The White Death and ramen noodles
Last night, what with the White Death weather forecast and all, I thought it would be a really good idea to go to the supermarket after work. I only needed one item, a package of ramen noodles.
I never learn. ...
I did eventually get home with my purchase. I toss out the seasonings package and cook the noodles in chicken stock with snow peas, sliced mushrooms, bean sprouts, red bell pepper, broccoli florets, sliced carrots, sesame oil, soy sauce, ginger root, garlic, peanuts -- whatever strikes my fancy.
On the surface, this seems like a healthful enough supper, but when you look at the nutrition information for the noodles, you find that one serving (there are two to a package) provides you with 190 calories, 16 percent of your saturated fat allowance for the day and 20 percent of your sodium. Add to that the sodium in the chicken stock and soy sauce, plus the fat of the sesame oil and peanuts...All I'm saying is, don't kid yourself.
The last time I bought ramen noodles must have been a couple of years ago, so I was surprised to find that you can no longer buy individual packages, at least not at my supermarket. When my daughter was little, Oodles of Noodles was one of the four major food groups, and the only one she would eat, so I could have used up a six-pack quickly.
Now I've got enough ramen noodles to last me the next 10 years.