Noodles and Noodle Mixes

By: Kim Beavers Email
By: Kim Beavers Email

There are many, many forms of noodles and just as many boxed noodle mixes. Just like the rice mixes, noodle mixes are high in salt or sodium. There is however another issue with noodle mixes. Many of them also have fat and saturated fat.

Decreasing the fat and sodium in noodle mixes:

• Omit the oil or margarine in the instructions to help reduce the fat
• Use only ½ the packet of seasoning mix to help reduce the salt or sodium
• Look for options out there that have less fat and sodium
• A good rule of thumb is to look for noodle mixes with less than 2g of saturated fat per serving

Quick local picks meeting sodium AND fat guidelines (480mg/serving):

  • Annie’s reduced sodium Macaroni and cheese (found in the organic section)
  • Wacky Mac Macaroni and cheese (found in the kosher section)

    Even if some of the macaroni and cheese or other flavored noodles are high in sodium, you can use them as part of a healthy eating plan, especially if you don’t use the whole seasoning packet.To make a healthy meal, add fresh vegetables and lean meat, such as chopped tomatoes, broccoli, roasted red peppers, thawed frozen spinach, beans, chicken and shrimp.

    Tim’s question: Are ramen noodles good for you?

    Kim’s answer: NO! They are refined noodles that are typically fried in palm oil and then packaged with very high sodium seasoning mix. Use half the packet to reduce the sodium and eat these occasionally. Focus on whole wheat and lower sodium options most often and limit the ramen noodle to occasional use---sorry Tim.

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