Wednesday, January 23, 2013

Are you Yawnin' with Ramen?

Based on the UHealthy poll: "What's in your pantry", ramen seems to be a staple. Let's be honest here and acknowledge that ramen is not good for you. Coming in a 370 calories, this pack of noodles has more than 30% of your daily needs for saturated fat (the kind that clogs your arteries). It also has 1730 mg of sodium - almost meeting your daily allowance for sodium. In addition to this bad news, ramen will not really fill you up or keep you satisfied for any significant period of time. 

Another known fact is that college students eat ramen. So...(deep breath)...I am here to help you eat them a little heatlhier.

Nutrition facts for ramen noodles: average of all flavors

What can you do to this collegiate staple? Add some healthy ingredients to mitigate the nutrition damage.
  • Left over chicken from the restaurant you ate at last night
  • Add some chopped veggies. Cabbage, carrots, and mushrooms. Spinach, carrots, and kale. The options are limitless.
  • The next time you make a to-go salad at the dining hall, bring it home, crumble up dry ramen noodles and sprinkle it on top of your salad.
  • Make a stir-fry: Stir-fry thin slices of beef (get a lean, cheaper cut of beef), green onions, sugar snap peas, mushrooms, frozen edamame.

The moral of the story: this is still not the best food to eat every day, but you can make it a little healthier by adding protein and vegetables to help increase the vitamin and mineral content while adding a good source of protein.

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