Today we continue our 2015 Food Challenge – “New Food of the Week Challenge” with buckwheat noodles, also called soba noodles. They are a nutritious staple in Japanese cooking that can be served hot or cold. This week I'm challenging you to add buckwheat or soba noodles to your diet in some way.
Buckwheat noodles has a delicious, nutty flavor. Buckwheat noodles are not made with semolina flour or other grains. They are made with buckwheat seed which is gluten free. They provide healthy fiber, protein, and complex carbs. They have the following health benefits:
- Good source of dietary fiber which can help stabilize blood sugar levels
- Regulation of your blood pressure
- Regulation of blood cholesterol levels
- Protects against cardiovascular disease
- A Complete source of protein
Where to find Buckwheat Noodles
Many grocery stores carry Buckwheat or Soba Noodles in their Asian foods section. Any Asian market will most definitely carry them.
If you are looking for gluten free noodles, read labels. Not all noodles contain 100% buckwheat. Many contain wheat flour in addition to buckwheat flour. Eden Foods is one brand that offers a 100% buckwheat noodle. It's also a good idea to check labels for sodium content. Look for a lower sodium variety of noodles.
Eating Buckwheat or Soba Noodles
Enjoy these noodles hot or chilled in a soup broth, salads, stir-fries, or pasta dishes. You can substitute soba noodles wherever pasta is used.
This week, I'll be sharing recipes using that week's new food, buckwheat and whole grain noodles on Facebook and Google Plus. On Friday, look for a recipe round up featuring noodles recipes. In the meantime, try soba noodles in this Chicken and Peanut Noodles.
Join the New Food of the Week Challenge
Join the food challenge and share your recipes, tips, and questions each week too. Post your pictures on Instagram and/or Twitter with the hashtag #NewFoodChallenge for all to see. A challenge or adventure is more fun with friends! Please find me on Instagram and Twitter and follow my adventures in 2015.
We are doing this in conjunction with the Real Food Experience 2015. We're getting real about the food we eat to eat healthier and feel better. Get support from people just like you, ask questions, get great recipes, meal plans, and more. Best of all, it's FREE!