Different cuisine time! Stir-frying originated in China. The technique is frying vegetables in very hot oil in a wok or large skillet. Gasp! Frying you say!? Well, this is not the traditional "deep-frying" method you may think. Stir-frying is using a small amount of healthy unsaturated oil to give your vegetables a wonderful flavor and crisp bite!
I have another surprise for you, low-carb noodles exist in the world and they are called shirataki noodles! Shirataki noodles are a traditional Japanese food that is very popular in Japan. Shirataki noodles are made out of konjac fiber and water which have little to zero calories and carbohydrates! Konjac fiber is made from the root of the konjac plant and contains a water soluble fiber called glucomannan which is very good for blood sugar control and digestion. You can find shirataki noodles locally in your Wal-Mart or other health food stores. It is usually found close to the produce in the refrigerated section next to tofu. Shirataki noodles are fortified with iron, are gluten-free and vegan, making them a great alternative to regular noodles. Be sure to give the noodles a rinse once opened as they tend to have an "earthy" smell. I hope you give them a try! Add them to any noodle dish and you will love the taste and health benefits!
Paris Doty, RD, LD is a native of Missouri with a passion for rural public health. She is a Southeast Missouri State University graduate and completed her internship through University of Oklahoma. Above all, she is a lover of all things nutrition!