Instant noodles are a household staple in most Asian countries. We eat it as a snack, as a main meal, as comfort food, or when strapped for cash.
When calamities such as earthquake or floods strike, instant noodles are sent in huge amounts in relief efforts as emergency food aid. In two or three minutes, your meal is ready and gnawing hunger subsides.
Consuming one too many instant noodles all that bad, especially when you hear talk of people losing hair and having a higher risk of metabolic syndrome (a group of symptoms including obesity, hypertension, elevated blood sugar and low levels of HDL cholesterol).
Simple add-in condiments
Discard those little packets that come with the instant noodles, most of the level of sodium in those tiny packets alone has exceeded the sodium recommendations in the Dietary Guidelines for American 2015-2020. Instead, add in some seasoning and condiments that require no extra cooking. Examples include sesame oil, miso paste, soy sauce, fish sauce, Thai curry paste and Japanese curry powder. Keep in mind that simple is the rule because a bowl of soup with overwhelming flavors might not make for a tastier meal. Also, keep in mind the sodium content of the condiments you choose.
Add in colors
A bowl of pure starch can be boring. Try making it colorful. Instead of using the dried vegetable packet, stir in some fresh vegetables like bak choy, lettuce and carrot. Vegetables can provide you with essential nutrients such as potassium, dietary fiber, folate, vitamin A and vitamin C.
Protein of your choice
To make instant noodles more healthful, you can also cook-up some protein of your choice. You can add an egg to the noodle soup or choose a hard-boiled egg (sliced in half), poached egg or even a fried egg. If egg is not your cup of tea, you can try adding in some sliced lean pork or beef. To add extra flavor to the meat, you can quickly sauté it with some salt and pepper or soy sauce before adding them to the soup.
Not in the mood for a bowl of hot noodle soup? Try stir-frying the noodles instead. In boiling water, cook the noodles until they are separated or soft then remove and dry them on a plate. Stir fry the noodles in a heated pan with some vegetable oil. Add in chopped vegetables and some sliced meat or Tofu. At the end, spice it up with salt and pepper, soy sauce, or even chili pepper flakes.
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