It’s Skinny is made from konjac. So what is konjac? What does it taste like? Is it strange?
Konjac is classified as an herb with a bulb-like root. The konjac plant is also known as devil's tongue, snake palm, voodoo lily, and elephant yam (although it isn't really a yam). It grows in China, Japan, and throughout Southeast Asia. The plant has leafy greens and a dark purple bloom that looks similar to a lily.
The root of the konjac plant is what we use to make konjac noodles. It is very high in a fiber known as glucomannan, which is a soluble dietary fiber. It's similar to a turnip or a sweet potato in texture. The root is dark on the outside with white flesh. It's that inside of the root that makes excellent pasta.
Konjac root can be made into powder. The konjac powder has a thickening gelatinous texture that you can use in different culinary and medical applications. Some folks take konjac on its own as a weight loss supplement or as a method to relieve constipation. Some alternative medical practitioners also prescribe it to regulate cholesterol. It has been studied as an acne treatment as well.
Konjac root is a prebiotic, meaning that it helps to feed the healthy bacteria in your digestive system. Prebiotics are an essential part of a healthy diet and can assist your system in many ways, including supporting the immune system.
Of course, when used in delicious It’s Skinny konjac noodles, konjac also makes the meal complete—adding bulk and an excellent base for your favorite sauce and pasta toppings. A bag of It’s Skinny pasta contains two servings, with 4.5 calories each (9 calories per bag). There are no carbohydrates in a serving of It's Skinny either. So it's perfect if you want to enjoy your favorite pasta dishes but don't want to derail your low-carb diet or keto plan.
Another great aspect of cooking with konjac is that konjac noodles are filling. When you eat a low-carb, low-cal dish with shirataki noodles, you won't be left feeling hungry afterward. Unlike zucchini noodles ("zoodles") or other vegetable-based pasta swaps, konjac's fiber slightly expands in your stomach, helping you feel fuller longer. The soluble fiber takes time to digest and can prevent a snack attack between meals.
But because the konjac root is made with a fibrous vegetable, it won’t weigh you down like traditional carb-heavy pasta can. You won’t need to put on your stretchy pants after dinner or feel sluggish from a carb coma when you enjoy It's Skinny. You get all of the pasta you love without the guilt or need to take a nap. It's perfect for enjoying as a weeknight dinner, before the gym, or any time you need a healthy pasta fix.
People are often curious about the taste of shirataki noodles. Will the texture be strange? Will they overpower the dish? The great thing about cooking with konjac is that it tends to take on the flavor of the surrounding ingredients—similar to tofu or traditional pasta. When you add your sauce, protein, herbs, seasonings, and other vegetables to the dish, konjac blends seamlessly and doesn’t have a strong flavor by itself.
Share your It’s Skinny pasta dishes with friends and family. See if they can tell the difference between It’s Skinny and traditional pasta. When you tell them it’s only 9 calories per bag, it will blow their minds!