Looking for fun snack ideas for kinds after school? Look no further than instant ramen! Create a ramen party for the whole family in minutes by giving your kinds simple, wholesome, and delicious ramen cups with simple toppings so they can make their own ramen cups or bowls. It's an easy snack idea for when you want something even picky eaters will love and that makes hiding vegetables inside easy for the parents!
But, how can I feel good about feeding my kinds instant ramen?
Instant ramen is changing! We know, we know, when you heard “instant ramen,” your first thought might have something to do with the flavorless, fried, overly salty ramen you ate in college. Well, ramen has grown up with you, and we're here to help. And the best part is your kids can enjoy it, too!
Mike’s Mighty Good craft ramen is made with simple ingredients and noodles that are made from scratch and steamed, not fried. Parents and kids alike will love the taste, and the ingredients are something we can all be happy about.
The best part about this fun and easy snack idea for kids is that it's interactive. It's a way for the whole family to get together and socialize by doing something fun! Even picky eaters will love the play that comes with getting creative with their ramen bowl. It gives parents and kids a chance for quality time together to talk and bond, OR time for the parents to get something done while the kids are happily distracted by the snack making.
We interviewed our friend Kelly of @nuturingbodyandmind about her family's ramen parties and why throwing them is her favorite snack idea for kids. Here’s what she had to say!
About Kelly’s family:
“We are a family of five! We love to spend time at home (home is where the heart is) but we also like to be outdoors. Going for hikes, walks around our neighborhood or playing in our backyard. The kids have mini dirt bikes so they love to ride. We also love spending time at the lake on our boat and swimming! I’m currently teaching the kids the basics on cooking and they love to help with meals. They also love to color, read and play the Wii on occasion.”
How Kelly started her blog:
“I started @Nurturingbodyandmind because I wanted to hold myself accountable with eating healthy after my son was born (he’s now 7!) It became a passion of mine using simple ingredients to make healthy food appealing. Typically the stigma is that healthy food is boring but I have proven to many people that eating healthy does not have to be boring or tasteless. Less is more! Using herbs and seasonings can elevate your food to a whole new level. It’s also important to myself and my kids that they understand the meaning of balance. We eat very healthy but we also don’t deprive them of treats! Nor I!”
Sharing meals as a family:
“When we eat together as a family we like to talk about our day. Food brings people together and we make sure to get our kids involved all the way from preparing our food to cleaning up after. They love to help set and clear the table. To make eating together work with how busy life can be we try and set aside enough time to be together before we move on to the next activity for our day or evening. We like to set aside a certain amount of time for eating together and we make sure not to have any distractions like the television so we can give ourselves undivided attention.”
Why is Mike’s Mighty Good a great meal option for kids?
“My kids love Mike’s Mighty Good ramen so much. For lunch it’s nice to switch up their usual peanut butter and jelly for a healthy ramen. I add spinach for extra nutrients and sometimes will add a boiled egg and avocado. On the nights my husband works late and is gone for dinner, Mike’s Mighty Good comes in so handy. It takes only minutes to make and can be incredibly versatile with the unlimited options of different toppings you can add.”
As a mom, do you feel confident and good feeding your kids Mike’s Mighty Good ramen?
“I feel very confident feeding my kids Mike’s Mighty Good ramen. I like that the noodles are made from scratch, steamed and never fried. I like the clean ingredients and I appreciate the lower sodium levels compared to some of the other brands available. Their ingredients don’t compare to Mike’s Mighty Good or how rich and tasty the broth is.”
How Kelly & the kids likes their Mike’s Mighty Good:
“I always add spinach, avocado and a boiled egg. That is my go to for all of us because it’s simple and I most often always have those ingredients on hand in my kitchen.”
Favorite flavors & recipes:
“Ahhh I have so many! I would have to go would be the Pork Tonkotsu as my number 1 favorite but quite honestly they are all amazing. So hard to choose! I have several photos on my Instagram feed @nurturingbodyandmind which show some of my most favorite creations, one of them including dumplings into my ramen. So delicious!”
Here's Kelly's favorite ramen bowl:
“What you need to make this bowl of ramen:
1 spicy pork tonkostu Mike's Mighty Good pillow pack
1/4 cup sliced green onions
1 pasture raised egg
Squeeze from half of a lemon
Small bunch of cilantro
1 small garlic clove-will press through garlic press
1 teaspoon sesame oil
Half teaspoon of spicy sesame oil
1/2-1 teaspoon of ginger
Quarter cubed avocado .
Boil water for ramen. While water heats up, heat a small cast iron pan on medium heat and add both sesame oils
Once hot crack egg onto one side of pan and crushed garlic to other side. Once garlic is fragrant add green onions and ginger. Sauté for just a few minutes and set aside. Let egg cook until white is set and cooked to your liking
Add ramen noodles to boiling water. Cook according to package directions and add spice/oil packet. Pour into bowl and add toppings. Carefully place your egg on top. Squeeze lemon over your egg and broth. ENJOY!”