Instant Noodles has become a staple food in Nigeria.
Back in the time when I was very young, I can’t remember I ate something that looks thin and long: that’s for the type of noodles that seems like that.
And I was born into a middle-class family; making it something I shouldn’t have missed if available but, presently, noodles has permeated every home.
Kids love it most and likewise some adult.
Its market success has attracted many companies to tap into it and get their own fair share.
Instant Noodles is made from wheat flour, mostly refine, making it a food highly composes of carbohydrate; some proportionate amount of palm oil and salt.
It could’ve been better off; health-wise if you can be assured of the type of wheat flour used especially, whole wheat flour.
But, I’ve tasted many brands (raw) and they’re almost the same tongue feeling which makes me think, they’re made from the polished refined wheat flour.
Nevertheless, what will make instant noodles a yummy, weight loss food to eat is to watch out for its calories content on the pack.
For instance, a small pack with a net weight of 70g has about 340-kilocalories (Kcal).
1 Kcal = 1 Cal
That means: 340 Kcal = 340 Cal
And remember, you’re meant to reduce your calorie intake or maintain a daily calorie of about 1,000 to 1,500 if you love to count calories.
Also, your calorie intake will also depend on physical activities for the day.
Plus, only God knows, the drink you’ll gulp to bury it to it resting place.
Water is pretty better.
It’s smart to know weight loss recipes, understand how to cook them the healthy way because; they all contribute to an effective result.
In addition, don’t feel lazy at moving your body, be active.
That’s when you’ll start observing result with better shape and toned body.
My conclusion, you can indulge in instant noodles, once a week, not some daily or many times a week thing.
This is especially true for women as it has been observed to obstruct metabolic syndrome being a processed food.
Most processed foods have these lapses for not being fresh and their natural healthy status has been altered due to abundant processing and preservation.
Nevertheless, I know you can’t give up Instant noodles, but prepare it as a health and weight loss food and eat once in a while meal plan.
Here is a Weight Loss Recipe
Instant Noodles (small pack)
Cabbage (small size: half)
A handful of green peas or beans
2 fresh tomatoes (medium size)
1 big carrot (big size)
Cucumber (medium size)
Grounded crayfish (2 tablespoons) or fresh prawn (1 handful)
1 red pepper/tatashe (medium size)
Coconut or olive oil (1 tablespoon)
1. In an empty bowl, add the noodles and pour hot water to cover it.
This is to soften it for about 5 minutes.
2. While the noodle is getting soft, cut your washed cabbage, green peas, tomatoes, carrots, cucumber, pepper, and onion and set aside.
3. Place a pot over a low heat; add the oil, chopped tomatoes, pepper, and half of the chopped onion.
Stir fry together for about a minute.
4. Add the grounded crayfish, little or half cup of water and boil for about 2 minutes.
5. Strain the noodles, add to the pot and boil for about a minute.
6. Add the chopped cabbage, green peas, carrot and the remaining onions and allow to heat finally for about 2 minutes.
7. This time, your noodles will look well-cooked and about to eat.
Remove from heat, add the chopped cucumber and mix fairly together when warm.
8. Dish unto your plate.
Add a good amount of protein food such as boiled egg, boiled fish, meat or chicken breast.
You can eat boiled noodles without adding the seasoning as well and eat with vegetable sauce. With this approach, eat half the size of the small pack with plenty of veggies.
Remember, to include a good amount of protein food as well.
It helps with muscle building and recovery from a vigorous physical workout.
Besides, this alternative makes meal prepping faster.
I hope this article enriches you.
Alright, share your thought. What do you think about noodle for weight loss and this recipe?
Can you sacrifice eating noodles once a week?
😀 😀 right, let me know!
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