Now that I've commited to getting healthy for good, I'm digging up all of the tips and tricks from the dusty "Diet and Excerise" folder in the back of my mental filing cabinet.
A couple of years ago, a friend of mine who went on the calorie-restrictive HCG diet told me about Tofu Shirataki noodles. One serving is only 20 calories, and a whole bag (8 oz.) is only 40! And not only are they low in calories, but because they're made of tofu and yam powder, they're low-carb too--just 3g per serving. Whaaa..?! Definitely too good to be true.
I was intrigued, but I must have been in one of my haughty "I don't care if I'm fat; I'm going to eat whatever I want!" phases. (Can one still call a time span a "phase" if it lasts four years?) Well, I'm not in that phase anymore. Remembering what she said about this miracle product, I did my research online and discovered that she wasn't just telling a cruel joke; they really do exist!
I ordered a 10-pack of the fettucine-style noodles from Amazon. After shipping, the cost was $26.30. Sounds pricey, but at just $2.63 a pop for the ability to eat some of my fat-girl favorites free of residual guilt, it's really a bargain. They arrive next Wednesday.
But Wednesday is an eternity away! I can't wait that long! So yesterday, I went to the grocery store with fingers crossed and voila! There they were in the tofu section. I picked up a pack of the spaghetti-style noodles for just $2.29. (Yes, way cheaper than ordering online, but at least I'll have my own stockpile now.)
Last night, I cooked up some baked salmon and zucchini. I served it with rice for my stringbean of a boyfriend (love him) and noodles for me. And it was good! And I was FULL! I haven't been truly full since I started this health kick two weeks ago. I had to save the rest for lunch today.
As a Filipino girl, I'm used to my entrees being served on a huge bed of rice. We like to balance the strong flavors of our dishes with the plain, mild flavor of steamed rice. I feel like the sky's the limit on cooking now that I have these noodles in my life.
O-M-G, I just wrote a whole blog about these noodles. Ha!
Below is a link for anyone interested. (Make sure you follow the rinsing, heating, drying instructions.)
P.S. I lost 12 lbs in my first two weeks! I know a lot of it was "water weight" or whatnot, but it feels hella good to say that.