Today I enjoyed another celebration of the chicken tenders from the grocery store. But it also found me munching on that old standard of the dorms, ramen noodles.
Ramen is appealing because it is very easy to make and takes hardly any time at all. It doesn’t taste great, but it doesn’t taste too bad either. When you’re in a rush or just can’t be bothered to whip up something more substantial it’s a great go-to food. And moreover, it’s cheap cheap cheap.
Coincidentally, cheap cheap cheap is the sound the baby chick made before it was pulverized into ramen seasoning.
Ramen is pretty unsubstantial. Not particularly filling. But satisfying for a little while. Since it falls under the broad definition of soup I figured it wouldn’t be too unhealthy.
Would you believe that fried noodles cooked in salt and MSG actually are not health food? Turns out that one packet of ramen – which is technically two servings – contains almost 40% of the saturated fat that you should eat in a day and almost 80% of all the sodium. That means that if you were to eat two packets of ramen in a day (which is easy to do because it isn’t very filling) you’d have had almost your entire allowance of saturated fat and well above your daily allowance of sodium.
I rarely eat much of the broth because it’s way too salty, so I’m not sure how much of those 910 salty milligrams I get in a ramen meal. Chances are it’s still more salt than I need in a sitting.
I don’t want to slag off ramen. Like I said, it’s quick, easy, cheap, and it got me through many a night in college. But I think it’s pretty clear that in both the noodle and soup categories there are probably more healthy options out there that don’t require much more effort.
Total Calories: 2509
Calories from Fat: 945
Fat: 11.5 grams
Carbohydrates: 283 grams
Fiber: 20 grams
Protein: 125 grams
Exercise Level: Low
Walked 1 mile (easy)
Housekeeping 2 hours (easy)
Vanilla Yogurt with Chocolate Chunks
Fried Chicken Tenders
Honey Mustard Sauce
Grande Skinny Vanilla Latte
Crispy Chicken Salad
Welch’s Fruit Snacks
In terms of activity, I wrapped up most of the reorganization I’ve been doing in the apartment. I also saw Harry Potter and the Half Blood Prince with a big tub of Coke Zero. I rarely have to pee during a movie, even if it’s a particularly long one. Alas, this movie cast expelliarmus on my bladder so I had to shuffle off to buffalo half way through.
I’m sure this has been observed elsewhere and more keenly, but the size of movie theater drinks is insane. Of course what’s more insane is drinking the whole thing during the previews.