After gastric bypass surgery, pasta is in general - Not Our Friend.
It is very high in calories and carbohydrates, and for some of us, makes us uncomfortable when it swells in our altered stomachs, and also can cause dumping. Beyond those issues, it can trigger a cycle of high blood sugar/low blood sugar, which is something I am learning very quickly these days. A single serving of your typical white pasta is a measly two ounces, which is about 210 calories and 43 grams of carbohydrates. Sure, there are some better choices, like whole grain pastas, quinoa pasta, rice pasta, etc, but most people want the regular stuff, the good old spaghetti. I very rarely eat the stuff anymore - or make it for my family all that often. Sometimes, we want nothing more than a big pot of sketti and meatballs, but, *sigh* it's become a special thing.
Anyhow - another one of my past vices? Those cheap "ramen" like noodles, floating in super salty broth. I would kill for something like that some days. I love me some salty noodley goodness that is so bad for me. But, I don't eat it. I've been searching for an alternative for a very long time.
Thanks to Dagny, I heard about "Shirataki Noodles." She posted about them a while back, and I wanted to give them a try. I found them, in eight ounce bags at my local health food store this week.
(Dag added this in the comments, See! Someone Clicked On An Ad! It won't kill you, lol. "Yo
lady, technically I found shirataki BECAUSE OF YOU! I clicked on some
blinking "miracle noodle" thing on THIS VERY SITE and found them!!
Looked for them at the Asian groceries in my 'hood and there were right
at my corner.
Yes, get the non-tofu kind. Go to any and every Asian grocery until you
find them. Do you have a Mitsuwa or a Grand International Market you
can road trip to? Buy a few dozen bags at a time. That's what I do.
So I went to my local dollar store and bought THIRTY packages of
Maruchan Ramen for $2. Opened them all. KEPT the seasonings packets,
THREW AWAY the Ramen. Threw it all down the trash chute so I couldn't
go dig it back out of anywhere.
I boil for two minutes in chicken broth then dump out the broth. I
spray I Can't Believe It's Not Butter zero calorie spray all over it
and sprinkle on a little Maruchan seasoning. Amazing. I eat it every
day. Every god damn day.)
I bought all they had on the shelf because I saw THIS nutrition information on the bag:
Ingredients: Filtered water, tofu, yam flour, calcium hydroxide.
Serving size 4 oz.
Amount per serving:
Calories from Fat 5
Total Fat 0.5g
Saturated Fat 0g
Total Carbohydrate 3g
Dietary Fiber 2g
1 Effective Net Carb
I probably made a little gasp, because I was like, NOODLES for 20 calories and nearly no carbs?! No freaking way. No, this can't be! Now, a bit of warning: I had read other reviews online, these noodles are definitely something you will love or hate, and immediately. I am determined to like these little suckers, due to the fact they are perfect for my needs.
I drained the package, rinsed in cold water, microwaved for a minute, and tossed some with some of my Smart Balance Light Omega spread, and a touch of salt. After preparing them, they taste almost like any other noodle you might use in a stir-fry or soup you might find in an Asian restaurant. Next time, I plan to prepare some and use them in my Miso broth.
While they were perfectly fine with just butter, I would prefer them in soup, as the mouth-feel is too intense for me as a plain noodle.
WTF? I have issues. I have serious. texture. issues. Beth cannot eat eggs, nut butters, fruit, bananas, pudding, oatmeal, etc. due to her issues. She probably shouldn't be able to tolerate these Shirataki noodles because they do have a slime-y nature. Not unlike a regular noodle, perhaps an overcooked noodle. But, if she can handle 'em - you can so handle them.
For what it's worth, you can eat a whole 4 oz. of Shirataki Noodles for next to nothing. They have "zero" WW points in one serving. They are almost a freebie food.
These noodles ARE replacing typical noodles in my household, whether in soup, stir-fry or just plain, begone white pasta.