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Eat This Now: Shirataki Noodles

There are certain foods you should limit if your goal is to maintain a healthy body and weight. Some of those foods include sugar, refined/damaged oils, and processed carbs. For those of us who love pasta but find it an easy food to overeat, shirataki noodles are a game changer.

Shirataki noodles are a Japanese noodle made from the konjac plant. They have no calories and no carbs, making them ideal for pretty much any one watching carbs and sugar. They are basically water and a soluble fiber called glucomannan, which has been shown to improve gut health, reduce risk of heart disease, and can help you lose weight by keeping you feeling fuller for longer. (They can, however, cause digestive issues if overeaten, so do be careful.)

I like the Miracle Noodle brand, but the Thrive Market or Skinny Noodle brands are also great. You can find shirataki noodles at most grocery stores in the section where you find tofu. They come in different sizes, such as fettuccini, angel hair, and ziti. They do smell a little funny (like 3-day-old fish, if I’m being honest) and have an odd consistency, but do not fear, if prepared correctly, they are a real winner in stir-fries, soups, or pasta dishes.

How to Prepare Shirataki Noodles

1. Remove the noodles from the package, place them in a colander, and rinse them with cold water.
2. Boil and drain noodles as you would regular pasta.
3. Place the drained noodles back into the pot. Over medium heat dry-fry them until excess moisture evaporates.

That’s it!

The noodles don’t have a lot of nutritional value, so pair them with healthy veggies and lean protein to make a complete meal. Try swapping in shirataki noodles in for any of the following recipes for a low carb, grain-free meal:

Asian noodle salad

Homemade ramen noodle soup

Stir-fried soba noodles with vegetables and tofu

Pantry pasta

Greek pasta salad

Pasta with shredded grass-fed brisket

Photo: Courtesy of Pamela Salzman

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