5 Ramen Noodle “Health Hacks”
It’s once again that time of year.
It’s that time of year when college students return to campus eager to ace exams, get up with old friends, and chow down on the infamously unhealthy Ramen Noodles. Unluckily, a new health study that focused on the popular college food found links between it and a number of health problems.
More discouraging still? These problems had a gender component. The risk of cardiometabolic syndrome increased by 68 percent in women who consumed the noodles at least twice per week, but not significantly in males. But it’s difficult to throw the prepared delicacy into the trash for good when deadlines and all-nighters are looming. What then should a busy college student do?
Try these easy actions the next time you get a late-night hunger pang to protect both your finances and your health:
1. Eliminate Seasoning
The major health concern is the extremely high sodium content, so try adding taste in other ways! Use water or broth and season it with sesame oil, garlic, ginger, herbs, or chile.
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2. Add Vegetables.
Pick up some salad bar vegetables to add to your ramen if you live on campus. If not, pull out the frozen vegetables to add more nutrition to your noodle dish!
3. Include Protein.
The list includes chicken, shrimp, tuna, tofu, grilled salmon, eggs, and much more! Ramen with protein will make it healthier and keep you fuller longer than ramen alone.
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4. Utilize any leftovers
Have leftovers from supper last night? It tastes so good when combined with ramen noodles (without seasoning) that you won’t even realize you’re eating leftovers.
5. Go Dry
After cooking the noodles, drain them, and then combine them with your preferred dressing or sauce. Consider teriyaki sauce, Italian dressing, vinaigrette, or low-sodium soy sauce.
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