Welcome back to reality. Nothing like a long, holiday weekend to refresh, repair and rejuvenate. Thanks to Shelli and Al for hosting a fun Saturday night with the “appetizer,” group. Thanks to Mother Nature for a weekend filled with sun, sand and lots of water. From the ocean, to the pool and the periodic rainstorms, water was plentiful. Thanks to Mother Nature, too, for lots of seasonal, fresh, inexpensive veggies and fruits and thanks to Rescue Remedy for making last night’s fireworks a little (just a little) more survivable for my bigredguy.
Last night, I tried, for the second time, Tofu Shirataki noodles. Shirataki is a pasta alternative made from blending the root of the konnyaku (a member of the yam family) and tofu. Very low in carbs, and only 20 calories is a 4 ounce serving, with no cholesterol or sugar and gluten, dairy and animal free, these noodles make a decent substitute for pasta. Decent. The first time I tried them they were overcooked, I think and definitely a little too chewy. Last night I tried the already cooked kind and just poured boiling water over them to heat. They were a little less chewy. I cut up leftover veggies and mixed them in with the noodles, added a little Earth Balance (butter substitute) and sprinkled some nutritional yeast on top. They were decent, filling and the best part was the entire plate couldn’t have contained more than about 100 calories. I haven’t tried them with marinara sauce, yet, but bet they would be good that way, or even better as part of a recipe for something like soup! They can be found in Whole Foods near the tofu blocks, or in the produce section of Publix, near the Chinese vegetables. I am sure they are available in YOUR grocery store, as well. I am NOT saying oooh they are so good, just very low in calories and filling, which is sometimes more important than anything else!
With a busy Tuesday ahead, today marks the first SilverSneakers YogaStretch class at TFC. 11:30-12:30, this morning and every Tuesday morning. Yoga is a Sanskrit word derived from the Sanskrit root “yuj” which means to connect, join or balance. If you have or haven’t taken yoga before, come with NO preconceived expectations and an open mind and heart. At the end of the hour your body and mind will hopefully both be more open and simply saying “ahhhhh.”
- Shirataki: Low Calorie Pasta (fitsugar.com)