I’ve tried a few types of ‘no-cal’ noodles on here so I wasn’t that excited when I heard that Slendier, ANOTHER brand was launching here – but then friends in Australia, where the brand originated, started raving about them and so I figured I’d best give them a try. And I’m really glad I did.
I wasn’t sure this was going to be the case when I opened the parcel that they sent me and noticed they’d given me Fettuccini and Spaghetti varieties to try. From my past experience with the noodles I’d decided they worked well with Asian style dishes, but I really wasn’t sure about using them to replace pasta. They were just a bit too soft and slimy – pasta is supposed to be dry and chewy. Still, trying the 5:2 diet will make you do all sorts of odd things in attempts to save calories so I was willing to give things a go. I bought a pot of tomato and bacon pasta sauce (90 calories per half pot), threw in a handful of kale and 50g of ham (60 calories) and left that lot to simmer while tackling the noodles.
They suggest a serving size of half a pack. As they come in a bag of water and are tightly wound together, trying to work out how to divide them and store them was more than my fast addled brain could cope with, so I ate the lot. Hey, it was 10 extra calories, I figured I’d cope! To cook them, you rinse them in cool water then put them in a bowl of hot water for a minute. I did this, but they seemed a bit lukewarm and I like my food piping hot, so, I drained them and threw them in the pan with the pasta sauce. A lot of vigorous stirring (which probably burned more calories than the things contain) later all the noodles were suitably sauce coated and it was time to eat. Sadly, I was so hungry I forgot to photograph it. Just imagine, a bowl of transparent spaghetti in red sauce – how they got the stuff in the picture to look beige is beyond me!.
The noodles are definitely firmer than the other brands I’d tried – depending how you want to look at it, it could be like you’re eating a chewy mushroom or that you’re munching on an elastic band, and while they’re not pasta, they aren’t bad. I slightly preferred the Fettuccini to the Spaghetti.The only thing you do need to watch out for is that they release a lot of water back into the bowl which can make whatever sauce you’re consuming them with a bit watery. The whole meal added up to 170 calories – while other brands I’ve tried claim to have no calories, Slendier fess up to 8 calories per 100 grams – and did keep me more full than the soup I’d normally been having on fast days.
I also, kind of, escaped some of the problems I’d had with the noodles and bloating in the past. For those who don’t know how the noodles can contain so few calories they’re made of an indigestible fibre called konjac which simply passes through your system. When I’d tried the noodles in the past I’d suffered some serious stomach size enhancing bloating about 3-4 hours later. Which sucked. I’m eating these things to make my stomach smaller for heaven sake. With these, I didn’t get the stomach swelling, although I admit, there was, erm, increased gas based evidence of fermentation, the next day. But being female of course I don’t have such bodily functions so let’s pretend I never told you that. Move along. Nothing to see here.
If you want to try them, in the UK they are selling via Ocado – or check this page on their website to find actual shops to buy them in. Aussie and NZ readers who haven’t found them yet, they’re in the main supermarkets like Coles, Woolworths, New World and PakNSave, but check the website here to find exact details. Both websites also include heaps of recipes to try.
If you want to see the other noodles I’ve tried, here’s the posts to click on…..