Today is National Spaghetti Day and also National Trivia Day. I have to admit, I have not ate spaghetti in over 10 years since I adopted my low carbohydrate diet. I do love noodles, mac and cheese, lasagna, and anything noodles but my body does not like them what-so-ever.
I was extremely happy to find Shirataki Noodles at the local health food store. Soon after, Walmart and Kroger began selling them (they are about 20-30 cents cheaper at the health food store!). My first time eating them I found that they were not as “soft” as regular noodles but I did not care. I could eat noodles again! I introduced them to my Mom but she said they were too rough for her and she refused to eat them. That is fine. More for me! They are a little bit different but once I add spices, some butter, or even some spaghetti sauce, they taste completely fine.
The wonderful things about these noodles are some of them have no calories, no carbohydrates, no fat, and gluten and guilt free!
As you can see the Tofu Shiritaki does have 10 small calories in them but that is better than the regular 220 calories and 41 carbohydrates (give or take)! That is only a 1 cup serving. Shiritaki noodles come in Angel hair, regular spaghetti noodles, and macaroni noodles.
The Japanese noodles are mainly made from the konjac yam. They are best if boiled for a minute or two to get rid of the strange taste they have but after cooking them and adding toppings, the taste disappears. They range from 1.29 a bag to 1.99 a bag. Miracle noodle is a company that sells in bulk if you really want to stock up and save some money.
There have been some studies on konjac-mannan and studies do show that these noodles are diabetic friendly and good for people watching their cholesterol. They can even help with feeling they are satisfied after eating instead of overeating. This is one reason I fell in love with these noodles. I could eat them and feel satisfied knowing I ate enough and I am not super hungry an hour or so later.
So, in observance of National Spaghetti Day, I want to give props to Shirataki and Miracle Noodles for helping me find a healthier option for regular spaghetti.
If you get the chance, try them and let me know what you think!