Unwrapping the Sushi Roll

Without a doubt one of my favorite foods is sushi- the smooth wrapping of nori around the sticky bundle of rice, creamy chunk of avocado, crunchy cucumber, and fresh piece of salmon is simply the perfect combination in my mind.  Add in a side of seaweed salad, pickled ginger and a little soy sauce and my meal is complete.

quinoaBut before you break the chopsticks, sharpen up on the following facts that you might have wished had come in your fortune cookie.

Fish: tuna, yellowtail, salmon, or shrimp

*Be aware that many crab rolls use imitation crab instead of the real thing

Rice: brown, black, multi-grain, quinoa or none. These options are full of complex carbs & fiber. One of my favorite rolls is riceless and simply wrapped with cucumber!

*White rice is high in simple carbs which digest quickly & will leave you feeling unsatisfied

Tempura:  battered and deep-fried, try to avoid these rolls & instead add some crunch with fresh cucumber

*If you’re really craving the crispy crunch, stick to one roll

Inside: any fruits or veggies- my favorites are cucumber, mango & avocado

*Avoid heavy additives such as cream cheese and mayo

Sauces: low-sodium soy sauce & wasabi is a flavorful combo that is low in calories

*Spicy mayo is high in fat & sauces (eel) are normally high in sugar. Ask for the sauce on the side and instead use it as a dip!

Keep in mind- sushi can be a very healthy, balanced meal of carbs, protein and healthy fats when done right. Don’t be afraid to try new things & if you are choosing to indulge, balance it out with a simple salmon, tuna, or veggie roll!

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