From a singular focus to one now offering quick, easy and nutritious vegan heat-and-serve meals, Doris Prodanovic catches up with Slendier MD, Erica Hughes.

A decade ago, Slendier only focused on konjac pasta and rice replacement products, but since Erica Hughes bought the business in 2017, the health food company has built upon this foundation and rapidly expanded.

Slendier offers a full range of low calorie, low carbohydrate and vegan foods, including a variety of ready meal pastas with less than 50 calories per serve. Its key ingredient is konjac, an ancient root vegetable that has been consumed in Asia for centuries, grown at altitude and harvested after three years when it is milled into flour and used to produce konjac noodles, pasta and rice.

“The core benefits of konjac noodles are its extremely low-calorie content (10 calories per 100 grams) and carbohydrate content (less than 1 gram per 100 grams) and its high soluble fibre content,” says Hughes.

“These unique properties allow for a low calorie/low carb substitute to regular wheat pasta with the added benefit that the high fibre content keeps you feeling full for longer.”

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