Believe it or not, back in the day, like, before even the Atkins people arrived, I was low-carbing it. No. I was no-carbing it. I had to get ready for prom and college… I didn’t want my extra 20-elbees to be a part of my accessories, ya know? For months I would hiss at pasta and flash my crucifix at bread. I was that determined to drop the weight.
Why, oh why couldn’t we have had Miracle Noodles back then?! It was only 15, 16… some years ago! Do you know how much easier life would have been if I had these shirataki noodles to play with? Sheeeesh!
I recently bought the low-carb Miracle Noodles from The Low Carb Grocery store, an online retailer providing quality low-carb products.
The promise of this Japanese noodle is that there is zero calories, zero carbs, zero guilt! I thought, “Where do I sign up?!?”. I mean, what do you do when you want Pasta with Tomatoes, Garlic and Olives, but you are on a diet trying to lose weight?
Thus, instead of eliminating pasta altogether, I thought why not try these shirataki noodles, or The Low Carb Pasta, and see where it takes us. The noodles are made of naturally water soluble fiber with no fat, no sugar and no starch. Soluble fiber allows you to feel full longer and its digestive slowing effect allows you to absorb more of the nutrients.
In line with their claims, by replacing one meal a day with shirataki noodles you will significantly raise your needed fiber intake and lower your total calorie intake. In combination with raising your metabolic rate with moderate exercise, you have just found the weight loss plan you have been looking for. SCORE!
When I opened the package, first thing I noticed is that the noodles were packaged in water! Secondly, they looked like pasta, but did not feel like pasta. They didn’t taste like pasta, either. In fact, they have no taste at all. Kind of like tofu, the noodles absorb the taste of the food they are cooked with.
I quickly learned that if I wanted good results, I needed to start following the directions on the box, word.for.word! Ahem… In bold letters, it says that you need to wash and DRY the noodles really well before adding them to your garlic-butter sauce. The more moisture you remove, the better they taste. I also thought the noodles would probably taste even better in Asian inspired dishes, like in stir-fry or maybe in miso soup!
No matter what though, make sure the sauce that you are going to toss them in, or the soup that you will stir them in is delicious and just the way you like it! These noodles will absorb the flavors of the sauce or soup that you pair them with. Also, do not let the initial smell put you off. If you follow the directions and rinse, that smell will no longer be there.
Granted, the shirataki noodles are not like traditional flour pasta, but they might be the best alternative for those that are on a low-carb diet. Also, according to research, the noodles are a great alternative for those dealing with Constipation, Cholesterol and Type II Diabetes. They are also heart healthy and help in normaliziing blood glucose by slowing down the glucose absorption in your body. I think this is why they are dubbed as “miracle” noodles.