Don't Blame The Maggie, Here's 5 Ways to Make it Healthier
I mean, they're cheap, tastes good and super easy to prepare. What's not to love?
Plus, being a college student, we don't really care about the nutritional value, we just need to survive...right?
Well, let's take a look at these numbers and rethink.
Carbs: 27 grams
Total fat: 7 grams
Saturated fat: 3 grams
Protein: 4 grams
Fibre: 0.9 grams
Sodium: 861 mg
Thiamine: 43% of the RDI
Folate: 12% of the RDI
Manganese: 11% of the RDI
Iron: 10% of the RDI
Niacin: 9% of the RDI
Riboflavin: 7% of the RDI
Our favourite go-to food is low in calories, fibre and protein but high in fat and carbs *gulps
The worse thing is 1 packet of instant noodle is for 2 servings. So, if you cook 1 packet for yourself like me, the amount is actually doubled.
5 Tips for Healthier Instant Noodles
1) Cup noodles are convenient but don't pour hot water straight into the cups as the chemicals will come out as your soup. Use a pot if available otherwise, a glass bowl will do!
2) After you boil the noodles, make sure to pour the water away. This step helps to get rid of preservatives found in the fried noodles chunk.
3) Add your favourite vegetables. I love carrots and broccoli, so I usually add them in to boost up the fiber in my instant noodles. If you want something quick, you can also add in frozen vegetables because guess what? They apparently contain more nutrients than fresher ones.
4) Add eggs, they're the most accessible source of protein. My favourite way of doing it is merely cracking an egg into the pot while stirring the soup. Nyumm!
5) Use your own seasoning. You can add a pinch of salt, chillies, soy sauce and even curry leaves to your broth to make it tastier. If you still prefer the flavouring package, use half of it instead.
All in all, there's still healthier ways to enjoy your guilty pleasure, you just gotta be creative and eat with moderation.
What's your healthy version of instant noodles? Share with us down below!