The one thing that is a bit annoying when trying to lose weight is pasta. I love pasta. I can’t get enough of it usually but in the weight loss arena, it can be a drawback. I will usually cook with the whole wheat variety and that helps quite a bit, but still those WW points…. Enter Shirataki Skinny Noodles. The dream noodle for folks looking to shed a pound or two. These skinny noodles are low calories, low carbs and gluten free. Say what? Yes, you read that correctly. And, lucky me.. I had the opportunity to review this product and it couldn’t have come at a better time.
Just what are Shirataki Skinny Noodles?
Skinny Noodles Shirataki are low calorie, low carb, gluten-free, and soy-free pasta and rice alternatives. Available in five varieties (spaghetti, angel hair, spinach fettuccine, macaroni, and “rice”), Skinny Noodles are made from a root native to Asia called konnyaku or konjac. The products are weight loss and diabetic friendly with 3-4 grams of fiber per serving. To prepare, simply drain and rinse thoroughly; then parboil, microwave, or pan fry for 2-3 minutes. Skinny Noodles are a healthy alternative to traditional pasta, in soups, salads, or stir fry and made in America.
I received a box of 10 packages. They are wrapped in plastic and you can see the noodles swimming in water. The noodles and “rice” are clear, almost like those clear noodles you get in Asian soups. I first tried the macaroni noodles. As the note above says, to prepare, drain and rinse thoroughly. When you open the package and drain, it has a bit of a fishy smell, but once drained off, that’s not there at all.
One thing I discovered rather quickly. These noodles don’t have a lot of flavor and I found that like tofu, they pick up the flavor of what you cook them in. For my first meal, I made my favorite garlic and red pepper pasta with olive oil. Just add olive oil to the pan, then fresh garlic and red pepper. I usually add parsley too. I then took my drained Skinny Noodles and added it to the olive oil and pan fried it together.
As I said, I’m currently doing Weight Watchers and hubby is doing Atkins. Yes, it’s a hot mess in our kitchen these days, however these noodles and “rice” fit into BOTH of our eating programs so we both reap the benefits while I don’t have to cook two meals or one meal with modifications. He was quite skeptical about this since he didn’t believe he could have good taste and only 3 net carbs per serving. I was just happy that the point value was so low. The taste you get is from what you put in with it and the texture is a little different from fresh or packaged pasta, but it’s worth it. I think next time I’ll either try the noodles in a soup or the spinach fettucine variety loaded with broccoli and spinach with pesto sauce…. make it a nice green dish!
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