Classy Collegian: Ramen reduction

Nate Hanninen -- The Stinger

We are living in a collegiate world and that brings to mind certain things like dorms, intermural sports and especially not having any money for food. How can we here on the UW-S campus be able to enjoy fancy meals at a low cost or even take the meals we usually eat and enhance them to the level of making more than part time wages? That is the adventure I’ve taken upon myself, showing my fellow students how to have a classy collegiate life. First would the bread and butter for students who cant afford bead and butter: Ramen noodles.

The idea of buying a filling bag of noodles that costs under a dollar is very appealing and we all fall prey to the alluring simplicity of the meal, but those kind of noodles are cheap for a reason and health wise may as well be made out of the bag they are contained in and then doused with a helping of salt. However there exist many alternative methods of getting a regular intake of noodles and salt without having to sacrifice one of your kidneys to save money.

First,we have to break down Ramen for what it is, which is essentially just noodles, some veggies and bullion to make the broth or seasoning for the noodles itself. When we break it down to those elements we have the ability to make our own Ramen equivalent and get to enjoy more portions and in some cases save money.

When we examine the noodle content we can have literally more then 20 types of noodles we can work with and depending on ones prefer we can even find whole grain or gluten free alternatives, which is become a more popular option with more people discovering they have this allergy.

Also, we have the ability to diversify the amount and type of veggies we can incorporate in our homemade Ramen. We can have a larger variety and end up more  of a soup rather than a noddle mix. That is the important thing to remember here is that Ramen is just a cheaper alternative to soup choice and the mix itself is so full of sodium and other  additives you may or may not want inside your body.

Just remember that just because something is cheap doesn’t automatically make it okay to put into your body and that most of time its just healthier to make your own equivalent to things just like when moms and grandmas make their own pop sickles rather then buying them from the store.

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