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The Most Creative Ramen Recipes That You Should Not Miss

The Most Creative Ramen Recipes That You Should Not Miss

As the new semester starts, balancing finances between school, work, rent, and gas can be quite a task. On top of all of this we have to worry about how to stay nourished enough to survive. Sadly, many college students often resort to a strict diet – where the main source of nutrients stems from these ever so popular instant noodles. In fact, it would cost an individual just over $150 per year to live solely on ramen alone. This could explain the tight bond between these noodles and the frugality of college students.

Ramen products have been consumed in nearly every corner of the world since 1958– meaning that many of us were born into a place in the world where ramen already existed and we have all probably eaten it more times than we would like to admit. While ramen noodles are a simple food item, they also offer endless opportunities for creative improvement. There are a number of opportunities for you to incorporate ramen and creativity into your daily dinner schedule, in order to create an option that can be classified as a substantial meal – while remaining cheap.

We scoured the internet to compile a list of 13 of the most creative ramen recipes to try for your next meal. Enjoy.

Ramen Snack Mix

This recipe struck home with me, because I was quite guilty of eating crushed-up, uncooked ramen noodles growing up. Thankfully, Gina and Nick over at The Candid RD put together this fantastic recipe to create a trail mix-type snack to eat on the go.

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Ramen Pizza

Ramen Pizza
    SeriousEats.com

    If you are anything like me, you know that pizza can be the perfect meal for any time of the day. Breakfast, lunch, dinner, second dinner… you get it. Pizza rocks. The folks over at Bookbyte graced me with the knowledge of this ramen recipe when they covered their favorite ramen recipes for college students. This recipe comes to you from Adam over at Serious Eats.

    Ramen Brownies with Whiskey Caramel

    I never thought I would live to see the day where I could read “ramen”, “whiskey”, and “brownies” all in the same recipe, but thanks to the team over at 10th Kitchen, I was able to see this mouth-watering masterpiece.

    Ramen Grilled Cheese Sandwich (With Kimchi)

    This ramen grilled cheese sandwich recipe I found while researching the recipes could be a favorite. After all, who doesn’t love a grilled cheese sandwich? Sarah from The Delicious Life put together this glorious recipe after she thought that the worlds of the the original kimchi ramen grilled cheese and the ramen burger should, in fact, collide.

    Ramen Hoagie Roll

    Just when you thought the sandwich world couldn’t be more extreme, Grub Street came up with their version of a hoagie roll – using two blocks of instant ramen. It actually looks pretty good.

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    Ramen Crispy Treats

    Ramen noodles are now even infiltrating the dessert world. Miss Mochi put together this ramen-based recipe – a new spin on the classic rice crispy treat. This could go well after a serving of the aforementioned ramen pizza.

    Ramen Chicken Nuggets

    The chicken nugget universe has seemed a bit boring throughout its lifetime. The Oh, Bite It team recognized this and put together these bad boys. They’re everything you currently love about chicken nuggets, with the addition of our friend instant ramen noodles.

    Ramen Poutine

    Poutine is an incredible dish on its own. Fries, cheese curds, and brown gravy – you can’t ask for much more. Culinary Bro Down immediately proved me wrong by offering their spin on this Canadian delicacy – substituting ramen for the French fries.

    Ramen Waffle Sandwich

    Oh, come on! The moment I saw this recipe was the exact moment I realized the world may have gone insane. I didn’t believe there were many options when it comes to a waffle sandwich, but the nice people at Chow Hound showed me how wrong I can be with their savory ramen waffle sandwich.

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    Ramac & Cheese

    Have you ever sat down and ate mac and cheese while thinking, “This would be much better without these pesky elbow noodles”? Well, thankfully Serious Eats put together this glorious beast: Ramac & Cheese. All the glory of mac & cheese with a ramen twist. What a time to be alive!

    Ramen Donuts

    Ramen noodles. Donuts. Need I say more?

    Chili Cheese Ramen

    All of America’s favorite foods together at last. The nice people at Food.com put together this recipe for combining the wonders of chili-mac and the ever-so-great ramen noodle soup. I won’t lie, it looks pretty delicious.

    Ramacos (Ramen Tacos)

    Serious Eats is seriously killing it when it comes to ramen-based foods. This simple recipe can create a new, delicious spin on the world of tacos.

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    Overall, there are a near-endless supply of fantastic ramen-inspired recipes throughout the world, but you must be able to utilize your creativity and ingenuity to create these fantastic dishes. After all, we are millennials right? We are supposed to come up with these things. Thank you for reading and cheers!

    Featured photo credit: Miss Mochi via 4.bp.blogspot.com

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    Last Updated on August 15, 2018

    7 Amazing Things That Will Happen When You Do Plank Every Day

    7 Amazing Things That Will Happen When You Do Plank Every Day

    Bodyweight exercises are gaining ground in the fitness world due to the practicality and simplicity of getting in shape using your own body weight. Planks are one form of bodyweight exercises that will never go out of fashion. Planks are one of the most effective exercises you can do. Why? Because they require a small time investment on your part, and offer the chance to achieve substantial results in a relatively short span of time.

    Video Summary

    Why is it important to train up our core strength?

    There are numerous sites and blogs which detail ways to build your core muscles or core strength. Often though, these sites neglect to explain what your core muscles actually are, and why building them is important.

    This is quite surprising, as core muscles are quite easy to explain. Your core muscles are a series of muscles in your midsection, and are used in most forms of movement. Though they aren’t housed in your arms or legs, your core muscles can help transfer force from one limb to another, or are used in addition to muscles in your arms or legs to increase their effectiveness. As such a strong core will make a big improvement on your ability to move and exercise further.

    Also they are great for helping other muscles in your midsection such as your abdominal muscles. Your abdominal muscles are important for supporting your back and spinal column, and as such are important aids in preventing injuries. However for them to be most effective you need to spend a lot of time developing your core muscles.

    In short, planking exercises can make a huge improvement in your muscles down your whole body. Making them a hugely effective exercise to perform.

    One Exercise, multiple benefits

    There are few forms of exercise as effective at building your core as planking exercises. However, planking exercises benefit far more than just your core strength.

    By holding yourself in the position for a planking exercise, you’ll notice that your biceps, neck, and shoulder muscles are also being tested and strained. This this encouraging their buildup and development. This is great news if you like to do press ups, developed shoulder muscles will have a big impact on your press up performance.

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    When planking, you are holding yourself up through your arms and biceps and so by holding a planking position, your arm muscles are being toned and developed. Making planking a great alternative exercise to other forms of bicep developing exercises.

    Moving down your midsection, successful plank exercises actually develop the muscles in your butt! These muscles tend to be ignored by a lot of exercises, so this is another great benefit of plank exercises.

    In much the same way as you develop your biceps and arm muscles, holding the planking position helps develop the muscles in your thighs too.

    What is even better is that planking exercises don’t take much time at all. In fact you should probably only spend about ten minutes max per day in the planking exercise.

    What will happen when you start doing planks every day

      1. You’ll improve core definition and performance: 

      Planks are an ideal exercise for the abdominal muscles exactly because they engage all major core muscle groups including the transverse abdominus, the rectus abdominusthe external oblique muscle, and the glutes. The importance of strengthening each muscle group cannot be underestimated either, for all of these groups serve their own purpose. If you strengthen these muscle groups you will notice:

      • Transverse abdominis: increased ability to lift heavier weights.
      • Rectus adbominis: improved sports performance, particularly with jumping. This muscle group is also responsible for giving you the renowned six pack look.
      • Oblique muscles: improved capacity for stable side-bending and waist-twisting
      • Glutes: a supported back and a strong, shapely booty.

      2. You’ll decrease your risk of injury in the back and spinal column

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        Doing planks is a type of exercise that allow you to build muscle while also making sure that you are not putting too much pressure on your spine or hips. According to the American Council on Exercise, doing planks regularly not only significantly reduces back pain but it also strengthens your muscles and ensures a strong support for your entire back, especially in the areas around your upper back.

        Check out this article if you would like to find out about how doing planks on different surfaces can impact the effectiveness of this exercise in strengthening your core.

        3. You’ll experience an increased boost to your overall metabolism

          Planking is an excellent way of challenging your entire body because doing them every day will burn more calories than other traditional abdominal exercises, such as crunches or sit-ups. The muscles you strengthen by doing this exercise on a day-to-day basis will ensure that you burn more energy even when sedentary. This is especially important if you are spending the majority of your day sitting in front of a computer. Also, making it a daily 10- to 1 minute home exercise before or after work will not only provide an enhanced metabolic rate but it will also ensure that that metabolic rate remains high all day long, (yes, even while you are asleep).

          4. You’ll significantly improve your posture

            Planking exercises have a great impact and improvement on your posture. This is great news as a strong posture brings with it a huge number of fantastic benefits .

            A good posture keeps your bones and joins in the correct alignment which means both your bones and joints will be better maintained and more healthy, but also means the overall effectiveness of your muscles will be improved.

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            A good posture will ensure your back or spine is in the correct position and so you will suffer less back pain.

            On top of everything, someone with good posture looks better, healthier, and more confident.

            5. You’ll improve overall balance

              Have you ever felt that when you tried standing on one leg, you couldn’t stand up straight for more than a couple of seconds? It’s not because you were drunk- unless you happened to be at the time!-  but rather, it’s because your abdominal muscles weren’t strong enough to give you the balance you needed. Through improving your balance by doing side planks and planks with extensions you will boost your performance in every kind of sporting activity.

              6. You’ll become more flexible than ever before

                Flexibility is a key benefit of doing planks regularly, for this form of exercise expands and stretches all your posterior muscle groups – shouldersshoulder blades, and collarbone – while also stretching your hamstrings, arches of your feet, and toes. With a side plank added in to the mix, you can also work on your oblique muscles. This will provide you with further benefits when it comes to hyper-extending your toes, a movement that is crucial for supporting your body’s weight.

                7. You’ll witness mental benefits

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                  Plank exercises have a particular effect on our nerves, making them an excellent means of improving overall mood. How? Well, they stretch out muscle groups that contribute to stress and tension in the body. Just think about it: you are sitting in your chair, at home or at work, all day long; your thigh muscles get tight, your legs get heavy due to being bent for several hours; and tension develops in your shoulders due to being forced to slump forward all day. These are all circumstances that put too stress on the muscles and nerves. The good news is that planks not only calm your brain, but they can also treat anxiety and symptoms of depression– but only if you make it part of your daily routine.

                  How to hold a plank position

                  1. Get into pushup position on the floor.
                  2. Now bend your elbows 90 degrees and rest your weight on your forearms.
                  3. Keep your torso straight and rigid and your body in a straight line from ears to toes with no sagging or bending.
                  4. Your head is relaxed and you should be looking at the floor.
                  5. Hold the position for as long as you can.
                  6. Remember to breathe. Inhale and exhale slowly and steadily.
                  7. When your form begins to suffer, pull the plug. You’re only benefiting from the plank by actually doing the plank.

                  Watch the video if you have any doubt!

                  Here is a great infographic that shows the best plank variation exercises to evenly target all abdominal muscle groups:

                    How to improve your plank time gradually

                    1. Start with the easier variation if needed. You can start with a bent-knee plank if you can’t perform a regular plank yet. If you can hold a plank for more than two minutes with ease, you can move on to these tougher variations.
                    2. Practise every day. Space your planking exercise throughout the day and do 3-4 times every day. Try to hold the position 10 seconds longer each time.
                    3. Perform other body-weight exercises at the same time. Push-up and squat will improve your core strength too.

                    Are you ready to devote 5-10 minutes of your day, every day, to stay fit, healthy and, most importantly, strong as a bull? Then jump in and make doing plank exercises a part of your life.

                    Who Should Be Cautious Doing The Plank?

                    You need to be cautious doing Planking exercises if any of these risks apply to you:

                    • Prolapse
                    • After prolapse surgery
                    • Pelvic pain conditions
                    • Weak or poorly functioning pelvic floor muscles
                    • Previous childbirth
                    • Overweight

                    Choose an alternative pelvic floor abdominal exercise or consult your doctor before performing plank regularly.

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