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Skinny Noodle Package

Fellow eaters may consider a 0 calorie food a miracle. I kind of do, although in my dreams we’re talking pizza, cookies, ice cream or donuts….

MMmmm donuts.

…but I digress.

I decided it was time to put the famous (or is it infamous) Skinny Noodles to the test. I’ve eaten them a few times specifically to review, but never really got around to posting. Mostly because I wasn’t sure how to approach the controversy of it all.

On one hand, a 0 calorie food intrigues me, not because I think I can eat as much of it as I want or use it to reduce my calories to unsafe amounts, but because I believe in "bulking." It was something I learned to do way back in my Weight Watchers days.

As I say in this post I wrote FIVE YEARS AGO, (Holy Shnikes!) I do things like bulk up my chili with zucchini, add fresh fruit to my cereal and my burgers looked more like a salad then anything else. This is "the Volumetric" way of eating and I do it pretty intuitively anymore.

On the other hand, I tend to be suspicious (VERY suspicious) of any food that calls itself "skinny" or "a miracle" and, well, contains 0 calories.

What the heck is it made of?

Good question!

Besides water the main ingredient is Konnyaku Yam Flour (Glucomannan)

Apparently Konnyaku Yam (also know as konjak, konjaku, or konnyaku potato) is cultivated in Japan and looks like this…

Konnyaku Yam (also know as konjak, konjaku, or konnyaku potato)

Puurty.

(Thanks to PseudoGil for the image.)

It’s a root they grind up, turn to flour and make noodles out of. How is that any different then grinding up wheat and making pasta?

For some reason this made me feel a little better. I decided to give it another go last night. Join me on my Skinny Noodle adventure!

First, I cut open the bag and poured the noodles in a fine strainer.

I didn’t notice the "fishy" smell at first, but when you stick your nose right over them there is a distinct odor of seafood. It reminded me of what boiling shrimp or a pile of shrimp shells smell like.

It didn’t bother me much, I just rinsed them and separated the noodles.

They definitely have a gel like texture.

This is when the husband came in and asked what I was doing. When I told him he made his typical grossed out face. I missed it and only got this blur of a smile.

I poured the noodles on a clean kitchen towel to soak up some of the additional water.

Since the noodles have basically no nutritional value I deiced to add some kale in the mix. It’s also super low in calories BUT serves as a nutritional power house. According to WebMD, one cup of kale contains 36 calories, 5 grams of fiber, and 15% of the daily requirement of calcium and vitamin B6 (pyridoxine), 40% of magnesium, 180% of vitamin A, 200% of vitamin C, and 1,020% of vitamin K. It is also a good source of minerals copper, potassium, iron, manganese, and phosphorus.

I heated a skillet over medium-high heat, sprayed it with non-stick cooking spray and add about a cup of kale.

kale in skillet

Toss it for a a minute with 2 tablespoons of water and a pinch of salt and –BAM–

cooked kale

cooked kale.

I added the skinny noodles and tossed it without the kale over the heat until the noodles didn’t stick together as much. About 2 minutes.

The kale got a little crispy and the noodles were warmed through.

The kale and the noodles looked so pretty, this is when I realized I probably could have just sautéed them in a little olive oil and garlic and been done.

But I had homemade sauce and shredded Parmesan cheese!

I have to say, the result was delicious!

I mean, it’s not traditional pasta by any means. The texture is more gel like, but it’s filling, and it gives you that spaghetti mouth feel. At the end of the day, it’s a noodle. It tastes like what ever you put on it. That’s what noodles do.

I don’t think I’d eat it all the time but it makes a great pantry item. Especially for those bottomless pit days when nothing fills you up and you’ve already went way overboard in the food department. Not that I ever do that or anything.

Ok, I’m ready to hear it all in the comments. Thoughts on the noodles? Hate? Love? Curious? Never tried? Lay it on me. I’m sure some of you have pretty strong opinions.

Note: Although I have purchased other brands in the past out of curiosity, Genki USA, Inc. sent me this sample bag back in May of this year. They did not compensate me in any way for writing this post. All opinions expressed are my own. If you are interested in trying Skinny Noodles click here to order them off amazon and I will make a small percentage of the sale.



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There are 24 comments so far.

    Jennyh247

    November 27, 2012

    Have not tried them yet, although I have heard about them in several places. Glad to see your review on them, it helps me add them to the “to be consumed in the future” pile. =)

    Kate D

    November 27, 2012

    “At the end of the day, it’s a noodle. It tastes like what ever you put on it. That’s what noodles do.” – I love that. It’s the reason I’ve had no issues giving up pasta (and other grains) – It’s all really just a vessel to get the good stuff – the sauce – into your mouth! I’ve replaced traditional noodles with spaghetti squash, or more recently, zucchini sliced up with a mandolin and then into fettuccine like strands. Boil it for about 2 minutes, and load up on homemade sauce. :) These “miracle” noodles freak me out. I can’t get past the texture or initial smell. To each their own!

      RoniNoone

      November 27, 2012

      I’m so glad you brought up Spaghetti Squash, that is my noodle of choice as well. Totally forgot to make the correlation.

    Alexis

    November 27, 2012

    I’ve never heard of these noodles before but I may have to find some! Where do you get them!?

      RoniNoone

      November 27, 2012

      I’ve never seen them in stores but have ordered them off Amazon.. click here to order them off amazon… http://amzn.to/SoqlEY

    Jen

    November 27, 2012

    I already know I’d love those noodles!!! I am a noooodle lover!!! Esp ones made of rice or potato or whatever that one is!!! I’d put tofu and some sort of asian hot sauce on mine, though. =) Thanks for sharing, although I can’t believe there’s 0 calories in anything except water!

    ani

    November 27, 2012

    stick with zuchinni spaghetti noodles–I have a spiralizer that is quick and amazing. Or spaghetti squash. Real digestible good food. If you like this great but picture a great big blog of gel sitting in your stomach holding everything else up. Sorry to by TMI-ish but that’s what is in the end! Once in awhile it’s fine but in the long run—no good.

    Kathleen

    November 27, 2012

    Unlurking here to provide my completely biased opinion. GACK! Admittedly, I tried another brand (the one Hungry Girl continues to rave about). I took two bites, gagged, and tossed perfectly good pasta sauce into the trash.
    If these are in any way similar, they will not end up on my “to try” list. I’ll continue to use spaghetti squash or budget the points for whole wheat pasta. IMHO, the fake stuff is not worth it.

    Jennifer Altoff

    November 27, 2012

    I am with you on bulking up foods. Normally I do that with green veggies. This is an interesting alternative. I just don’t know if I can get beyond the smell and the gel texture.

    Cheryll

    November 27, 2012

    I have tried shiratake noodles a few times just to be sure I really don’t like them (because I really like the IDEA of them!)… and I just can’t get past the texture. So rubbery and slimy. Yuck! I’d much rather have zucchini or some whole wheat pasta!

    Laura Jane

    November 27, 2012

    Interesting. I have tried a couple versions of the low calorie noodles. I thought the 40 calorie tofu Shirataki noodles were disgusting! They had a weird smell that I just couldn’t get off and a weird flavor. However, I later tried the 0 calorie miracle noodles, and they actually weren’t bad. They truly had no flavor. The texture was a little weird, but not bad.

    theamandaboat

    November 27, 2012

    Question here, Does it TASTE sea-food like at all?

    Staci

    November 27, 2012

    Ewww. I love spaghetti squash as pasta, and I love whole wheat pasta… but just EWWW. Lol I can’t even get over the solid white color. I scrolled back up to look at it one more time before posting. I just couldn’t try this one. As I was looking at it and my 8-year-old daughter walked in and said “EWW, what’s THAT?” I guess she was echoing my thoughts, huh? :) So I said “It’s some kind of pasta,” to which she replied “It sure doesn’t look like pasta!” and walked off. haha

      Dana

      November 27, 2012

      I’m with you…I would stick with spaghetti squash and skip these noodles.

    Bethany

    November 27, 2012

    I have actually taken Glucomannan as a dietary supplement. It’s considered a dietary fiber that is supposed to suppress your appetite. It’s awesome to see that it’s made into noodles! I’d be interested to know the comparison on the noodles to a supplement as to how much is in each.

    Kris

    November 27, 2012

    The first time, I tried them, I used spaghetti sauce and was not impressed – too watery and the texture was more apparent. However, I tried making them according to Hungry Girl’s “alfredo” recipe and I absolutely love it! Just use 1 wedge Laughing Cow Light, 2 tsp grated parm, and 1 tsp nonfat sour cream. The trick is to wash the noodles *really well* and dry them *really really well*. I add in whatever I have in the fridge – leftover broccoli, portobello, or sauteed shiitakes are great.

    nancy

    November 27, 2012

    I have had these noodles several times and as you said they can fill you up for a low calorie meal but I still want my real pasta too. We need to remember that in some countries that eat pasta they are healthier than we are so it is not just one food item that is the problem but all things considered.

    lee

    November 27, 2012

    I’ve tried these and here is what I thought – I tried the spinach fetticine ones, with grilled chicken, and alfredo sauce and loved them. That said… research them. That is how I found out about the smell. I rinsed mine solidly for 5-10 minutes(which helped get rid of the smell), threw them in a pot of boiling water and drained again. I liked them and just ordered more online. Also… I am one of the few people who LOVE squash…. except spaghetti squash :):)

    Claire Young

    November 28, 2012

    Hi Roni!

    I really enjoyed your post! As someone who is trying to loose weight, I am always dubious of low-fat or reduced-fat products but these noodles look amazing! I will keep an eye out for them in the supermarket! I really liked how you have made healthy eating interesting! Keep up with the posts!

    Claire xx

    jonjaxmom

    November 28, 2012

    nope, sorry… Tried ’em, gagged, and tossed my plate in the trash. Spaghetti squash is so much better, I’ll take the extra 50 calories that a cup of squash provides!

    Chantelle

    November 28, 2012

    I LOVE that you posted about these noodles–I’ve seen/heard about them, but never tried them yet! It was nice to get your honest opinion–I think I’m going to have to track some down to try. Thanks :)

    nancy

    November 29, 2012

    Roni thank you for the nutritional information you also give. I eat kale for breakfast because it keeps me filled and I don’t snack in the morning at school.
    But it has a lot of good things that will help me grow tissue on my bad leg. So I need to keep it in my diet.

    Trista Jamieson

    November 29, 2012

    Hungry Girl kept talking about ’em on her show, and I decided to give them a try. I’m with others, I took one bite and was like “No…these are not noodles!” They’re not for me.

    Paula

    November 29, 2012

    I used a version of this noodle. Hungry Girl had a recipe in one of her cookbooks so I figured what the heck. I tried them. Not noodles, but cover them with enough gravy/sauce and you can get them down.