I’m not going lie, I’m pretty excited that Noodles & Company occasionally asks me to come in to try out some of their new and exciting menu items when they are introduced.
This time around, I went into the Noodles & Co. on Mills Civic Parkway in West Des Moines (who happen to be hiring right now) with my health conscience friend Beth and her super adorable son to try out the brand new “Buff Bowls”. It took me a while to get that the buff meant, “buff, like getting buff for summer”. But, I’m slow, so don’t mind me. They basically omitted the noodles from our favorite Noodles dishes and replaced them with spinach and more veggies.
When they explained this to me, but before I saw it, I was thinking “how good can this be without the noodles?!”. I mean carb-laden, belly filling noodles are the whole point right?! But I was pleasantly surprised! Our super server Brit recommended getting double the sauce (which of course adds calories) but doubles the taste as well! And these bowls were so filling!! You better believe I ate all my veggies when they were covered in Bangkok sauce! And Theo was a fan too!! Oh and they can pretty much make any of their noodle bowls into a buff bowl. Brit made me a Pad Thai buff bowl and honestly, I didn’t miss the noodles at all. Great for people with allergies, who are on diets for medical reasons or people who are just looking to cut calories and add protein to their diets.
If you’d like to try one (or 3) for yourself, just leave a comment on this blog post and you’ll be entered for a $25 Noodles & Co. gift card. Good at any Noodles & Co. location around the Country so you don’t have to be a DSM local to win!
Plus! We are including a Buff Bowl recipe in this post (my fave, the Bangkok Curry) that you can make at home.