Category : Food
Instant noodles may be quick, cheap and filling – they certainly seem to merit their status as a student staple – but they are also pretty high in calories. The average packet, which weighs in at around 85g and contains nothing more than the noodles and a sachet of powdered flavouring, costs a whopping 400 calories. That’s almost half the number you need per day if you are trying to lose weight.
Daughters #1 and #2 eat a lot of noodles, so I was interested to see these low fat, low sodium alternatives from Indonesian brand Tropicana Slim, which at 230 calories per 80g packet, compare very well with the usual version.
The packet is bigger and better illustrated, then there are 4 sachets of spices and sauce inside, all presumably to justify a price that would probably buy you a bundle pack of own-name brand noodles in the same store.
Otherwise it is all very much the same. Add boiling water and leave the noodles to soften and cook, empty in the contents of all the sachets, stir and enjoy.
Except I swiftly discovered what is probably the real reason these are diet noodles – they taste very dull despite the spices, and they have a stringy texture which makes them a chore to eat. I gave up and had something else instead.