Move over college kids, Ramen isn’t just a dorm food anymore.

I’m pretty sure Ramen noodles were one of the first things I learned to make for myself. In high school, my friends and I used to make instant mashed potatoes out of the box, add the noodles, seasoning packet and butter and call it a meal. Future dietitian in the making right there.

So am I saying that you should start incorporating the 19 cent noodle packs back into your diet? Oh no. There’s a much better alternative. Lotus Foods makes Rice Ramen, made from heirloom and organic rice (wheat-free). They still come with a seasoning packet but have half the amount of sodium. They have an organic millet and brown rice version that has 5 grams of protein and 2 grams of fiber per serving (2 servings per packet), which is way more nutrition than I was getting in my microwave chef days.

Don’t like ahi tuna? For an easy vegetarian version, add steamed edamame.

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