Thursday, February 9, 2012

Review: Guilt free noodles - Shirataki Noodles

My biggest crave when I am on a diet are carbs (and sweets). I would dream of a big bow of pasta if I do not eat it for too long. But I do not have this problem I eat pasta even when dieting. Having whole wheat pasta (in moderation), and filling your pasta dish with tones of vegetables is a good way to eat a bow of pasta without killing myself at the gym the next day.

However, a even better alternative is the Shirataki Noodles.
I am happy to share this low calorie, low carb and Hungry Girl approved product with you guys.
If you are a weigh loss or low calorie food freak (like me), you probably already tried this product, but for those that had never heard of it I will gladly present the MIRACLE noodles.

Picture Retrieved from House Foods

This is one of my favorites low calories products. The whole package has between 1 or 2 servings, depending of your hunger or the way you prepare it. If you make a simple pasta then you will probably eat the whole package, but if you fill your pasta with vegetables, tofu, meat, or whatever you like then you will definitely have 2 servings. But it really does not matter, the whole package has about 40 calories. Yes I said 40 CALORIES. Pretty amazing.

They are made of the root of the Konnyaku (from the yam family) and tofu. It is low carb, low calorie and gluten and dairy free. It is packed in water, and it has to be refrigerated. Shirataki noodles comes in a variety of shapes: spaghetti, fettuccine or angel hair.
As far as I know you can find it at Wholes Food, or any international/asian store.  

The noodle does have a funky smell to it. It is almost like a fishy smell, but if you rise with water the smell gets a little better. Personally it does not bother me that much, but I know some people that could not eat it because of the smell (A little dramatic in my opinion).

The texture is also unique. I would say it is a chewy texture. Again I does not bother me too much. But I have to say I prefer to cook the Shirataki noodles with Asian flavors.  In fact, I love to make Pad Thai with it.

I totally recommend it. But do not buy it thinking it would be just like pasta. It is different, specially its texture. Give it a try though - it is totally guilt free.


  1. Bruninha is the same noodle that chef Nigella Lawson has revealed to be her secret of weight loss considerably in a short time. I'll look in the shop of Japanese goods in Brazil and I'll tell you what I think about it.

  2. Yeah, look for it - maybe in Liberdade?!?!
    It is totally worthed.