwanted toxins and leaving you refreshed and hydrated. Vegetables have an abundance of dietary fiber, which helps keep you fuller longer and help with your everyday digestion. Certain vegetables even help spike the metabolism, such as zucchinis, which are high in folates. Most importantly, after eating a bowl of vegetable noodles, you’re left feeling light and energized – ready to have a productive and healthy day, which means you’ll be more motivated to exercise and eat well.
    Follow me at my healthy fit Instagram @GetInspiralized and follow my weight loss journey there. Also, read this post about how I lost 25 pounds by eating Inspiralized and exercising!
  • Makes more out of your veggies & fruits.
    When you simply dice, chop or cube vegetables – you barely get a cup of that food. With spiralizing, one small vegetable can yield many cups of fluffy, spiral vegetables. This way, vegetables and fruits go a long way, so you basically consume a lesser amount of whole vegetables, while feeling like you’re eating a big portion, on account of the noodle shape of spiralized vegetables. This way, you can get more “bang for your buck” with your vegetables and fruits – for example, one medium red potato is enough for two people to enjoy in noodle form.
  • Slips more veggies into your diet.
    This is the whole reason I started Inspiralized – I was amazed that I could eat my favorite classic Italian pasta dishes, while eating vegetables! Since spiralized vegetables have a similar texture and consistency to regular pasta and noodles, your tastebuds think you’re eating the carb-laden original, while your waistline knows you’re eating heart-healthy fruits and veggies! Slowly but surely, as you work spiralized foods into your diet, you’ll realize that you’re consuming more vegetables than ever
  • Spiralized veggies & fruits are clean-eating friendly.
    Spiralized vegetables and fruits are helpful for those who have autoimmune diseases, such as Celiac’s, while also valuable for those who subscribe to a vegan, vegetarian or Paleo lifestyle. Spiralized vegetables are for everyone, but they are especially helpful for those who have sensitivities to gluten, since they’re naturally gluten-free. Regular pasta, rice and noodles are typically made from rice, wheat or flour, while spiralized vegetables are made of, well, vegetables! They’re clean and unprocessed. 

  • Encourages a reduced carbon footprint, with local and seasonal eating.
    Spiralizing lends itself to shopping at farmer’s markets, where vegetables tend to be in abundance and tend to be larger in size. There’s something therapteutic about walking through a vegetable stand and looking for “something to spiralize.” By shopping at farmer’s markets, we support our local community and reduce our carbon footprint. Also, by shopping at farmer’s markets, we’re inherently eating seasonally! Many vegetables (such as zucchini) reduce in size in the off-season, making them more difficult to spiralize. Therefore, we discover new vegetables by season and become more creative in the kitchen, while being eco-friendly and supporting local farmers!
  • It’s kid and family-friendly.
    Children love to spiralize – they love watching a vegetable or fruit turn magically into noodles. As long as a parent is supervising the sharp blades of the spiralizer, it’s safe for a child to participate in the spiralizing process! By spiralizing with your children, they’ll learn healthy habits while having fun – what’s better than that? Since spiralizing is a quick way to prepare vegetables in mass, it’s definitely family-friendly. What’s more classic than spaghetti night? Now, instead of waiting for water to boil and having mushy noodles, just spiralize a few vegetables and you have instant, ready-to-cook pasta! This way, you can spend more time with your family and loved ones and less time in the kitchen.
  • Encourages our creative side.By nature, spiralizing challenges us to come up with creative meals with our vegetable and fruit noodles. Each vegetable has its own flavors, textures and nutrients. Therefore, we can invent our own meals or reinvent our favorite classics, by picking a vegetable to spiralize. There are hundreds of types of meals you can make with all the different vegetables and fruits. Once you start spiralizing, you’ll notice that you never get bored and you look forward to making something different each time! You may even find yourself starting a blog about spiralizing.
  • It’s quick and easy.There’s no more obvious benefit than this: spiralizing takes seconds to prepare ready-to-cook pasta and noodles. In a mere couple of minutes, you can have ready-to-cook rice. Since vegetables take less time than grains to cook, spiralizing is naturally quicker! Once you spiralize a vegetable, you’re ready to turn them into healthy and delicious meals – no waiting for water to boil, no mushy bags of rice and no more saving the starchy pasta water (which I always forget!) The act of spiralizing is easy and is suitable for all levels of cooks from beginner to advanced!
  • Zucchini Noodles vs. Regular Wheat SpaghettiIf all of the above wasn’t enough to convince you to start spiralizing, then consider the nutritional differences between regular spaghetti and a bowl of zucchini noodles. Spaghetti comes in at a whopping 221 calories and 43 grams per serving, while zucchini noodles weigh in at 41.6 calories and 7.6 carbs. Need we say more?

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What can you spiralize?

The guidelines.

No, you can’t spiralize chocolate – or chorizo. Trust me, we’ve tried. There are a few simple rules to determine whether or not a vegetable or fruit can be spiralized or not (if it’s “spiralizable.”)

  1. The vegetable cannot be hollow, seeded or have a tough core.
  2. The vegetable must be at least 1.5″ in diameter for best experience.
  3. The vegetable should be at least 2″ long for best experience.
  4. The vegetable must have a firm, solid flesh (no squishy, juicy fruits or veggies.)
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The List

Run to the farmer’s market.

Below you’ll find a list of the most commonly spiralized vegetables, alphabetically. Click on a vegetable to learn more about how to prepare and cook it. Depending on where you live, there may be other indigenous vegetables and fruits that can also be spiralized.


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What can you make?

When your Inspiralizer arrives, you take it out of the box and then what? What can you make? We’ve got you covered – here are some ideas, but the possibilities are endless.


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How to Spiralize

 The basics.

The Inspiralizer comes complete with a thorough instruction manual. It comes fully assembled, all you need to do is decide what you’re going to make first!

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1 – Prepare the vegetable or fruit.

Slice the ends of the vegetable or fruit off flatly and evenly. Then, peel it (if applicable.) Slice the vegetable or fruit in half, if it’s larger than 6” long, for best leverage.

 

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2- Secure to the countertop with The Counter Clamps

It’s imperative that the Inspiralizer is firmly suctioned to your countertop space to properly spiralize. Make sure the area is dry and then press down on the middle of the Inspiralizer and turn the clamps from left to right to secure. The Inspiralizer should not budge.

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3 – Use The Noodle Twister to choose your desired noodle shape

The blades on The Noodle Twister are clearly labeled A, B, C, D. Simply pull and turn The Noodle Twister (the green knob) to select the noodle shape you want.

 

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4- Place the vegetable or fruit on the Inspiralizer.

First align the center of one end of the vegetable or fruit with the central coring blade (above the blades.) Then, press firmly to secure the teeth of the handle into the opposite en. Make sure the vegetable or fruit is securely attached before spiralizing.

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5 – Spiralize!

Grasp the side handle for leverage and then grasp the turning handle (with the teeth.) To spiralize, spin clockwise, applying pressure towards the blades. Watch the vegetable or fruit instantly turn into noodles!

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