I love Chinese and especially noodles when they have a good flavour rather than just boiled plain noodles so I decided to find a way of making healthy Chow Mein noodles and this is what I came up with!

chow mein noodles
Chow mein noodles

Adding vegetables to your Chow mein noodles

This Chow mein noodles recipe does contain some vegetables but it is important to add others somewhere in your meal too. This is because most diets encourage you to increase your vegetable intake and reduce the carbs and fats you eat.

Vegetables are low in calories compared to their density. This essentially means that they fill you up with very few calories.

The more vegetables you have in a meal either as a side dish or mixed in with the meal itself the lower-calorie the meal tends to be. A filling but low-calorie meal is perfect for weight loss.

Always choose vegetables that you enjoy because otherwise, you will begrudge eating them.

Trying vegetables cooked differently or with herbs and spices can make them a little more exciting too.

Sweet and sour vegetables are nice and a great way of adding vegetables to this recipe.

Why fakeaways are great for weight loss

It is so easy to order a takeaway but then you soon regret it afterwards. With my fakeaway recipes, you can have all the flavours of a takeaway without the excess calories and fat.

If you follow Slimming World, Weight Watchers (WW), Noom or any other weight loss plan you can usually count the ingredients within this recipe in your allowances. It is of course important to check yourself any plan you follow and remember all nutritional information and ingredients are found in the recipe card below.

Why you need vegetables to lose weight

Everyone knows vegetables are good for you, don’t they? They are healthy and filling for very few calories!

The best vegetables are those with low-calorie density. Basically, we are talking about healthier vegetables – potatoes don’t count but butternut squash is much healthier for example!

This means if you eat 100g of spinach, for example, it is just 23 calories and obviously, 100g of anything would fill you up significantly. On the other hand, 100g of crisps, which would be just as filling, is around 536 calories!

Find more tips about the best vegetables for weight loss.

Comfort eating

It is easy when you are trying to lose weight to fall into the trap of comfort eating when you are feeling down. Perhaps by ordering a Chinese takeaway.

Alternatives like this could really help you with your weight loss plan to have the foods you enjoy without gaining weight.

Finding healthy snack alternatives can help you avoid weight gain. You do not need to just snack on fruit and vegetables to be healthy there are so many other alternatives.

If you find that you are regularly feeling down and snacking then maybe you need to address this as possible depression and consider seeing your GP. We all have struggled every now and then so it really isn’t something to be ashamed of.

Another option instead of eating at all could be to find something else to do instead of eating when you are feeling down. Give it some thought and see if you can come up with any strategies to help yourself.

low calorie chocolate bars mars, snickers and twix
Low-calorie chocolate bars Mars, Snickers and Twix

Other healthy recipes you may enjoy

If you like Chinese food then why not check out my Chinese fakeaway selection here and create a whole menu full of takeaway alternatives?

If you like a good curry then check out all my curry recipes here and some spice blends you can make yourself here!

chicken and mushroom curry
Chicken and mushroom curry

Weight loss and Exercise Support

I have a lot of weight loss guides and support if you want to exercise including if you have a condition like fibromyalgia.

Have a good look around and see how I can help you achieve your weight loss goals. Request my free resources to get you started too!

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chow mein noodles

Unofficial Slimming World Chow Mein Noodles

  • Author: JustAverageJen
  • Prep Time: 10 minutes
  • Cook Time: 10 minutes
  • Total Time: 20 minutes
  • Yield: 4 portions 1x
  • Category: Main meal or side dish
  • Method: Hob
  • Cuisine: Chinese
  • Diet: Low Calorie


These delicious chow mein noodles are a great alternative to a takeaway and really easy to make yourself at home whilst also usually being syn free on Slimming World (check yourself as this can change).



250g pack of dried medium egg noodles

2 cloves garlic (crushed)

2cm ginger (finely grated)

1 Pak Choi (roughly chopped)

1 stick of celery finely chopped

1 Onion (sliced)

2 Handfuls of beansprouts

1 tsp Chinese Five Spice

4 tbsp. Dark Soy Sauce

2 tbsp. Rice Vinegar


Cook the dried egg noodles according to packet instructions.

Meanwhile using a large frying pan fry 2 cloves of garlic (crushed), 2cm ginger finely grated, 1 Pak choi (roughly chopped), one onion (sliced), 2 handfuls of beansprouts, 1 tsp Chinese five-spice, 4 tbsp. dark soy sauce, and 2 tbsp. rice vinegar.

When the vegetables are tender mix with the cooked noodles.

Serve immediately or allow to cool and microwave to reheat thoroughly.

Keywords: Slimming World, syn free, Chinese, Fakeaway

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  1. Chow mein is my go to order when we have Chinese. This version is as close as you can get without going all out with the fat and calories… fab recipe!