If you’ve ever felt guilty after eating a heavy pasta dish, you’re not alone. Though traditional spaghetti is undoubtedly a delicious comfort food, it’s not always the healthiest meal. Eating pasta can leave you feeling bloated and lethargic. Thankfully, there’s a way to enjoy spaghetti without the guilt- by replacing pasta with courgettes, you’ll receive many health benefits.
A courgette, or zucchini, is a delicious and versatile summer squash that is a lighter, vegetable alternative to pasta. Courgettes contains 90% less calories and 80% less fat than spaghetti. In fact, zucchini is one of the least calorific vegetables with just 17 calories per 100g. In addition, zucchini is a delicious low-carb alternative to pasta, which has high levels of carbohydrates- while 100g of zucchini only contains 4g of carbohydrates, the same amount of spaghetti has 31g of carbohydrates. Eating large amounts of the refined carbohydrates typically present in traditional pasta can lead to weight gain and nutrient deficiencies. However, taking in carbohydrates present in zucchini- “good carbohydrates” that are high in fiber- can decrease cholesterol and help burn fat.
Traditional pasta is stripped of most of its vitamins and minerals during processing, leaving it with little nutritional value. Courgettes are just the opposite- they are packed with health benefits. The peels of courgettes- which can be left on when making courgette noodles- are a good source of dietary fiber. Dietary fibre can lower cholesterol and help protect against some colon cancers. Traditional pasta contains less dietary fibre than courgette pasta, and is much more filling. Zucchini is also high in potassium, an essential mineral for a healthy heart. A 100g serving of zucchini contains almost 90% more potassium than a spaghetti serving of the same size.
Courgettes can easily be transformed into the shape of spaghetti noodles with the help of an inexpensive spiralizer or julienne peeler to make delicious low-carb pasta. While store-bought pasta can be a tasty comfort food, spiralizing courgettes yourself creates a home-made dish that doesn’t take a long time to make. It’s easy to pick unhealthy options when we’re strapped for time because they typically take less time and work. However, courgetti spaghetti can be made quickly and will leave you with little guilt about your dinner decision.
Courgetti spaghetti is perfect for anyone, whether you’d like to increase your intake of vitamins and minerals or you’re trying to lose weight. There are countless stories of impressive weight loss due to switching from regular pasta to courgette spaghetti. While courgettes contain much less fat than traditional pasta, you’ll still feel full after a courgetti spaghetti meal because of the high water content and fibre present in courgettes. Also, pasta contains a high glycemic index- which can leave you feeling lethargic after a meal. Zucchini has a lower glycemic index, and can provide energy.
I hope i’ve convinced you to make the switch from processed, refined pasta to fresh courgetti spaghetti by now, but if we haven’t, just try one of our recipes. Whether you’d like to stick with a typical Bolognese sauce or try something new like an avocado sauce, courgetti spaghetti is the perfect option for any meal.