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Boodles, Spoodles, Zoodles, Swoodles…………

Have you ventured into the world of vegetable noodles yet? If not then you are missing out on this raw and cooked delight. Add texture, flavour and fun to your meals with this Paleo friendly noodle option.

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Raw beetroot noodles help give this salad height, colour and texture.

The first item you require is a spiralizer which is just a handy kitchen gadget that will turn your vegetables into noodles. They are so much fun to use and can be purchased quite cheaply online or from a Health Food Store.

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Sweet Potato noodles are my favourite. Lightly pan fry them and add to a stir fry or soup, or bake in the oven and have them super crispy.

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Apple noodles are a favourite of my children’s. Core the apple and put through the spiralizer. Eat straight away as they are delicious.

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Beetroot noodles which can be baked or eaten raw.

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Swede noodles in the making.

Some noodles can be eaten raw such as apple, beetroot and zucchini while others are better cooked such as sweet potato. Beetroot and sweet potato both baked beautifully and you can also try swede and the other varieties of sweet potato.

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Beetroot noodles ready to be baked with coconut oil and fresh rosemary.

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Baked beetroot noodles are so delicious. Bake in a 180 Degree Celsius oven and turn every so often until they are all nicely cooked and a few are crispy.

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This is a variety of sweet potato and the bits left in the spiralizer get baked as well so there isn’t any wastage.

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Swede noodles.

Magnificent meals: Vegetable noodles add such fun to your meals.

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Add them to your favourite soup.

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A pile of multi coloured sweet potato noodles. Really sweet from being baked in the oven.

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A delicious grass-fed beef steak with swede noodles.

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Steak and baked beetroot noodles.

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Scrambled eggs with sweet potato noodles.

Now you need to get the hang of the fun names the noodles are given. Here are a few:

Boodles: Beetroot noodles

Zoodles: Zucchini noodles

Spoodles: Sweet Potato noodles

Swoodles: Swede noodles

Foodles: Fruit noodles.

Make it up as you go along. It adds to the fun.

You can also make vegetable strips using a vegetable peeler and these can add a fun and decorative element to a meal as well.

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Here l used carrot ribbons to add a pretty element to this meal. Just slide the peeler down the carrot and you are done. I often do this with beetroot and add the strips to a salad.

Have some fun with this. It adds a different texture to your meals and can really add some variety to the Paleo diet.

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Wake me up, morning juice!

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Sweet, tangy, invigorating, stimulating, nutritious, alive, enticing and smooth.

Take the juicer out of the cupboard, borrow one or buy one and put making a juice on top of your list of things to do this weekend!

Which juicer to buy is another blog which l have already done, but whether it is a centrifugal juicer or a cold pressed juicer, you can make a delicious refreshing and nutritious juice that will liven up your day. You can experiment with ingredients and use whatever suits. Don’t be afraid to add in vegetables such as beetroot, cos lettuce, spinach, kale, sweet potato or broccoli. You can make this a fun activity to share with family members or challenge yourself to try new and interesting flavours. Juices can literally be the colours of the rainbow!

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The first step in making a juice is to get all of your ingredients ready. If you have a centrifugal juicer then it is a matter of washing them, peeling and a bit of chopping. A cold pressed juicer required more preparation, but it is very good for leafy greens and retains more nutrients.

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This morning’s juice: Cos lettuce, 1/2 lemon, small piece pineapple, one green apple, mint and 4 carrots.

Have all the fruit and vegetables ready to go!

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Mix up the soft and hard ingredients and process the greens first.

The pulp is most of the fibre from the fruit. You could compost it or use it for some baking.

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Once your juice is finished it is time to wash your machine parts. Don’t wait until you have finished your juice as this is a job that needs to be done as soon as possible. The filter is a delicate piece of equipment in any juicer and can become blocked. Clean this first with warm water and the little brush that comes with the juicer.

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Lay all the clean pieces on a t-towel to dry.

I find it hard to just make enough juice for one person and usually have some to share. This morning’s juice was very sweet and just what l needed for an early start to the day. One glass of a sweet juice is enough for me and l would have it with a protein to balance my blood sugar levels and for me this will be my morning healthy pancake.

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The main thing is to enjoy your juicing. If you put too much fruit in it and find it doesn’t agree with you, then add in some more greens or other vegetables. Everyone’s taste buds are different. Try adding ginger or herbs to the mix and see how wonderful the flavours can be. This is a way to get the whole family involved and living a healthier life.

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