Back when I didn’t care about the quality of the food I ate, I was the type to reach for any kind of convenience food that would fill my stomach. In my college days, my roommate introduced me to the idea of putting potato sticks in a peanut butter and jelly sandwich. It was delish and truth be told, I could still put one of those away without too much guilt.
But my go-to, my favorite thing to reach for was Ramen noodles. They are filled with sodium, lack any kind of nutritional value and I’m fairly certain that each package will actually take a few months off your lifespan.
I hadn’t had a package in ages, but I got a hankering for them and when I swung by my sister’s house last week, I pilfered a package (before you judge me for the stealing, I would have asked but she was away for the weekend). Today I ate them, and they were just as salty and delicious as I remembered. But after I finished them, “I said to my husband, I think they actually made me hungrier.” I can only assume that that’s because they actually sucked all the moisture out of my cells.
I can’t say that I can eat such foods with the same reckless abandon I used to. While I did enjoy the one bowl, I certainly won’t make a habit of eating such things. And I felt the need to follow it up with a bowl of salad and a clementine just to restore some moisture and nutrients to my body (and my poor baby).
Back before you had to provide healthy food for little people, what was your favorite convenience lunch? Are such things as good to you now as they used to be?