If you haven't switched to veggie noodles yet, today's the day!

Most experts are in agreement that avoiding lots of carbohydrates is the key to losing weight, keeping it off, and getting healthier all around. It's not easy, especially in Acadiana; we've got Meche's donuts, king cakes, fried foods, delicious baked goods from world class bakeries and of course, plenty of alcohol. If you're not willing to give up or eat or drink less of those, carb - free noodles are a great place to start.

A search on Amazon will bring up lots of veggie noodle and spiral cutters. I've used the inexpensive handheld cutters and the pricier electric types. They both do the same job, so it depends on how much work you want to do and how much you want to spend. It's worth investing both for the benefits.

Once you've got a slicer, you need to pick the lowest - carb veggies to make into noodles. This is a good guide to the best veggies to use, which includes carrots, zucchini, eggplant, and broccoli. All that's left is to find or make a low - carb pasta sauce and you're all set. You could even just do something as simple as adding herbs and spices to olive oil with a little salt and pepper. Toss with the noodles and you'll have a delicious and low carb meal.

If you're new to making veggie noodles, here's a video that will walk you through the process and give you a few starter recipes.