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With the growing popularity of raw, paleo, and vegan diets, gluten-free living, and a move toward less-processed food, pasta has become a banned item from many diets. While there are some gluten-free and vegetable-added varieties, the door has opened for more creativity with other foods. Replacing vegetables or miracle noodles for diet noodles will eliminate extra calories, carbohydrates, and chemicals from the diet.
Shirataki, or miracle noodles and diet noodles, are made from tofu or the Japanese vegetable Konjac. Available in a wide variety of shapes and sizes, shirataki noodles are quick to cook and a good source of dietary fiber. The fiber, called Glucomannan, has been shown to help control blood sugar and cholesterol in early studies. Shirataki noodles are great for Asian dishes and as a pasta replacement. They can be found in Asian and health food stores.
Black Bean Pasta is a gluten-free, organic, and vegan option. Made of just black beans and water, this new pasta replacement is low in calories and high in protein and fiber. It performs well in both Asian dishes and other sauce-based dishes.
Kelp noodles are low in calories and high in minerals. They absorb liquid so pair well with sauces. They require no cooking and are an enjoyable low-calorie, gluten-free pasta alternative boasting the health advantages of sea vegetables.
Spaghetti squash has long been a pasta replacement due to its’ natural shape resembling spaghetti. It has a mild flavor and can be matched with any number of sauces. Zucchini is another common pasta replacement and can be transformed into strips using a vegetable spiralizer.
Spiral cutters, or spiralizers, for vegetables are now widely available and allow one to create a healthy meal without using pasta. The thin strips of vegetables, charmingly called “zoodles” can be used as a pasta replacement or added to salads.
Tips for Great “Zoodles”
- Use fresh, crisp veggies
- Thick veggies are better than thin
- The straighter the better for easier slicing
- No cooking necessary but a quick dunk in hot water will soften them
- Vegetables and Fruits to Try as “Zoodles”
- Yellow Squash
- Sweet potatoes – think skinny fries or cheesy pasta
- Butternut Squash
If your goal is to eat healthier and lose weight then diet noodles can help transition away from carb-heavy pasta without losing the flavors and dishes you love.
Continue browsing the site for a multitude of diet noodle recipes using these unique pasta alternatives.