By Callie McBride
For most people, weight loss is thought to be achieved by some sort of nutrition plan with restrictions, “good” or “bad” foods, and the assumption that everything consumed will be bland and under portioned. Think plain brown rice, nuts measured by the ounce, and way too many salads. The moment I decide to venture toward weight loss, my dreams of enormous and delicious bowls of flavorful, creamy pasta for dinner fly right out the window. Listen up, friends–it doesn’t have to! I am here to introduce all of you to (or perhaps remind you of) the incredible and life-saving product–at least during a diet–called Tofu Shirataki Noodles.
Deemed the “miracle noodle” by avid eaters, this House Foods Corporation creation is an incredibly low calorie pasta alternative made from blending the root of Konnyaku, a member of the tofu family. Tofu Shirataki Noodles are wonderfully free of sugar, cholestoral, and gluten. The perfect “I think this is a cheat meal but its actually not” dish, they have only 20 calories per 4 ounce serving, which gives me the exciting liberty of adding tons of toppings and intense flavor. I’ve prepared these tofu noodles in various ways; with diced veggies, creamy avocado dressing, and, of course, the classic marinara sauce. The best part? I have always felt full after pairing these noodles with a simple side salad! It’s never fun to feel unsatisfied, and it can lead to overeating later on.
And get this: these noodles come in four different familiar pasta shapes–spaghetti, angel-hair, fettuccine, and now macaroni (childhood flashback, yes!). So, get to your grocery store, pick up Tofu Shirataki Noodles, and get creative in the kitchen concocting your favorite and healthy variation of home cooked pasta! And report back with your new creations!