Lessons In Moderation

Review: Shirataki Noodles
June 4, 2010, 1:30 pm
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In this month’s Shape I read a blurb about “Miracle Noodles” and how they are a great no carb, very low cal option to pasta.  As a carboholic I was intrigued.  I did some Googling on Tuesday and found that pricy Miracle Noodles are essentially Shirataki Noodles, which are thin Japanese noodles consisting mostly composed of a dietary fiber called glucomannan and contain very few calories and carbohydrates (sometimes even zero). 

I grabbed two packages at Whole Foods and decided to make a lo mein type dish with the noodles, soy sauce, a bit of peanut sauce and tons of veggies.  The noodles come packed in liquid (water?) and from my research I learned that there might be a slight fishy smell but that would go away if the noodles were rinsed.  That made me a little paranoid because my husband hates seafood and I was nervous if the smell didn’t dissipate there would be a fishy taste as well.  Luckily after rinsing the smell was gone. 

The noodles come ready to eat and can be boiled for a few minutes to heat up.  I decided to add them to my wok and simmered the noodles, veggies and sauce for a while so the noodles would really absorb the flavor.

Final verdict? GROSS!!!! The noodles didn’t have much taste so it wasn’t the flavor that bothered me it was the texture.  Just way to rubbery/squishy.  I was not expecting this to taste like a regular noodle, I can deal with pasta substitutes like spaghetti squash but this was just to gross for me.  I ate the veggies but had to throw away the noodles. 

Nutritionally they are great, but I don’t think any amount of sauce or other good stuff in a dish could make up for that texture.

Have you tried them and had a different experience?


Food Review: Siggi’s
June 3, 2010, 8:43 pm
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Some of my favorite food bloggers have been featuring Siggi’s yogurt for a while now, but I had a hard time finding it at any of my local grocery stores.  I was on the road for work today and stopped in random Stop & Shop hoping to find a salad bar to make a quick salad to go.  I didn’t find a salad bar but I did find Siggi’s!

I decided to go with the pomegranate and passion fruit and let me tell you…I’m in LOVE! The texture is very thick and the flavor was very strong and tart, which I love.  I noticed that I ate it much slower than I would usually eat yogurt because of the consistency and the strong flavor. 

I paired the Siggi’s with Weight Watcher potato, broccoli and cheddar frozen meal and ate them both when I got back to my office and the Siggi’s definitely saved the day.  I really try to stay away from packaged foods like that and it just wasn’t good.  I remember when I LOVED frozen meals…my tastes are definitely changing.

I based on my first experience with Siggi’s I would deffo recommend it and look forward to trying other flavors.  At only 120 calories, it’s a low cal and very filling snack.

Food Review: Thomas’s Bagel Thins
April 14, 2010, 3:01 pm
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I recently saw a tweet that mentioned Thomas’ new Bagel Thins and I was intrigued.  I love bagels but I’m scared of them because of all the carbs! A bagel for 110 calories?  That’s too good to be true…. or so I thought.

My local supermarket only had them in plain (I would prefer whole wheat and I can’t wait to try the everything!) so I bought a package and had one as soon as I got home and let me tell you… It was great! You get the same crisp on the outside, and a bit squishy on the inside texture that you have with a normal bagel, because it is a normal bagel, only thinner.  I occasionally buy mini bagels, but I always end up having at least two because they look so tiny.  These give you the appearance of a normal sized bagel, so your mind won’t play tricks on you.

I equate this to the 100 cal packs of my favorite snacks.  By making the bagel thinner it’s automatic portion control and you can top this bad boy with lots of healthy proteins to have a very filling breakfast, lunch or dinner.  Essentially it’s the “scooped bagel” concept Bethenny Frankel talks about in her book Naturally Thin, but without the hassle.

I 100% recommend you try these if you are a bagel lover.  You won’t be disappointed.  I’m hoping they come out with an onion flavor soon because onion bagels are my favorite!!!

Review: Smart One English Muffin Sandwich
October 28, 2009, 8:38 pm
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Let me start off this post with the fact that I generally like Smart Ones.  Although they are very processed and high in sodium,  they make a decent choice if you are in a rush for lunch one day and need something you can grab quick on your way out the door.

I actually used to eat Smart Ones quite regularly, which isn’t necessarily a good thing.  I realize that now that I’m focused on eating healthy food not just low calories. 

I have been sticking to eating oatmeal almost every morning for breakfast because it’s quick, easy and it fills me up until lunch.  While flipping through some magazines last weekend I noticed an ad for Smart Ones breakfast food.  In the supermarket on Monday I saw them in the freezer section and decided to give them a try.  I bought the English muffin sandwich which consists of egg whites, cheese and an english muffin.

My recommendation…not worth it.  Cooking the sandwich entails wrapping it in a paper towel and nuking it for a minute and a half then flipping and nuking for another 30 seconds.  This results in a soggy messy that gets stuck to the paper towel.  Maybe wrapping in wax paper might be better? Flavor was blah, consistency was blah but it did do a relatively good job keeping me somewhat satisfied until lunch.

I’m all for quick breakfasts because I feel like I’m always rushing in the morning, but for the amount of time it took me to heat up this sub par sandwich I could have toasted my own english muffin, cracked an egg in a small bowl, add a splash of milk  and a dash of salt and pepper, cover it and throw it in the microwave for a minute, slap on a piece of cheese and I would have a much more flavorful result in just about the same amount of time.

So I say no way to Smart Ones breakfast.

Here is my food recap from yesterday.  A pounding headache and sore throat kept me from eating too much at dinner but I definitely made up for it in some candy I ate today!! 🙂

b-fast: Smart One sammy (210 cals)

lunch: salad with light Italian dressing and chix (250 cals)

snack: Chobani (140)

snack: banana (105)

dinner: small bowl of beef stew (didn’t finish it all) and english muffin with butter (300 cals)

total: 1050 – this is on the low side but it’s ok because I was listening to my body’s cues. I was feeling under the weather yesterday and I just didn’t feel like dinner.  I more than made up for it today! 🙂

exercise: 1 hour of power yoga!