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Friday, October 31, 2008

Wildwood Low Calorie Pasta Slim Noodles

wildwood pasta slim noodlesA few months ago when I did a posting on whole wheat spaghetti, I mentioned that I am not a huge fan of tofu noodles. Overall I think it is awesome that they are so amazingly low calorie, but at the same time, the tofu after-taste that accompanies them makes the noodles much less appealing. Also, I always figured that an extra 150 calories for real whole wheat noodles and more normal spaghetti wasn't the end of the world by any means.

However, shortly after I did the posting, I discovered Wildwood pasta slim noodles at my local Andronicos. I purchased a spinach flavored fettuccine flavor (the one on the left) hoping it would taste more like spinach noodles and less like tofu. And it did! It is really good (if you like spinach)! As you would expect, the noodles are made from tofu and are totally vegan, high in fiber, and are gluten free. The *whole bag* (2 servings, or 200g) is 50 calories, 6 grams of fiber, 2 grams of protein, and 0 grams of fat, making it 0 weight watchers points. Not bad if you are craving some spinach fettuccine for a low calorie lunch or low calorie dinner!

I've never tried the non-spinach spaghetti version since I like the spinach one so much, so if you have please let me know if it is better than the other brands that are out there.

In terms of finding these noodles, it might be tricky. I have yet to see them at Whole Foods which sells other Wildwood products. In any event they have a nice store locator on their site, which might be helpful.

Enjoy!
Juliet

26 comments:

balance, joy and food! said...

50 cal the package? that's so low in cal. What are they made from?

Juliet said...

Hi Balance Joy and Food!

Here is the ingredient list:

water, pulmone tofu ( water, non-gmo soybeans, calcium sulfate, glucono delta lactone), konjac flour, spinach powder.

By the way -- here's some text on glucono delta lactone from ener-g.com:

"Glucono-delta-lactone (GDL) does not contain lactose, gluten, and being derived from rice, it's corn-free as well!.

GDL is produced by the fermentation of glucose. The glucose is rice derived. Glucono-Delta-Lactone is further separated by crystallization. GDL is soluble in water and is non-toxic and completely metabolized in our bodies."

Lastly, I wanted to tell you that this isn't the only brand that makes uber-low calorie tofu noodles... I am just not a big fan of other(Tofu Shirataki -- which you can buy at Whole Foods).

Juliet

Erica said...

Ow! I love your blog. Great product reviews! I must check back in more often!

joanna said...

i bought a bag of these last week at whole foods because they sounded soo good. it's a different brand, but they're still tofu noodles. i haven't had a chance to cook with them yet, but i'm excited. i got the spaghetti. did you eat yours with sauce? i was planning on throwing them in soup because i wasn't sure if they would taste good with pasta sauce.

Anonymous said...

I've have called every store on the store locator in Atlanta. Can you buy these online?

Juliet said...

Hey anonymous,

I doubt it. They need to be refrigerated so selling them online would be tricky.

I don't like them nearly as much but if you are dying to have them, you can try Tofu Shirataki in the mean time. They can usually be found at Whole Foods in the salsa/hummus refrigerated section. They are equally as low in calorie, just not spinach flavored (which is why I love these).

Juliet

Juliet said...

Joanna:

I've tried all sorts of different toppings for them. I think they'd be great in a soup. Just make sure you cook and rinse them and then pat them dry before you put them into your broth (so your soup doesn't get that aftertaste -- I'm assuming you bought the non-spinach flavored kind).

I've totally eaten them with marinara sauce, as well as low fat sour cream, cottage cheese, mozzarella cheese and pepper (pretty random, eh?). The cool part of them being so low calorie is that you can put almost anything on these noodles without having to feel guilty.

Let us know what you think!
Juliet

eatingbender said...

These look great! I thought tofu shirataki was alright, but felt the same way about the after taste. I'll be on the lookout for these - haven't seen them yet, though!

Caitlin (see bride run) said...

tofu noodles!! i've never heard of those. i must find them!

Joanna said...

hey juliet! i make up some of the recipes i put on my blog. i usually just use a recipe and then make adaptations to it.

Rosa's Yummy Yums said...

Interesting pasta! Nice reviews...

Cheers,

Rosa

eatme_delicious said...

Oh cool I've never even heard of tofu noodles. I'll have to keep an eye out for those.

Coinage & Verbiage said...

Howdy All,

I am also a huge fan of these WildWood pastas, and just thought I would pass along (for those of you in the Bay Area) that they carry both the spaghetti and the fettucine at Farmer Joe's grocery store on Fruitvale Avenue in Oakland. It's a great store, and you'll find the pastas in the veggie/vegan refrigerated section on the produce side of the store. Good luck!

Cheers,

Jennifer

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Anonymous said...

these sound so good, but i cant seem to find them anywhere and the store locator is only is the US any ideas where i can find noodles like these in canada

Lindsay said...

Are the Wildwood pasta slim noodles the same texture or simular in texture to the shirataki noodles? The taste was not bothersome at all to me, but the texture... i just couldnt do. what do you think? Thanks!

debbie T said...

FYI in the January 2010 vegetarian times mag, there is a coupon to try it for free! Thanks for your recommendation and review of this product. I hope to try it soon!

J Corbin said...

Just tried them for the first time - really like the flavor but am struggling with the texture - a little on the rubbery side.... is that normal for a tofu noodle? Should I cook them longer? (I was afraid they'd get pasty, but I guess since there's not really a flour in there, they shouldn't)....

Suggestions on getting past the bounciness of these noodles or should I just learn to love it?

reduce colestrol said...

Interesting, I wonder if people concentrate on just their total cholesterol level, or individual HDL and LDL levels

Anonymous said...

I just tried the spaghetti version tonight and they are TERRIFIC. I kinda like the "rubbery" texture - it's very reminiscent of shitaki mushrooms and bean thread noodles, both of which I LOVE. Can't wait to try the spinach version with olive oil and garlic.

I found these in Kensington Market in Toronto, Ontario, Canada. If you're looking for them, print out the information from the website and bring it to your local Health Food Store and ask them to order the product. It never hurts to ask, and it always helps to have a picture and all the product information so your local merchant can see "what the heck you're talking about".

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Grin said...

This is an excellent site. However, I want to weigh in on these noodles. The flavor is fine if you rinse them well but they are so very rubbery that I just can't stand how they feel in my mouth. If you like rubbery things like Calamari you'll probably be okay with these but I can't stand anything rubbery so I just make myself like 'em.

PrincessSteph said...

I just had the non-spinach ones and at 20 calories for the whole package they were delicious!!! i could eat them any day and twice on Tuesday!

PrincessSteph said...

I just had the non-spinach ones and at 20 calories for the whole package they were delicious!!! i could eat them any day and twice on Tuesday!

Sarah said...

I just tried the spaghetti noodles... so good! I didn't experience any after taste either :)

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