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 yams.
Can it be true? Is there really a low calorie, gluten free, and guilt free pasta out there for those us who can’t eat gluten (or try to avoid carbs)?
Well yes there is! When my packaged arrived I checked the calorie count on the back and amazingly all five shirataki items contain 0-15 calories, 0 fat, 0 net carbs, and 3-4 grams dietary fiber per serving. In addition to being gluten free and soy free, Skinny Noodles are also vegan, Kosher, and have zero cholesterol.
The noodles are made from konjac. Our bodies extracts no nutrition from these noodles at all. So nutrition-wise there’s nothing here for you except fiber. But if you are craving pasta or stir-fried noodles without the guilt then this is a great choice.
One of the things you will first notice about Skinny Noodles is that they are packaged in a gel-like liquid. When I first opened my package of Skinny Noodles there was an odd smell. The ocean-like scent comes from a combination of konnyaku and the natural alkaline water used to keep Skinny Noodles and “Rice” fresh and shelf-stable. The scent does not mean there is anything wrong with the products; so don’t worry. Once you drain and rinse the noodles the scent disappears completely and leaves behind no funny taste.
Skinny Noodles are super convenient and easy to cook. Simply drain and rinse with warm water, parboil in water for about 2-3 minutes, drain again, and serve with your favorite sauce, broth, or seasoning.
Skinny noodles don’t really taste like anything and really take on the flavors of the dish you make. And with five different shapes, the possibilities are endless. I’ve tried the noodles with pasta and meat sauce, chicken stir fry, and in soup.
Skinny Noodles and Skinny “Rice” shirataki have a shelf life of about 12 months. Unopened packages can be stored at room temperature in a pantry or cupboard, but it’s strongly recommended to store them in the refrigerator for best results. I keep mine in the fridge.
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