DIY Healthy Ramen Noodles


DIY Healthy Ramen Noodles (quick and easy)

Healthy Ramen

 

Hey guys great news!  We have Becca on the blog today telling us how she makes her own DIY ramen noodles.  Becca is a cute mom of one little guy.  She lives in Utah and is a research maniac and lover of good food.  So happy to have you Becca!!  You guys are going to LOVE this recipe.

 HEALTHY TOP RAMEN

Yes you heard that right. There is such a thing as healthy ramen. Let me tell you how I came across this…

I have a three year old son, and he doesn’t like to eat. When he was a baby, there would be days he would literally eat two bites of food A DAY. I used to get so stressed out. I would just let him eat whatever because I was so concerned about him just EATING. I would try my best to be healthy, but sometimes I would just get lazy and frustrated. We had some Top Ramen in our pantry (side note, I did NOT buy this. I do not like Ramen and never have). So I cooked it up (when it only takes 3 minutes does that count as cooking??) and gave it to him. He LOVED it. He would often asked for “noodles”! How could I say no when he would barely eat anything?

Then one day I thought, okay I just can’t feed this to him anymore. Have you looked at the ingredients? Why do simple noodles and some spices require about 30 ingredients? So I went online, searching for “healthy ramen noodles”. Do you know what I found? NOTHING! Seriously, nothing. Basically everything told me to just cook the noodles and throw out the spices and use your own. I thought, hmmm, I think most of the bad things for you must be in the noodles, not really the spices. I even went to social media, and all of my friends who eat healthy, they had nothing. So I decided, maybe if I went to an Asian Market, or a health food store maybe they had something.

So again, I am kind of lazy and did neither of those things. I was at my regular grocery store one day, and was in the organic food section and I found these (they can also be found on Amazon if you can’t find them in your local grocery store):

Hakubaku Ramen Noodles

Wahoo! And look at the ingredients!

Ramen Noodle Ingredients

Seriously Top Ramen, why so many ingredients???? I really don’t understand.

This recipe seriously couldn’t be more simple. It cannot be screwed up.

Healthy Ramen

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13 Responses to DIY Healthy Ramen Noodles

  1. Marcy says:

    I had the same guilt with my girls and stopped giving them top ramen a couple of years ago. I make a quick soup using nutritional yeast flakes as the soup base (great to keep on hand when you’re out of stock), sesame seed oil, soy sauce (or tamari), salt and those tiny alphabet noodles you find in the hispanic section at the supermarket. Thank you for this article! So many parents rely on top ramen when they’re in a pinch and they don’t need to.

  2. Becky says:

    This is amazing! I went down the same journey! I couldn’t find plain raven noodles without the additives anywhere. It got to a point where I asked a friend who lived in Vietnam what are ramen noodles. They didn’t quite get what I was asked and told me to throw a bag of frozen veggies to make it “healthy”. At that point, I gave up. Thank-you for this!!!

  3. Rebecca says:

    The issue with ramen isn’t the noodles as long as one tolerates wheat, but the spices and possibly the broth or stock, depending on how it was prepared and whether or not it contains animal protein. Free glutamate (MSG is only one form of free glutamate) and can be listed in ingredients under 40 to 60 terms. Go to truthinlabeling.org to find the list. Free glutamate can also be created at home by cooking with high heat (grilling) and for long periods of time (slow cooking, stewing). Labeling is not required to list forms of free glutamate created in the processing of food. What’s the problem with free glutamate? It’s a neurotoxic food additive. msgmyth.org is a practical resource. We can’t eliminate free glutamate as it naturally occurs in foods, but we can decrease the levels by healthy food choices. How would I amend the ramen recipe above? Use a vegetable broth cooked for an hour or less, add meat or poultry that had been cooked, but not over cooked, and check spices for ingredients containing free glutamate.

  4. Aimee says:

    My son is also a ramen (and really any pasta) fanatic as well so I started making my own fresh ramen noodles recently with just 4 ingtedients: whole eggs, organic wheat flour, salt and a tablespoon of sesame oil. I use the spaghetti setting on my pasta machine for cutting the noodles and it makes perfect ramen noodles! It’s way easier than you think. I takes about 1 hour from start to finish and makes enough for two meals for three people. I usually freeze 1/2 and they freeze great.

    • Desi says:

      Hi Aimee! Oh I bet fresh noodles taste awesome. I have never made noodles to be honest! Other than for chicken noodle soup.

  5. Rebecca says:

    Wonderful recipe, by the way, ingenious of you to think of it.

  6. Robin says:

    This was a great idea! …and for those who are gluten free, or just want to mix it up a bit, they also make brown rice/millet ramen! I found some first at the health food store, but then I found a big package of them at Costco! Love the idea of making more “authentic” top ramen broth though. It will be fun to serve some new variations to the kids that don’t involve miso. 🙂

  7. Alanla says:

    I found the organic ramen noodles at Whole Foods, but the sodium content (550 mg per serving) prevented me from buying it. I decided to use kelp noodles instead.

  8. Sue Mosier says:

    Aimee, I would greatly appreciate your recipe for the ramen noodles.

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