Miracle & Skinny Noodle Challenge – No Carbs, No Calories, Delish!

May 09, 2016

Hi My Blog Friends!  I hope all of you had a wonderful Mother’s Day! Mine was fun filled eating all weekend with the kiddos and hubby and my Mom and Dad!! So back to using special tricks to maintain my weight. As you all know, my New Year’s resolution this year was to lose weight. Thanks so much for all of your support and encouragement – it’s been a huge game-changer to have encouragement from all of you!

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Here I was before at a company Christmas party with my head cabinet guy Jerry and his sweet family!

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And here I was just a few weeks ago and 45 lbs thinner with my daughter Sammy. I’m  only ten pounds away from finally reaching my weight loss goals, but am also fine if I can just stay and maintain where I am!!! Although the Ideal Protein Diet plan has been the secret to the diet’s success (read more about that here!), eating meals at night that are both satisfying and tasty has also been crucial.  I’ve tried so many diets in the past where I lose weight only to gain it all back (and then some) within a few months. But, this year, I think I’ve discovered a new trick to help me keep the pounds off for good, and I love it so much I want you to know about it!!

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As they say, losing weight and keeping it off is all about changing your lifestyle, which is easier said than done if you’re a carb-loving, bread-addicted, pasta fanatic like me! After all, I did marry an Italian. But substituting the things I love for healthier alternatives (that still satisfy any cravings) has been the key for me…..

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Enter: the Skinny Noodle!!! Skinny Shirataki Noodles are gluten free, fat free, soy free, preservative free and made in the USA! Plus, they’re an excellent source of fiber, which is so important for digestive health and disease prevention. Each serving contains at least 3 grams. But what I love the most is that there are only 10 calories max in each 4-oz. serving; some noodle shapes have zero calories.

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The noodles are made from a fibrous root native to Asia called konnyaku. It was first discovered in China about 2000 years ago and has been consumed in Japan for over 1200 years. Konnyaku was originally consumed in the form of a block and has more recently been transformed into the thin gelatinous noodles I’m obsessed with. My entire family likes these noodles as much as traditional pasta, rice and other starches, and this has so helped me maintain my weight loss!!!

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Miracle Noodles and Skinny Shirataki Noodles seem to be the same to me. I ordered mine on Amazon by the case. I’m not a recipe follower, so each time I make it (and we eat it at least three times a week!), different dishes are created. They’re just like pasta in terms of versatility. You can pair them with tomato sauce, roasted veggies, Chinese-style stir fry, alfredo sauce and add in whatever protein you like, chicken, shrimp, etc.

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Here’s the start of one of my latest creations!

I put organic low-sodium chicken broth in a pan and added some chopped cauliflower rice, available from the produce section of HEB or Trader Joes. Then, I add sliced mushrooms….

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And cut up 3 or 4  heirloom tomatoes. I have fresh rosemary in my garden, so I always add a few sprigs. Let it simmer.

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I always change it up, but this time, I added these spices to taste: garlic salt, crushed chili pepper flakes, grey truffle salt, dried basil, and a bay leaf.

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The noodles are pre-cooked and stored in a bag with liquid around them. You drain the noodles in a colander and rinse them with water. Warning: they do have a funny smell when you open the bag and rinse. But don’t worry, once dinner’s complete, the noodles don’t smell or taste funny. I add them to the pan and stir and cut the noodles so they aren’t so long. Then I simmer for about 10 minutes so the noodles absorb the sauce and all the flavors meld.

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It was so yummy! My family eats a bag a piece!!! So I mix 4 bags into whatever sauce I make each time. This is made with the Miracle fettuccine noodles, but I like the angel hair  noodle size the best.

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I love trying it with different proteins! I made this dish of the Skinny noodles with kale and salmon.

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We had a challenge in our office to see who could come up with the best recipe, and here are two of the dishes we tasted.

Enter the Miracle & Skinny Noodle Challenge and Win Segreto Style!!!!!

I want to hear about the dishes you make with Skinny noodles, so I’m challenging you to take the Skinny Noodle Cooking Challenge!

The challenge is simple: send me your recipes (and any photos you have of the finished dish). Then either 1) subscribe to this blog if you are not yet on our list, 2) follow us on Instagram and leave a comment below, or 3) if you’re already following us on Instagram, you can also enter by sharing this post on Facebook and then leaving a comment below!

The contest is only open until Friday, June 10th at noon, and we’ll reveal the winner in the following week’s post! Good luck!!!

We’ll post our favorites to the blog and pick a winner based on creativity and taste. The winner of the challenge will receive a signed copy of Segreto Style, so tell all of your friends!!!

Click here to submit your recipe! Can’t wait to see what you come up with!!

Hope you all have a wonderful week! Till next week!

xo, Leslie

  • michele@hellolovely
    Posted at 07:48h, 09 May Reply

    omg. i am a carb fanatic as well and need these options desperately. i am only 4 pounds over my ideal weight right now but what is difficult for me is stepping away from the bread and pasta. additionally, i find when i exercise regularly, i get ravenously hungry and crave huge portions of everything. so i plan to try your noodles. thanks, lovely. peace to you.

  • classic•casual•home
    Posted at 09:48h, 09 May Reply

    YOU look so GOOD! Just in time for bathing suit season.

    I am on board. I want to try this! Thanks so much. Happy belated Mother’s Day.
    Mary Ann

  • Cathy
    Posted at 10:12h, 09 May Reply

    Hello Leslie,
    Thank you for sharing! I need to go on a diet and this is very encouraging. My tastes buds have changed since I have gotten older. Some say it happens around Menopause. I don’t taste spices like I used to. Everything tastes blah. The only thing that tastes really good is sugar and I can still taste sour things too. Needless to say eating too much sugary foods is really bad for you, so I need to do something about it. I lost 22 lbs. about 3 or 4 years ago. I kept it off for 3 years. Now it has all come back. I’m going to look into your diet. It looks delicious!

  • Suzi
    Posted at 10:59h, 09 May Reply

    Leslie you look great! Hope you had a great Mother’s Day.

    • Leslie Sinclair
      Posted at 03:26h, 12 May Reply

      Thank you! I did! I had two of my three home! Hope yours was good as well!

  • Natalie
    Posted at 11:54h, 09 May Reply

    Congratulations on your 45lbs weight loss Leslie!! Beautiful picture of you and your daughter. I’ll have to see what I can come up with for the skinny noodle challenge!

    • Leslie Sinclair
      Posted at 03:25h, 12 May Reply

      I cant wait to try it out!!!

  • Cathy
    Posted at 14:35h, 09 May Reply

    Hello Leslie,
    Congratulations on your weight loss! On this diet, how much protein do you eat per day?

    • Leslie Sinclair
      Posted at 03:24h, 12 May Reply

      Hi Cathy! I am not sure but probably about 50-50 grams per day. I don’t know how much 8 ozs of meet have in it, but the snakes are 10-16 grams per package and you eat 3 per day plus the oz of meet or fish. You add an extra packet if you are a heavy exerciser. I hope this helps.

  • Cara
    Posted at 07:27h, 11 July Reply

    Congrats on your weight loss! That is a huge accomplishment. I am grateful for the noodle tip since my husband is pre-diabetic and needs to watch carbs. However, as a full blood Italian, I would like to defend pasta and bread. It does not make you fat! I have been eating pasta dishes and Italian bread all my life frequently. No one in my family is overweight. It’s portion size that counts most. I have visited Italy and I actually saw fewer overweight people there than I do in the US. They eat a lot of fish and locally grown fruits and veggies with their pasta. The “slow food” movement began in Italy. (locally grown). I also suspect that people gain weight from eating other high calorie foods and pasta gets the blame.

    • Leslie Sinclair
      Posted at 05:50h, 15 July Reply

      Hi Cara!! My husband is Italian too!! I wrote an article once on my trip to Italy where I ate it all and didn’t gain weight. I did notice there were no overweight people there!! The article was really about the green movement for homes, I used my Italian trip as an analogy. They do not use chemicals in their food and eat fresh,(their slow food movement) I really feel that makes a huge difference in weight gain. Your body processes all the foods naturally. I felt the same way about their wines! goodness you are making me want to plan another trip!!!

      • Cara
        Posted at 11:18h, 18 July Reply

        I would love to return as well. I am currently working on a series of paintings inspired by the feeling I had when in Italy. I’ll let you know when they are ready for viewing. I’m glad you enjoyed your visit.

        • Leslie Sinclair
          Posted at 08:00h, 21 July Reply

          I can’t wait to see them! Send me some pics! I love looking at art! xo

  • Chu Li Lee
    Posted at 19:09h, 08 October Reply

    So glad many people are using shiritaki noodles as an alternative.

    • Leslie Sinclair
      Posted at 05:23h, 15 October Reply

      Hi Chu Li! I love them! A staple at my home!! Have a great day!!

  • Pianino Muzyka
    Posted at 08:33h, 05 February Reply

    Thank you so much for this! I have not been this thrilled by a post for a long time! Youve got it, whatever that means in blogging. Anyway, Youre definitely somebody that has something to say that people should hear. Keep up the good work. Keep on inspiring the people!

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