It's NOT a battle of strength, wit, or beauty -- it's a battle of NOODLES!!!!!! Read on for HG's latest (and possibly greatest!) food fight...
People LOVE pasta. Unfortunately, it can be a calorie-counter's worst nightmare. So delicious... so addictive... soooo packed with calories! Not anymore. HG has sniffed out TWO guilt-free pasta swaps, and today they're going toe-to-toe -- or strand-to-strand (we're not sure noodles have toes). Who will win? Keep reading and find out.
FiberGourmet Pasta ($3.29 - $6.82 for a 4 - 5-serving box) Weighing in at 120 - 130 calories, 1g fat, 80mg - 120mg sodium, 42 - 43g carbs, 18 - 20g fiber, 0 - 2g sugars, 7g protein and a PointsPlus® value of 4* per 2 ounces uncooked.
House Foods Tofu Shirataki Noodles ($1.89 - $2.20 for a 2-serving bag)
Weighing in at 120 - 130 calories, 1g fat, 80mg - 120mg sodium, 42 - 43g carbs, 18 - 20g fiber, 0 - 2g sugars, 7g protein and a PointsPlus® value of 4* per 2 ounces.
Nutritionals & Varieties
FiberGourmet Pasta - With just 120 - 130 calories and 1g fat per 2-oz. serving, FiberGourmet has 40% fewer calories than real pasta. And it packs no less than a whopping 18 grams of fiber into each serving as well. That's HUGE!!! It comes in a variety of colors and flavors -- Classic, Spinach, Tomato, Garlic Parsley, and Whole Wheat -- but they all taste VERY similar.
House Foods Tofu Shirataki Noodles - With just 10 calories and a measly half gram of fat (plus 2g fiber!) per serving, these noodles are the world's best kept secret. Ounce for ounce, you can literally eat TEN times as much of these as regular pasta, for the same calories. THAT makes us happy. They're also super-low in sodium (15mg), and they come in four different shapes -- Fettuccine, Spaghetti, Angel Hair, and Macaroni.
The Winner - House Foods Tofu Shirataki! We like to eat HUGE bowls of pasta. And while FiberGourmet's stats are impressive, we often eat what is considered 2 - 3 servings at a time. And at 130 calories a shot (for most flavors), those numbers add up. 30 calories = better than 390, when it comes to just one part of a meal! And that Angel Hair Tofu Shirataki RULES.
Taste & Texture
FiberGourmet Pasta - We've gotta hand it to FiberGourmet -- their pasta tastes EXACTLY like the real thing, right down to the authentic "al dente" texture. These noodles are unbelievable tasting. Right on target. In fact, they're almost TOO good.
House Foods Tofu Shirataki Noodles - In all honesty, as much as we obsess over Tofu Shirataki, it's simply not for everyone. These "noodles" are more slippery than regular pasta. We've heard from people who simply can't get into the texture of 'em, and that's okay. It leaves more on the shelves for the true Tofu Shirataki fans. (Personally, we LOVE everything about 'em.)
The Winner - FiberGourmet. If you're going for true pasta taste and consistency, FiberGourmet takes it.
Convenience (Findability & Preparation)
FiberGourmet Pasta - This stuff is mostly available online. You can also find it at some kosher, gourmet and health foods stores (click here for a list). As for prepping these noodles, you just cook them like regular pasta. So it's simple, but slightly time-consuming (waiting for water to boil can be annoying when you're hungry!).
House Foods Tofu Shirataki Noodles - These are available through a slew of online retailers, but they do tend to sell out FAST. They're sold at many Japanese, diet and specialty stores, and they're also becoming increasingly easy to spot at local grocery stores -- just look for them with the other refrigerated Asian items. When it comes to getting these noodles from package to plate, it does require draining (they come suspended in a bag of lime water), rinsing, and blotting them VERY well. You may also want to run a knife or some kitchen shears through 'em since the noodles are usually VERY long. But once you get that part down (it's second nature to us now), it's heat 'n eat!
The Winner - It's a tie. Neither of these products is as readily available as regular pasta. And while cooking FiberGourmet is a pain, so is draining and drying Tofu Shirataki. So there.
FiberGourmet Pasta - These noodles can be used in almost any pasta dish. They hold sauce well, too. The only problem is, they do tend to get a bit mushy if overcooked, especially if you try using them in soups, casserole dishes and other baked recipes.
House Foods Tofu Shirataki Noodles - Gotta love the Tofu Shirataki.
Not only can you turn it into a mean Fettuccine Alfredo (aka Fettuccine Hungry Girlfredo), but it also ROCKS in soups, stir-frys, and casseroles (pretty much EVERYWHERE!).
The Winner - This category goes to House Foods Tofu Shirataki. There are a zillion ways to cook with it! (Click here for a few.)
The Votes Are In!
And the winner is... HOUSE FOODS TOFU SHIRATAKI!!!
Here's the story. You KNOW we're obsessed with Tofu Shirataki. We use it in EVERYTHING and eat it like it's going out of style (FYI, it ISN'T!). We just can't get over the fact that you can start a meal with TWO full packages (which gives you a TREMENDOUS bowl of noodles) for just 40 calories. That leaves you PLENTY of room to add fun sauces, chicken, shrimp, veggies, etc. -- whatever you want to round out the meal -- and keep it totally guilt-free. That being said, we LOOOOOVE FiberGourmet as well. And there is a time and place for it. If you're a pasta fan who wants the flavor and feel of straight-up spaghetti, or if you're craving hearty noodles that you can coat with tomato sauce, FiberGourmet may be a better bet for you. Truth be told, we think both options are super and worth checking out. Click here for more about House Foods Tofu Shirataki and here for the full scoop on FiberGourmet.
Congratulations to both of today's noodley competitors.
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