Wednesday, January 23, 2013

Slim Pasta Review - guilt free carbs!

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.

PR sample

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  1. Would love to knowhow many propoints they are X

    1. A big fat ZERO propoints. Carb free, cal free, fat free and full of fiber, a weight watchers dream :) I just had a pack today for lunch (added a few bits for flavour) I thought it was lush and filling!

  2. I just saw this on expose and was wondering about it, delighted to see a review!

  3. I bought some in H&B last month & just ordered another batch under the buy one get second half price offer. Really, they are too expensive for everyday use but ok for the odd time.

  4. I tried this today, and it was disgusting. It's like chewing on elastic bands. The texture is literally like rubber elastic bands. I couldn't chew it at all, I basically had to swallow it whole. Whoever markets this should be absolutely ashamed. It's nothing like pasta.

  5. just had the penne - doused it in pesto and black pepper but thought it was very unpleasant: chewy, tasteless and doesn't resemble pasta. will try again though, have ordered the noodles. it is filling and it's hard to ignore the benefits of practically zero calories!

  6. Terrible. As said above. Its like eating rubber bands. Also smells like seafood. It is totally weird to eat. Nothing like pasta.

    If you eat without chewing or smelling it could be ok. But I like to chew, smell and taste my food. So it was a terrible experience.

    When you buy it, just buy 1 packet from woollies and try it. Don't make the mistake of buying several like I did.


  7. It's best not to think of this as a pasta replacement, as it tastes nothing like pasta. It does resemble glass noodles though, and works better in stir fries or soup dishes. I actually prefer the rice version, as the grains are small so feel less chewy and hold the taste of the meal well.

  8. I like this stuff! I'd class it as healthy diet food that tastes like unhealthy(ish) carbs - I just had some slim rice with curry. The differences aren't that strong if you rinse it and drain it well before cooking. Like someone said, it's hard to ignore the low calories!


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