Veggies aren’t the only produce that can be spiralized. Certain fruits, like apples and pears, can also be easily transformed into noodles, says Maffucci.
Apples and pears are great sources of fiber. One medium-size golden delicious apple has 4.1 g, according to the USDA, which is nearly 15 percent of the recommended DV. Opt for a medium-size pear and you’ll get slightly more fiber — 5.5 g (about 20 percent of the DV), per the USDA.
Eating fiber-rich foods like apples and pears comes with a host of health benefits, from helping your digestive system run smoothly to lowering your risk of heart disease, high blood pressure, and type 2 diabetes, according to research.
Plus, high-fiber foods tend to fill you up better than low-fiber foods, making you likely to eat less, which helps you reach or maintain a healthy weight, notes the Mayo Clinic. In fact, simply focusing on upping your daily fiber intake can help you lose weight, suggests one randomized trial.
Here’s what else you’ll find in a medium-size apple: 96 calories, 0.5 g of protein, 0.3 g of fat, and 23 g of carbs, according to the USDA.
Meanwhile, one medium-size pear contains 101 calories, 0.6 g of protein, 0.2 g of fat, and 27 g of carbs, according to the USDA.
Apples can be loaded straight into the spiralizer (no need to cut off the ends or skin). For pears, cut off the top (pointy end) and retain the skin before spiralizing (it’s not necessary to chop off the other end). Then, load it straight into the spiralizer with the narrow end facing the blade.
Incorporate apple and pear noodles into your favorite salad to add crunch and just the right amount of sweetness. The noodles can also be roasted (at 400 degrees for about 10 minutes) and topped with a pinch of cinnamon and sugar for a delicious dessert.
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