Like many things we give up on a diabetic diet, pasta seems to be a difficult one to overcome. Many people are looking to replace traditional noodles with low carb noodles that they can eat without fear of blood sugar spikes. Fortunately, manufacturers are answering the call and there are many more options on the market than ever before.
Before we talk about traditional low carb noodles, I want to tell you about my favorite healthy noodle replacement – spaghetti squash. This stuff is absolutely divine, and because it is a vegetable, has loads of valuable nutrients and zero processing, making it a superior alternative to traditional pasta. Spaghetti squash has a stringy, spaghetti-like texture, so when it is cooked, you simply scrape the inside out with a fork and you have a delicious low carb “noodle” that goes excellently with spaghetti sauce. We eat low carb spaghetti this way:
Saute chopped chicken, green peppers, onions and garlic in olive oil or butter until tender and cooked. Add spaghetti sauce and simmer until warm. Use this to top fresh cooked spaghetti squash. It is utterly divine. Spaghetti squash has 10 grams of carbs per cup – no low carb noodles can beat that, especially with the fiber and nutrient content. The downside is that it can be expensive when compared to pasta. We pay about $7 for one squash, but it gives us two meals for a family of four. If you have a space to grow it, it is as prolific as the other squash varieties.
Low Carb Noodles
Low carb noodles are a great alternative to regular white flour pasta. Because they are considered a “specialty food,” they are often quite a bit more expensive. You can take advantage of Amazon’s Subscribe & Save option to get some of them for relatively cheap, but check with your local store too to see what they carry.
Low Carb Shirataki Noodles
Shirataki noodles are one of the most popular low carb noodles, and most people describe the Miracle Noodle brand as flavorless, so they take on the flavor of the food you cook them with. They have a slightly firm, rubbery texture, similar to very al dente pasta. In terms of cost, the Miracle Noodle shirataki noodles are $.36 per ounce for the regular price, or $.31 for Subscribe & Save, with free shipping as of this writing in June 2012.
Carba-Nada Low Carb Noodles
One of the most popular on Amazon right now, these low carb noodles are highly reviewed, with reviewers saying things like, “this pasta tasted as good as Ronzoni,” and “It has a wonderful taste and texture, and I don’t feel like I am sacrificing ANYTHING by using it.” With a 4.5 star rating, it is one of the highest rated low carb noodles. Carba-Nada noodles are pricey, at nearly $1 per ounce, but if you limit yourself to less frequent pasta meals, it might well be worth the expense for something reputed to taste just like regular noodles.
Dreamfields Low Carb Noodles
Dreamfields, a long-time contender in the low carb pasta game, has a wide range of pasta choices, including this highly rated penne rigate, which is “… a diabetic’s Godsend!” Coming in at somewhere around $.91 per ounce, it is also expensive, but worth the cost for the Dreamfields good reputation for quality, tasty low carb noodles.
List of Low Carb Noodles Brands
These are the top brands that sell low carb noodles, listed in no particular order:
- Miracle Noodle
- Ancient Harvest
- Food For Life
- No Oodles
Overall, if you are looking to replace your pasta with low carb noodles, I recommend working to wean yourself away from pasta and its alternatives. Not only is it costly to replace the traditional stuff, but also not entirely healthy in some cases. Strive toward a diet that is high in natural, whole foods and you will feel better while saving money, things we could all do with.
Do you know of other brands that make low carb noodles? If so, comment to have them added to the list – the more we know, the better we eat.