To balance out all the sugary baked goods I’m constantly baking and consuming, I also try to eat healthy whenever possible. I’m always on the lookout for healthier alternatives and new healthy trends. Here are some healthier bites we’ve recently been consuming and loving:

Skinny Shirataki Noodles.

I discovered shirataki noodles a few years ago. Originally from Japan, it’s made of a Japanese yam konjac, shaped to look like noodles, and has almost no carbs or calories and is gluten-free (the pure shirataki noodle versions have less than 1 gram of carbohydrates and 0 calories per serving, the variations have slightly higher count). While it might not satisfy your craving for a giant bowl of pasta, it is a very healthy and guilt-free substitute. I’ve tried various brands that are available at Asian markets (I’ve found them in Korean, Chinese and Japanese ones), and they usually offer the standard clear, noodle shaped ones. I find they taste best in an Asian style noodle soup or eaten in hot pot as a substitute for the vermicelli noodles usually used.

I’ve also tried the House tofu brand version which can be found in the tofu section of most grocery stores and are white instead of clear. The noodles add a bit of tofu so it slightly increases the carbohydrates and calorie count, but it’s still relatively guilt free and the texture is a little more like pasta and they make them in pasta shapes like angel hair, fettuccine.

Recently, I was given a few complimentary samples of the Skinny Noodles brand, which are available for purchase online. It comes in four variations: rice, angel hair, regular noodles, and spinach fettuccine. The first three I’ve seen before in stores but I hadn’t yet had a spinach flavored one. For the most part, this brand tastes like the other brands I’ve had. I liked the spinach one best because it had a mildt spinach flavor to it and I love the pretty green color. The spinach one has slightly more calories than the regular shirataki (15 calories per serving) and slightly more carbohydrates (less than 3 grams per serving), but it’s still really healthy. The Skinny Noodles brand may be a good choice for those who aren’t near a grocery store that carries shirataki noodles.

Pop Chips Tortillas.

I’ve known about Pop Chips for years, but only recently learned that they make a “popped” tortilla chip too. I purchased/found them on Amazon. I have a serious weakness for all kinds of chips, but especially Doritos. Once I eat a Doritos chip, I can’t seem to stop until the entire bag is gone. And then I feel really guilty after.

The texture isn’t the same as Doritos but the nacho cheese and ranch flavors have the seasoning dead on. The Pop Tortilla chips are healthier than Doritos and actually satisfy my Doritos cravings without all the guilt, thanks to the similar seasoning.

Speaking of Pop Chips, did you know that there are 11 flavors of regular Pop Chips? The bigger grocery stores only carry about 5 flavors, but a recently on Amazon I was able to purchase an 11 flavor variety pack.  I love all the different flavors and being able to rotate flavors.

After so much mention of Class 302 in my snow ice rankings, I thought I’d share some of my recent revisits both for the ice and the food.

Since opening a second location in Irvine, we’ve visited several times. My initial post can be found here. One of the nice options at the Irvine location is that you can actually get the snow ice to go if you don’t want to wait for a table. Another good thing is that the space at Irvine is much larger so the wait isn’t nearly as long as the Rowland Heights location. The menu is similar at both and so is the decor which is supposed to evoke memories of Taiwanese classrooms.

Taiwanese Rice Hot Dog

One of my favorite snacks at the street vendors in Taiwan is a Taiwanese sausage on a stick that is wrapped in a roll of glutinous rice. The glutinous rice roll is actually shaped like a sausage too so it ends up looking like a sausage stuffed inside a sausage. I was happy to see them offer a version of it here, though all cut up instead of on a stick.

Unfortunately, the end product was nothing like the picture. In the picture, these are served on little spoon and the sausage is stuffed into the rice. Instead, it was just served as clumps of both.

Squid Stew with Noodles

Another Taiwanese street eat. The soup broth is made to be very thick, almost like a stew. It’s filled with noodles, bamboo strips and chunks of ground squid. This was actually a pretty good version, though maybe a little heavy on the black pepper.

Mango Lassi

Taking a break from all the pumpkin baking (but still sticking with the color orange), I wanted to share some mango lassi drinks I made with our Blendtec.

DH always wants to order mango lassi when we go to an Indian restaurant. It’s a mango puree and yogurt drink that is both sweet and tart and helps coat the stomach for those spicier Indian dishes.