We’ll be honest, we weren’t the healthiest of college students. We pretty much subsisted on instant ramen, popcorn and candy bars offered free from the bookstore. But we’ve learned a LOT about nutrition since then. No item was consumed more than instant noodles, especially after a Friday night out with friends. While ramen is tasty, it’s not exactly the most nutritious. So we thought we would share what we’ve learned post-college about upgrading instant ramen to a meal your mom would actually approve of.
Basic: Add protein
If you start with adding protein, you’ll make it a more filling and healthier meal. Not an expert in the kitchen? Make this even easier by buying pre-cooked grilled chicken in the frozen or deli section.
Basic: Add veggies
Adding veggies to ramen is just basic. But usually the idea of dicing up a carrot or chopping an onion is too, too much after a long day at class. Did you know frozen veggies are just as healthy as fresh? We love peas and corn because they’re affordable. Just throw in a handful or two while you’re boiling the noodles. If you’re just not that into frozen, you can also get pre-chopped veggies from the fresh produce section.
Level Up: Add spice
While chicken and beef ramen are pretty comforting flavors, sometimes you need a little junk in the trunk. The easiest way to do that is add a little hot sauce. This shouldn’t be a problem for the average Texan! But ramen calls for something other than Tabasco. We suggest Green Dragon from Trader Joe’s or classic Sriracha!
Level Up: Add greens
Cabbage, kale, spinach, and green onions have all been successfully tried and approved for ramen upgrades. Cabbage makes it chow mein, spinach makes it egg-drop-ish, and so on. The greener and leafier the better! They’re full of magnesium, folate, and potassium. All vitals for great energy, mental health, and memory.
Expert: Make it a salad
Ramen can Whenever we have a craving for crunchy and savory salad, we head on over to Pinterest, our go-to source for recipes. There are TONS of recipes there, from strawberry+spinach+ramen to avocado+fava beans+ramen.