As many of you know, I am a lifetime member of Weight Watchers, having successfully lost weight on the program in 2006 while I was in University. After having my third baby in the summer, I am back on program, getting back to my healthy goal weight. I delivered at 237lb and my goal is 167 lb. I’m currently at 195, so half way there!
I love the Weight Watchers freestyle program so far, because it is very closely aligned to my nutrition philosophy. I do not eat gluten, dairy, grains, nightshades or legumes, because I have auto-immune and inflammation issues in my body. I call my way of doing Weight Watchers “paleo-ish” or whole30-ish.”
I try to basically eat meat, vegetables, some low starch fruit, nuts and seeds.
Though I can eat rice noodles without too many issues, I am really trying to minimize the starch and “anything white” in my diet at the moment.
I recently discovered a wonderful substitute for noodles that is ZERO POINTS!
The Sea Tangle Kelp Noodles. I am quite adventurous and always trying new things so I am happy to tell you what they are like. Sometimes I buy random things from the health food store and they are shit, and I throw things out. BUT, these were such a pleasant surprise and are a staple now in my house. I don’t miss rice noodles very much anymore.
The best price I can find for these kelp noodles (they are $10 in our local health food store) is on Amazon, at $8.92 for a bag. If you are in Canada, you can order them from Amazon through LuckyVitaminCA – otherwise, please make sure you don’t pay more than $10 for a 12 ounce bag. There’s some crazy listing prices on Amazon! $60 for a 12 oz bag? eff no!
So what are Kelp noodles actually like?
They look and act like noodles, until you put them in your mouth and they crunch like a fresh beansprout. They are absolutely fantastic in salads, but I personally enjoy them most in a stirfry with chicken and broccoli, which is 1 point for the oil I cook in!
You don’t have to cook them (win) – I throw them in for the last 30 seconds or so to heat up slightly and mix them in whatever I’m cooking. Or I plate them on the side. Depends.
One of my food addictions is crunchiness, which is why I love kettle chips and almonds so much… but now I reach for these out of the bag if I need that sensation. I highly recommend these if this is your vice, as well!
There is no taste to them. I’ve tried all sorts of interesting noodles from the health food store, including bean based, tofu based, root vegetable, and shirataki based noodles and they all had kind of a weird fishy smell. These do not, which is surprising as they are kelp.
Kelp is a superfood and if you have autoimmune or inflammation issues (arthritis, injuries, etc.) in your body, it’s all the more important for you to be getting some sea vegetables each day.
Natural ingredients (and only three of them.) . These noodles are nice and clean … they have only three things in them:
1.) Kelp (a sea vegetable)
2.) Sodium alginate (sodium salt extracted from a brown seaweed)
What’s the nutritional details, then?
I wish this showed the details on minerals though, because they are an excellent source of some very critical things for your body including iodine.
Kelp Noodles are fat-free, gluten-free, and very low in carbohydrates and calories. If you look at the details above, there’s 6 calories in a good 4 ounce portion (I roughly estimate that this is about a cup)
So there you go! If you are feeling adventurous, certainly give them a try.
Click on the picture to buy them if you are interested. I do make a small commission off of Amazon with purchases, but I’d never recommend anything I don’t l-o-v-e so I am happy to say that these come with rave reviews from me!
And here’s something I *CAN* show ya. As I wrote this article, I recorded my lunch. A beautiful big bowl of stirfried Chicken, Broccoli and kelp noodles and tadaaaa. Check out that beautiful little number. 1. ONE POINT! If I do this every day… well…