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Holland and Barrett .... Slim range

Discussion in 'Type 2 Diabetes' started by BrianDoc, Aug 1, 2021.

  1. BrianDoc

    BrianDoc · Well-Known Member

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    You can only order for home delivery or collection from one of their shops, but they are doing
    Eat water organic slim;
    Rice, noodles, fettuccine, spaghetti and penne pastas

    All showing as 0 carbs, and buy one the second is 1p, ordered two of each, fingers crossed they are edible.
     
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    Alexandra100 Prefer not to say · Well-Known Member

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    I eat the rice or the fettuccine pretty much every day (sometimes the rice for breakfast AND the fettuccine for lunch!) Thank goodness H&B frequently offer this range in their Penny sale, as otherwise I'd have to cut back! I love it that 100g gives 4g fibre as I do regret the lack of fibre in a vlc diet. It's a very long time since I ate real rice or pasta, but this seems to me an excellent imitation. It's a bonus that no cooking is needed - just heating it up if you like your food warm. I use the rice cold with other chia pudding ingredients for breakfast, but pasta warmed up in stock and topped with melting grated cheese for lunch / dinner.

    NB many people have been put off completely by the unattractive smell when you open the packet. This is a shame, as the smell comes from the fluid, which is discarded, not from the product you eat. Just rinse thoroughly! Bon appétit!
     
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    Rachox Type 2 (in remission!) · Moderator
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    Thanks for your post @Alexandra100 , I have a boxes of the rice and spaghetti in my cupboard I bought as a standby. I have thought about using them several times but have definitely been put off by reports of the smell. I am reassured by your post, ‘spaghetti’ carbonara here I come!
     
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    danziger Type 2 · Well-Known Member

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    Ooh, this is great to know, thank you! I don’t mind cauli rice but nice to have another option
     
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    Sax Type 2 · Active Member

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    I tried the pasta version recently; drained it, rinsed in cold water, then mixed with some apple cider vinegar, then rinsed again. Maybe 4 mins of prep time. I made sure it was covered in pasta sauce and didn't eat it in isolation. Very slightly rubbery / tougher texture versus true pasta but it eased off over the meal, so I think the sauce helped. No smell or taste weirdness. Overall seems workable.
     
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    Alexandra100 Prefer not to say · Well-Known Member

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    I did find the penne slightly chewey, so I don't buy that any more, but I haven't had that problem with the fettucine or rice. I never tried the noodles, because I don't like "real" noodles, but I imagine that very thin form of pasta would be even less tough. As for taste, there isn't really any, but then "normal" white rice doesn't taste of much either. I pep up my fettucine by warming it briefly in the stock left in the saucepan from cooking my salmon, cauliflower etc.
     
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    1970clea Type 2 · Well-Known Member

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    I buy on subscription from the manufacturer: https://eatwater.co.uk/collections/slim-cooking the noodles and spaghetti options are identical. Tried the penne a couple of times but had a bad batch which were very chewy so no longer bother with those - currently a big fan of the slim noodles thai style as they are not as wide as the fettucine but better than the spaghetti.
    They also have a new range no drain no odour, which are okay too. I used to get konjac noodles from the chinese supermarkets before these were so easily available - have been eating these type of noodles for over a decade now!!
     
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    Alexandra100 Prefer not to say · Well-Known Member

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    Very interesting info, thanks. However the no drain no odour rice has 6.95g carbs per 100g, whereas the original version (still also available) has zero carbs per 100g.
     
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    1970clea Type 2 · Well-Known Member

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    The ones I prefer are in the normal range so I hadn't investigated the carb content of the others - thank you. I don't tend to bother with rice much anyway. With curries there are so many yummy vegetable sides it's not an issue :D
     
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    My favourites are fettucine (in stir-fries) and penne, but I don't eat them very often as they have the tendency to go through me rather fast!
     
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    Yellredder Prediabetes · Well-Known Member

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    I wasn’t so keen on the rice, but quite like the pasta but it’s not something I eat much of. But now I’m fancying some!! Good for some substance in a meal. You really do have to drain it though!!
     
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    My attempt to make a kind of savoury pilau rice was a failure. Perhaps kedgeree might work better? But I do enjoy the rice as sweet rice pudding with erythritol and double cream. I shall experiment with adding cinnamon and/or nutmeg, even vanilla essence.
     
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    Having bought these weeks ago, finally got around to trying them this weekend, I found it like trying to eat elastic bands. Not for me so the search for a pasta substitute continues.
     
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    I find courgetti great with a pasta sauce and I am not a big fan of courgettes! IMO The trick is to spiralise a fresh courgette up to a couple of hours before meal and store in fridge and most important add it raw to the pasta sauce and heat through. So I serve half the sauce onto pasta for OH and then add my courgetti to the pan of sauce. As regards cauli rice again I blitz a fresh cauliflower and measure portions into bags for the freezer and then remove and microwave for 4/5 mins. It must be better to have the nutrients from fresh veg than alternatives.
     
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    I prefer the high protein low carbohydrate black bean spaghetti and edamame and mung bean fettucine sold by Aldi. They are organic and have a greater range of nutrients.
     
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    Thank you, I will try them.
     
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    welovedzig Prediabetes · Well-Known Member

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    I use the 'noodles' - never had a bad smell, I tip them in a sieve and pour boiling water over them and they are ready to eat. Also use them cold snipped up a bit with soy sauce, chill and garlic with boiled egg and cucumber with spring onions. Yummy dinner you can take out in a lidded pot.
     
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