How To Choose The Best Sushi For a Lean Body

It’s Friday and many of you will be having sushi for one of your weekend meals. I eat sushi at restaurants a lot but also pick up some during the week at my local Whole Foods or Central Market that is already made because it’s healthy and convenient.  Sushi can be a great high-protein/lowfat meal if you make the right choices. But, there are so many options! Here is a a breakdown of what to order at restaurants and be sure to watch the clip below where  Lily Jang (CBS/KHOU) and I show you the best grocery store picks! 

The Good

  • Edamame (no salt) = great protein source and is lowfat
  • Sashimi (no rice) for lowfat protein.
  • Brown Rice (in moderation). Try to order your sushi with brown vs. white rice
  • Lean Fish such as tuna, shrimp, crab (or crab stick – without mayo), etc.
  • Avocado (in moderation).
  • Wasabi
  • Tofu – as long as it’s not covered in sauce. Ask for plain or grilled.
  • Salad rolls (lettuce vs. rice)
  • Green Tea
  • Robata (grilled meat or fish)

The Bad

  • Low Sodium Soy Sauce (in moderation)
  • Salmon isn’t bad…but it’s a fattier choice. Just make sure you aren’t loading up on other fats during the meal and you’ll be ok.
  • Special Rolls like “Crazy” “Crunchy”, etc. Make sure they list all the ingredients and if anything is fried or with mayo don’t get it!
  • Too much rice. Make some of your meal with sashimi, lettuce wraps or rice paper wraps.
  • Seaweed Salad. This can be ok if it’s not tossed with a bunch of oil or sauce. Seaweed itself is loaded with antioxidants and is low-calorie.

The Ugly

  • Anything Tempura (aka fried)
  • Regular Soy Sauce (high sodium!)
  • Any Extra Sauces or “Special Sauce” – they are usually full of fat and sugar
  • Mayo (many rolls have it – so order without)
  • Cream Cheese – you don’t need it and it’s just extra fat and calories.

 Best Grocery Store Sushi Options….

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