We discovered these noodles at a restaurant near us called the Lincolnshire Gourmet. This became our go to restaurant because we loved the noodle dishes – and my daughter never felt sick when she ate there (nice for everyone).
There really isn’t anything to these noodles. Don’t eat them if you are looking to increase your daily nutrients. The fact that there isn’t anything to these noodles makes them great to mix with other things. They taste like what you mix them with. They are really great for stir-fries and foods with sauces. They are also really easy to prepare. The noodles are pre-cooked so you just drain the package and then mix with whatever you want. The website for NoOodles has recipes. As I mentioned my daughter eats a lot of NoOodles. She usually drains the package and then mixes the noodles with pesto or gluten free/sugar free tomato sauce and then adds a little Parmesan cheese. She has also made her own version of “cup o’noodles” using homemade chicken stock.
Here is the recommended way of cooking N0Oodles directly from the NoOodles website:
“Open package, empty contents into colander. Rinse under cold water for one minute. Snip or cut NoOodles to desired length. Place NoOodles in non-stick skillet and “dry fry” over medium heat until all liquid is evaporated. Top or toss with your favorite sauce, sauteéd vegetables, grilled chicken, etc. Cook until flavors meld and dish is hot. Refrigerate leftovers promptly.”
The good news is, even though they don’t have any real nutritional value they are a great base for all the other highly nutritious foods you eat. Pasta noodles are probably one the big things that grain-free people miss. NoOodles might be just the ticket.
As I was going through the website I noticed that they mentioned you could make Kugel with NoOodles. That’s fun.
Here is a top 10 list of benefits found on the NoOodle website:
- Zero Calories (I guess that’s a benefit if you are getting sufficient calories from your nutritious foods)
- Lowers Calorie Uptake
- Promotes Satiety (I like this one)
- Delays Hunger (I like this one too)
- Modulates Glucose Spikes (sounds good)
- Modulates Insulin Surges (sound good)
- Cholesterol Reducing Agent (I don’t think cholesterol is a bad thing – we need it)
- Regularity/Laxative Effect (I guess that’s good from some people)
- Anti-Inflammatory Activity
- Prebiotic Activity
All of these “benefits” are derived from Glucomannan. What’s glucomannan? I found a website all about Glucomannan – Glucomannan.com – convenient. Here’s the gist:
“Glucomannan – nature’s richest source of soluble fiber!”
“Glucomannan is a water-soluble dietary fiber that is derived from konjac root. The fresh konjac tube contains an average of 13% dry matter, 64% of the dry matter is glucomannan: 30% is starch.”
“Glucomannan has been used in Asia for centuries as traditional foods, such as noodles, tofu, and heat stable gelled food products. …glucomannan and water, is very low carb and very low glycemic nature food.”
Here is what Wikipedia says about Glucomannan:
“Glucomannan is a water-soluble polysaccharide that is considered a dietary fiber. Glucomannan is a food additive used as an emulsifier and thickener. Products containing glucomannan, marketed under a variety of brand names, are sold as nutritional supplements for constipation, obesity, high cholesterol, acne vulgaris and type 2 diabetes. Although there is some clinical support for potential health benefits, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has not approved any product containing glucomannan for the treatment of these medical conditions. Health Canada has authorized some products containing glucomannan for the purposes of appetite reduction, weight management, treatment of constipation and management of high cholesterol levels.”
Pretty interesting. Again, I think of them as kind of “non-food”, great to mix with all the other healthy food in your diet.
The NoOodles website has lots of information about the noodles. You can also order them on-line. We are lucky because they are made/packaged a couple miles away from us so our grocery stores carry them. Even our Whole Foods has them. I don’t think they are super available in retail stores around the country. I haven’t seen them anywhere except here. Hopefully that will change. Even though I can buy them at my local grocery store I do tend to order them 0n-line and send them directly to my daughter at college. She really struggles with the gluten free options on campus.
So, “food” for thought. A little something you might want to experiment with.
Eat Well, Feel Great, Have Fun!
Amy White MS HNC
I am a holistic nutrition counselor and believe real food is the true path to wellness. If you are interested in learning more about me and how I can help you, please see my story.
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