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Have you ever tried shirataki noodles? When I received an opportunity to try this type of low carb pasta from Skinny Noodles, I was excited about what the end result would be. And, I was pleasantly surprised!
I’m sure some of you will have questions about these low calorie noodles. I’ll do my best to answer them in this shirataki noodles review.
What are Shirataki Noodles?
Skinny Noodles shirataki noodles are a type of Japanese noodles made from the root of the konjac yam. Sometimes, this tuber goes under the names of devil’s tongue or elephant yam. It has a water-soluble fiber in it called glucomannan, which is made into flour. This gets combined with lime water, and the end result is shredded into noodles.
In the case of Skinny Ramen, they also add brown rice flour and pumpkin powder, for texture and color. (More on that later!)
These low calorie noodles are translucent and have a slight gel-like texture. They do have a slight resemblance to al dente pasta, but are not quite as firm.
In some ways, they also remind me of kelp noodles, which I like to use when making kani salad. Kelp noodles have a tiny bit of crunch in comparison. You can probably use shirataki noodles for that salad, too!
Like kelp noodles, shirataki noodles don’t have any flavor on their own. Instead, they absorb the flavor from whatever sauce you serve them with.
By the way, yes, I said low calorie noodles back there. Which brings me to the next question you may be asking…
Are Low Carb & Low Calorie Noodles Really Possible?
The answer is yes! Skinny Noodles are both low calorie and low carb.
In fact, they can fit into a wide variety of diet types. They are gluten-free, low carb, and even vegan.
So, how is this possible? Well, as mentioned before, Skinny Noodles are made with glucomannan, an indigestible fiber that does not get absorbed.
Unlike some varieties, the Skinny Ramen are not completely zero calorie noodles, but that’s a good thing! They actually taste better and have an improved texture compared to others I’ve tried.
The addition of organic brown rice flour creates shirataki noodles that are closer to real ramen. Even though I don’t use rice flour in my recipes, the small amount in these noodles is worth it. Texture is important when it comes to low carb pasta alternatives.
That being said, if the brown rice flour is an issue for you, don’t worry. Skinny Noodles have other varieties that don’t have it.
An entire 7-ounce bag of Skinny Noodles is a serving, which is a generous size. This contains only 40 calories and 5 grams net carbs. Yep, low carb and low calorie noodles are a thing!
How To Cook Shirataki Noodles
The key to cooking shirataki noodles is to first rinse them well under hot water. They are actually pre-cooked.
Rinsing will get rid of any flavor from the liquid that comes in the packaging. Each bag of Skinny Noodles has instructions that mention this, so you won’t forget!
Since shirataki noodles are mostly flavorless, you need a sauce for the best result. The process of “cooking” them is really just rinsing, then heating with a sauce of some sort.
Skinny Noodles make this really convenient by including a little sauce pouch to make ramen-style low calorie noodles. The sauce is organic, which is great, but it does contain a few grams of sugar. It can still fit into some low carb diets, but for a keto diet just swap it with a different sauce. The noodles are still delicious, and the 5 grams net carbs are pretty reasonable.
It only takes a couple of minutes to make the ramen. Add the soup base to boiling water, throw in the rinsed noodles, and simmer for a minute or two until hot. I’m really loving the super-fast prep time. It makes a convenient last-minute lunch!
I added some chives, a hard boiled egg, sesame seeds, and parsley, as well. Many people use green onions in their ramen, but I happened to have chives on hand, so I used those instead. The bag has additional serving suggestions, like veggies you can stir fry and include with your ramen, if you prefer.
Overall, I’m really happy with the taste of Skinny Ramen! Shirataki noodles work very well with Japanese flavors like this.
Skinny Noodles GIVEAWAY!
Now that you’ve seen the shirataki noodles review, it’s time for a Skinny Noodles giveaway. Six winners will get a Skinny Ramen 6-pack each!
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Skinny Noodles Shirataki Noodles – Where To Buy
Want to try Skinny Noodles shirataki noodles right now? As a thank you, they are giving away a discount code of 15% off all ramen for all Wholesome Yum readers!
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