A great substitute to spaghetti noodles are low carbohydrate Miracle noodles. They have zero calories and zero carbs. Miracle noodles can be found in your local Sprouts Farmers Market, Whole Foods, Walmart, or online from Amazon.com. Please enjoy reading the article below, by Kate Bratskeir.
If You Love Pasta But Not Its Carbs, Let Us Introduce You To Shirataki ‘Miracle’ Noodles.
By Kate Bratskeir
(The Huffington Post) There’s a reason shirataki noodles are branded as “Miracle Noodles (http://www.miraclenoodle.com/).” These translucent, gelatinous Japanese noodles, which are made from the konjac yam (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Konjac), are low in calories and carbohydrates and can be substituted in a variety of recipes that call for pasta.
If you’re in search of carb-free noodles that perfectly mimic the taste and texture of regular spaghetti — a true miracle — keep looking. Like pasta, shirataki noodles are mostly neutral in flavor and can absorb the tastes you cook with. But, shirataki has a slimier consistency and you won’t be able to choose the hardness of your pasta — al dente or otherwise — because the noodles are already “cooked.”
And, very unlike generic, boxed spaghetti, shirataki noodles come pre-packaged in liquid, portioned out in a plastic bag that gets refrigerated. The noodles are watery and emanate a faint, fishy odor (though they’re 100 percent vegan), which comes from the plant they are made from. Shirataki noodle manufacturers recommend rinsing, draining and drying the noodles before using them in dishes — this’ll help reduce the smell. Nevertheless, the pasta alternative is a smart choice for those looking for something gluten-free (http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2014/08/21/gluten-free- pizza_n_5694754.html), low-carb or lighter in calories.
Shirataki noodles are available in many shapes (http://www.house- foods.com/products/Tofu+Shirataki%252FShirataki/) — spaghetti, fettucini, macaroni — and can be purchased plain. Products like Miracle Noodle (http://www.miraclenoodle.com/?gclid=CI3tkbj-wsACFUVo7AodPAUAYQ) and NoOodle Noodles (http://www.nooodle.com/) sell this type, which tends to be extra- slippery, nutritionally void (they are mostly made up of water) and close to calorie- free. Other brands, like House Foods (http://www.house-foods.com/) and Nasoya’s Pasta Zero (http://www.nasoya.com/products/pasta-zero-shirataki-spaghetti) blend the yam flour with tofu or chickpeas, which adds just a few calories and grams of carbohydrates and fiber.
A recent study published in the (http://www.nytimes.com/2014/09/02/health/low- carb-vs-low-fat-diet.html?_r=0)Annals of Internal Medicine (http://annals.org/article.aspx?articleid=1900694) found that a low-carb diet was more effective for losing weight and reducing cardiovascular risks than the low-fat diet, and shirataki noodles certainly earn a win from this nutritional angle.