Instant noodles have become a staple choice of food amongst most students, young people and those who are just plain broke. They are cheap and quick so we stock up and live off of them. But there are other means of eating healthy for less – we can survive on more than noodles.
Every country, every shop, instant noodles are everywhere. They don’t break our bank and they fill us when we’re hungry, so our diet consists of just that. Instant noodles have become our go-to. The tiny packet that we rip open, add flavourings and water too, then shove in the microwave is convenient, although doesn’t reflect well on your diet. Living off noodles is cheap but it is not nutritional.
Regular instant noodle consumption has been associated with an increased risk of metabolic syndrome, a group of symptoms including excess abdominal fat, high blood pressure, high blood sugar and abnormal blood lipid levels. ¹
Freebies, vouchers, apps…anything to reduce your intake of this ‘meal substitute’. Grab a pen and be sure to remember next time you’re going shopping.
Get Online and Find Those Bargain Websites
Ever question whether something is a little too pricey? You want it though, so you buy it anyway. Online places such as mysupermarket or other alternatives can offer a great helping hand. What this does is, it compares the price of a product… or two or three depending on what you’re purchasing, to all the other major shops. That way you’ll be able to know if you can get that block of cheese cheaper elsewhere, or whether you have the best deal. Better yet, knowing this, you could do your whole shop online.
Save Those Loyalty Cards.
Lots of long days calls for lots of trips to Starbucks (not favouring coffee shops here). So why not make the most of it by picking up a loyalty card and getting it stamped every time you get a coffee. You know what then it means when they’ve all been stamped, free coffee! This doesn’t just apply to coffee shops though, food establishments do this too.
Whether it’s fruit and veg, or ready-made meals, frozen food is always cheaper, and lasts longer. Plus they come pre-chopped and ready to use and are just as good for you.
On this note, waste nothing. Leaving aside the obvious guilt trip of people going hungry, if you want to save money and cut out instant ramen noodles from your diet, this is a must. Freeze your ingredients for another day, and eat your leftovers for lunch. If the food is good enough to eat one day, why not eat it the next?
Sign up to Store Newsletters
It can be annoying getting emails through that you’re not hugely fussed about, but it is worth it in the long run. As a subscriber, you receive many benefits, such as free meals, vouchers or money off your next purchase etc.
Buy More Food For The Pantry
By this we mean, tinned food like tomatoes, tomatoes, pasta. This food is not only cheap but lasts a really long time. Several meals can be put together with this stuff. If the food is of a slightly brand as well, it would cost half the price of your average meal and equates to only slightly more than a pacl or two of instant noodles.
Be Aware Of Offers and Shopo During ‘Happy Hours’
This sounds like a given but it truly should be done. For just pennies or cents more, you can get an awful lot more. For instance, buy one get one free on products, yet people still only get one, cause that’s all they need. When you can get two for the price of one, why not? Cooperative food had an offer on the other day: two pizzas and a four-pack of Budweiser for £5. I bought this even though I didn’t even want the beer. This is because the pizzas individually were, £3.30, whilst the beer was £3.60, which meant that altogether this should have cost £10.20 – more than double the cost. I initially only wanted two pizzas, which alon would have cost £1.60 more than if I got the beer too.
When it comes to happy hours, no food establishment enjoys wasting food. This is why at the end of the day, there are massive reductions, those are the times when you want to go shopping. Early evening reductions are usually at about 20%, then nearer the closing time they go up to 70% – that’s more than half price off your food! Sainburys had a 12 pack of iced ring doughnut for 70p last week – they were initially £2.20
Though eating instant ramen noodles every now and then won’t harm your health, here’s things in a little more perspective as to why living off of instant ramen noodles is not the best solution…
A study in 6,440 Korean adults found that those who regularly ate instant noodles had lower intakes of protein, phosphorus, calcium, iron, potassium, niacin and vitamins A and C, compared to those who didn’t consume this food. ²
Eat those noodles and enjoy them if that’s what you like, but don’t live off of them.