I am someone who is obsessed with sushi! Being a vegetarian (some find this term misleading because I actually eat seafood so I’m not a “pure” vegetarian but instead a pescetarian), seafood and sushi are on my lunch/dinner menus way too often – so I have to really know how to pick ’em or I’m going to end up giving vegetarians a bad name.
Like with ANY meal you’re not making with your own hands, there are do’s and don’ts. Let’s explore them, shall we?
But first!! If you have never attempted to try making sushi at home – YOU MUST! It’s a lot of work and takes quite a lot of time but honestly, when we did, it was the best sushi I’ve ever had and we ended up making such big quantities. It was Sushi Nirvana. (A few pics from our 1st sushi night attempt)
Now on to the serious business! I know sushi is tricky with all the different names so I thought it would be best to draw you a picture, no really.
Maximize on the good! (order these)
Avoid the trap:
- Sushi benefits include high omega-3 fatty acids. We’ve talked about these before remember? They’ve been shown to reduce heart disease risk, help moderate blood sugar levels in people with diabetes, lower blood pressure, maintain proper nervous system health, and even ease arthritis pain, its really the miracle fat, but is ONLY needed in small doses.
- The seaweed in sushi contains high levels of Vitamins A, B-complex, vitamin C and iodine.
- For people like me, sushi is a great (and main!) source of protein!
- Limit and avoid mayo, cream, fried and battered (yes I said it – that shrimp tempura is off your list). Do I need to give you a visual why you need to stop these?
To name a few:
|Shrimp tempura roll||500-544||13-21|
|Philedephia roll (salmon and cheese)||290-320||5-11|
|Spicy tuna roll||290||11|
Wait wait, I can show you more
This shrimp tempura (at 540 calories) is equal to wait -for- it
MCDONALD’S BIG MAC (and let’s face it, the big mac is more filling then just one roll of shrimp tempura)
Finally, tips to follow when ordering:
- Start with edamame! More details on why this is a great starter in this post.
- Try getting the simple Tuna maki (basic seaweed, rice and tuna) or crab maki etc.. and a salmon/tuna sashimi on the side. Top your maki’s with the salmon sashimi and VIOLA! you’ve created your own new sushi meal!
- Pace yourself, this is a constant reminder to really be conscious of what you are eating.
I can’t handle all this sushi business, I think I’m going to go order some!