Yesterday I shared a gluten-free chicken lo mein recipe I made up using gluten-free ramen noodles. If you’re a noodle addict like me, you’ll love all the gluten-free noodle options available today. While in the past I’ve written about 5 Amazing Gluten-Free Pasta Alternatives, you may still crave delicious noodles. Well, you’re in luck as Lotus Foods makes gluten-free ramen noodles that are definitely worthy of their own post!
So let’s talk a little about conventional ramen noodles because most of us lived on ramen noodles in college or when we were just starting off on our own. We probably keep a few squares in our pantries for days when we don’t feel like cooking.
However, you should think twice about your ramen noodles. For less than a buck per package, you have to wonder what kind of ingredients are in there that are so cheap. First off, the ingredients in Nissin brand Top Ramen Oriental Flavor includes wheat flour (off limits to us GFers), a preservative, and a slew of other things I can’t pronounce. The noodles are also flash fried in oil before packaging. If you eat the entire entire ramen square, you’ll consume 380 empty calories and 1600 mg of sodium, or 2/3 of your daily recommended salt intake.
And then there’s Lotus Food Rice Ramen* made with only two ingredients: Organic brown rice flour and organic millet. An ingredient list doesn’t get more clean than that!
For those of us on a gluten-free diet, rice is our staple and usually easily digestible. Since Lotus Foods Rice Ramen is made with whole grains (brown rice), the calories don’t spike your blood sugar and it doesn’t give you wasted carbs. Plus, each square contains eight grams of protein, and there’s no seasoning packet full of sodium and preservatives. Instead, you prepare these gluten-free ramen noodles however you like, maybe in some bone broth or like I did in this gluten-free chicken lo mein recipe.
Another reason to love Lotus Foods Rice Ramen is that the company is conscientious about how it grows rice. It sources rice that follows a System of Rice Intensification (SRI). SRI is a different way of cultivating rice that enables small-scale farmers to double and triple their yields while using 80-90% less seed, 50% less water, and less or no chemical inputs.
You can buy Lotus Foods Rice Ramen and other gluten free rice noodles on Amazon*. I personally suggest buying the 12-pack. It contains 12 squares of gluten-free ramen noodles. You’ll go through the bag quickly – trust me! I love the Brown Rice and Millet Rice Ramen, but you should also try other varieties, including Forbidden Rice Ramen (black rice ramen) and Jade Pearl Rice Ramen. You can also buy a variety pack here* and try all the gluten-free ramen you desire!
I hope you enjoy these gluten-free ramen noodles as much as I do. I really wouldn’t be recommending them if I didn’t personally eat and enjoy them myself. And if you’re not gluten-free, by the way, you should just switch your ramen noodles to gluten-free rice ramen noodles anyway. Not only will you get the gluten out of your diet, but you’ll avoid unnecessary empty calories, sodium and preservatives…. and they taste better. Just sayin’!
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