After one too many pigs-in-blankets, a near-empty Quality Street tin down (apart from the orange creams, we’re not mad) and Baileys running through our veins it’s time to take off the gluttony glasses and kick start 2013 with a healthy-eating plan you can easily stick to and tastes amazing. Impossible we hear you cry! No no no, there’s a reason Japan has the lowest obesity rate and the longest life expectancy in the world and in the coming weeks we’ll share Japan’s diet secrets with you.

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We all promise ourselves that this year will be different, this year I am going to make a change and start being more healthy. The problem is that to improve our health, we have to sacrifice something to get it… taste!
But why does it have to be this way? Why can’t we get more healthy while simultaneously eat great-tasting food which consists of more than just a few leaves of salad?
Look at Japanese people… They have one of the lowest obesity rates in the world, live longer than everyone else, and have you ever seen some of those Japanese grannies who could pass for teenagers? (I understand that girl in the photo above is at least 50 years old!)

Read on for Japan Centre‘s guide to a new diet for 2011, with delicious and healthy Japanese food!

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SHIRATAKI

Shirataki noodles, or miracle noodles as you may have seen them called have become a recent food sensation as they contain almost no calories or carbohydrates, making them an ideal substitution for normal noodles or rice in Japanese dishes. If you are on a low calorie diet or just want a healthy dish, these Japanese konnyaku noodles are a perfect option.

So, anything which is this good for us must have a bad side too right? Well sort of… because shirataki contains so little of anything, it doesn’t really taste of very much. However, these noodles soak up the flavours of anything they are cooked in so today we are going to look at some ways to make these noodles taste delicious.