Don’t be scared of carbs. You need them to function – the right kind that is. And sometimes, YES, you can have delicious, gluten free noodles such as soba noodles. Check out my Cilantro Fresh Gluten-Free Soba Noodles Recipe, which is packed with detoxifying power from the cilantro and high soluble fiber and essential amino acids to make protein in your body, found in the noodles.
I love to use cilantro, not only for it’s flavor but it’s cleansing and detoxifying properties. Cilantro helps chelate (bind and escort out) heavy metals. This is a good thing, since heavy metals age and can diminish our beauty.
Heavy metals can also get into your body from the environment, fish, meat (you eat what the animals you eat consume!), the water supply, etc.
Thankfully being slim, healthy and beautiful is much easier then we have been led to believe. Many people severely limit their consumption of carbohydrates and this is most likely because there’s so much talk about “low carb” diets.
This is misleading because it’s not about limiting carbohydrates altogether, but choosing the right ones. Carbs that come from whole veggies or gluten-free sources should still be in your diet, for energy and to feel your best. Some of these healthy choices are buckwheat, quinoa, millet, natural oats and…soba noodles! Okay, noodles are more processed than just having straight quinoa or buckwheat, but you can rotate them into your diet occasionally (I probably eat them 1-3 times a month myself).
“Soba” is the Japanese name for buckwheat (just be sure to look out for and avoid Nagano soba, which is a mix of buckwheat and wheat!). The thickness of the noodles can be compared to that of spaghetti. What I love about these noodles is they can be served hot or cold. Their nutty flavor works well as a base for stir-fries, salads and this particular recipe!
Buckwheat (the base for soba noodles), has many health benefits, according to one study. It’s a gluten-free alternative- just be sure to look for brands that are purely buckwheat with no wheat mixed in. You can always source online if your local grocer doesn’t carry them. Soba noodles offer beneficial manganese, phytonutrients, protect against heart disease and essential amino acids to build protein in your body, plus fiber, so they won’t spike your blood sugar levels in same way as plain old white flour-containing pasta does—helping us to stay beautiful from the inside out!
Stay away from simple, refined carbohydrates like white bread, pastries, crackers and white rice (they lead to premature aging and wrinkles), and stick with the healthy whole food options and carbs. And sometimes, you can mix in some healthy noodle options, made from great ingredients, like soba noodles derived from buckwheat :).
Check out this tasty recipe below…
- 3 ounces soba noodles (see note)
- 1½ Tbs. coconut oil
- 1 cup of green beans, sliced on the diagonal
- ½ cup sugar snap peas or snow peas
- 2 large carrots, peeled and sliced on the diagonal
- ¼ cup chopped fresh cilantro
- 3 tablespoons tamari
- 1 tablespoon coconut nectar or maple syrup
- 1 tablespoon miso (or 1 tsp. sea salt if you don't have)
- 2 teaspoons freshly grated ginger
- Pinch of red chili flakes (optional)
- 1 tablespoon sesame oil
- ¼ cup sesame seeds
- 1 small lime, juiced
- Note: You can source gluten-free, all buckwheat soba noodles online if you’ve having trouble finding them at the market.
- Cook the soba noodles according to package directions- usually around 5 minutes or so. Drain and set to the side.
- Meanwhile, heat the coconut oil in a pan over medium heat and toss in the green beans, snap peas and carrots, cooking for a few minutes until softened.
- Whisk together the tamari, coconut nectar, miso, ginger, red chili flakes in a small bowl.
- Toss the soba noodles in with the veggies, and the sauce. Stir well. Turn off the heat and mix in the sesame oil, sesame seeds, lime juice and cilantro.
- Serve fresh.
Let me know what you think of this new recipe and don’t forget to add this recipe to your Dinner Recipe Pinterest board!
In love and health,