The Never Ending War on Carbs and How Butternut Squash Noodles Are the Best

Sorry for the long lay over between posts, life gets in the way sometimes and finding inspiration to write these missives is it’s own unique challenge. And I may have dove headlong into the new South Park game, The Fractured but Whole and forgot to come up for air for the better part of a week. It happens from time to time.

But here we are, covering a topic that anyone who has tried to lose weight has faced, all of the best food makes you fat and is not good for you. Now that’s where diets like Whole30 come into play and help mitigate those temptations. As long as you A) have the will to fit it out for 30 days and B) are 100% committed to that lifestyle for every day of the rest of your life. I can do option A, in clearly defined spurts that have a set endgame. Option B is a completely different beast since well, pasta is life, bread is amazeballs, and you have to indulge every now and again.

Now, I’m not saying it’s completely futile and you shouldn’t even try to lose the weight. Far from it. It’s a matter of finding alternatives to the stuff that’s bad for you, making it taste absolutely delicious, and when you’re not in the strict confines of a specific diet, indulge a little bit to maintain some semblance of your sanity. Sometimes you will indulge a little too much, that is human nature. What makes all the difference in the world is how you approach those cheat meals and respond once they’re over and done with. Hopefully over time, the need for cheat meals becomes less prevalent because you have found ways to make the healthier food taste just as good as the junk. Which brings us to the pasta substitute that has changed my eating habits. Butternut Squash noodles may not be life like good old fashioned pasta, but daggumit does it come close when prepared properly.

A few months back, a friend of mine got one of those noodleizer kitchen contraptions and showed it off over Snapchat by making zucchini noodles. To answer the question you’re currently exasperatedly asking your phone/computer screen, yes I know I can Google the actual name of it but we all know I’m too lazy to pull up another tab for that. Curiosity got the better of me and I started asking her questions about how zoodles tasted and whether or not it was an investment. She sang the praises of that gizmo for a solid 10 minutes and piqued my curiosity. Not enough to order one of those jawns (yes I’m from the suburbs of Philadelphia, deal with it) but enough to keep an eye out the supermarkets to see if they were available in the produce sections. Low and behold, there they were, in all of their zoodle glory. Although, I didn’t go for the zucchini noodles for the first go around, I settled on butternut squash because honestly it was more fun to say. That it one of the major criteria I judge things on, how much fun their given name is to say. Makes all the difference in the world when you’re telling the stories later.

 

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