The Soba Noodles Diet

soba noodles photo by @kevinv033

Soba is the Japanese name for buckwheat.  It is a type of thin noodle made from buckwheat flour and wheat flour. Soba noodles can be eaten chilled with a dipping sauce, or in soup.  It contains high amounts of fiber, minerals and vitamins B1 and B2.

In Japan, soba is mostly referring to noodles in general and this has been a staple of the Japanese diet.

Consuming soba noodles can be an alternative for dieting. It is low in calories and high in fiber, which makes it a great choice. Being high in fiber, it keeps you feeling full longer thus helping you to stop overeating and controlling your appetite. A great food to include in your weight loss program.

Combine soba noodles with other foods like vegetables, beans and meat (e.g. salmon) to give a healthy meal with plenty of nutrients for your body!

Soba noodles can be bought from supermarkets, or if not try your local organic stores.

What is Buckwheat? (1)

You might have hear it before, but what is this buckwheat about?

Let me try to explain this food as best as i can. In a nutshell buckwheat is a seed of a plant. It is NOT related to wheat or grass, it is more related to knotweed, sorrel, and rhubarb.

The name buckwheat comes from the term “beech wheat,” because of the plant’s triangular shaped seeds. These seeds resemble the seeds of the beech nut from the beech tree. Its scientific name is – Fagopyrum esculentum.  The plant is grown in many countries including China, Russia, Ukraine, France, Poland, Kazakhstan, and the United States. The seeds, also known as groats can be made into flour for use in noodles, crepes, and many gluten-free products. (E.g. Japanese Soba noodles)

If you’re wondering, here is a picture of what buckwheat groats look like.

buckwheat groats

Buckwheat Groats

More info about this amazing food here