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How to Make Ramen Noodles Healthier

While ramen noodles aren't unhealthy per se, they aren't packed full of vitamins either. But if you're a fan of these cheap, tasty noodles, there are ways to make the meal more balanced.


  • Step 1: Know your facts Read the label on your ramen. These noodles are mostly carbohydrates and fat, so you will want to balance that with protein, vitamins, and minerals.
  • Step 2: Discard the flavor packet Discard the flavor packet. It contains mostly sodium and is not healthy at all. If you really want the flavor, use one-quarter or less of the seasoning.
  • TIP: Replace the ramen seasoning with your own mixture of spices, sauces, or stock.
  • Step 3: Add protein Add a protein source to your ramen dish. Crack an egg into the boiling water for egg drop ramen, or add lean chicken or beef.
  • TIP: Nuts are also a good source of protein. Stir peanuts or cashews into your noodles.
  • Step 4: Add vegetables Add nutrients to your ramen by mixing in vegetables. Broccoli and carrots are chock full of vitamins, but any mix of fresh or cooked vegetables will do the trick.
  • Step 5: Cook and mix Cook your noodles and additional ingredients, mix everything together, season, and serve.
  • Step 6: Check online Check online for more ramen recipes. The possibilities are endless.
  • FACT: If you stretched out all the noodles in a package of ramen to form a straight line, it would be about 167 feet long.

You Will Need

  • Ramen noodles
  • A source of protein
  • Vegetables
  • A computer with internet access
  • Spices
  • sauces
  • or stock (optional)
  • Peanuts or cashews (optional)

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