When I'm trying to drop a few pounds, one of the first things I try to cut out of my diet, along with bread and the other obvious (ie. nice) stuff, is pasta. So when we received a press release for a product called Slim Pasta, I was intrigued. Could this be the answer to my carb dreams?
Slim Pasta is made of a vegetable called moyu or konjac which is high in fibre but very low in calories and low in carbohydrates. Amazingly, Slim Pasta (Slim Rice and Slim Noodles are also available) contains only 7.7 calories per 100g serving, in comparison to standard pasta brands, that on average contain around 350 calories per 100g serving. In addition to this, the Slim Pasta range is gluten free making it suitable for coeliacs so it has benefits beyond those for weight watchers.
But what does it taste like?
Ok so in the packet I was thinking this doesn't look very appetising at all, and when I opened the pack, things didn't get much better. It doesn't look the best - it's a very bright, kind of translucent white colour. Plus there is quite a strong starchy smell from it which does disappear when you rinse it in water. (It needs to be drained very well or you'll have a watery bolognese.) You then heat it for a few minutes on the hob, or for a minute in the microwave. Like standard varieties of pasta, rice and noodles, the Slim Pasta range is flavourless and requires you to add a sauce of your choice.
And...once it is heated and you add your sauce, it's not bad, not bad at all!
It does have a slightly different texture to normal pasta (a little more rubbery), but nothing major and aside from that it pretty much tastes like pasta. It left me feeling full all evening. I'll definitely be keeping a pack or two of this in the press for quick, easy, low calorie meals.
Slim Pasta range also includes Slim Noodles and Slim Rice RRP €2.99 and available in health food stores, supermarkets and pharmacies nationwide.