Sushi, Sushi

Oh my… my mouth is salivating thinking of my planned dinner tonight with the girls. Why you ask? Sushi is on the menu. Every few weeks or so, my girlfriends and I meet up for our most treasured dish.

Tonight, Erin, Becky, and I are hitting up Fusian. (Side Note): a friend of mine from college founded this über popular sushi chain in 2010 with his two childhood friends. Here is their story.

I believe everyone should have a few non-negotiable foods that satisfy their deepest cravings. Mine happen to be sushi, wine, and chocolate. I don’t really discriminate…dark chocolate, milk chocolate, white chocolate, chocolate covered strawberries, Trader Joe’s chocolate covered edamame

okay back to sushi.

My normal order:

starter: edamame

roll: seaweed wrap, tuna & smoked salmon (double meat), cucumber, avocado, jalapeno, cream cheese, spicy mayo, sesame seeds. YES. i. know. cream cheese and spicy mayo are unhealthy… but my motto is… satisfy your craving the way you desire it (in moderation) and then your done. you don’t go back for more. and more. well at least for a few weeks.

What’s so healthy bout’ it?

  • The Fish (particularly fatty fish) is loaded with omega-3 fatty acids. There are SO many health benefits of omega-3 fatty acids, I don’t have the time to write them all out (wow, that sounded bossy). See this article for the proof.
  • The Wrap. The seaweed wrap (most common) is loaded with iron, potassium, manganese, selenium, choline, folate, riboflavin, vitamins A and C and calcium.
  • The Veggies. Load your roll with vegetables, and benefit from the minerals, vitamins, and monounsaturated fats.
  • The Rice (white is most common) is fat-free. Go for brown rice for extra fiber and whole grains.

Watching your carbs: go for sashimi. no rice. just meat=low carb

Watching your sodium: go light on the soy sauce or use the low sodium version. watch your intake of smoked salmon.

Watching your fat intake: go light on the mayonnaise based sauces, cream cheese, and skip the deep-fried rolls.

Watching your calories (aren’t we all): everything in moderation.

Fortunately, the side dishes served at most sushi restaurants are super healthy. Load up on edamame, miso soup (watch your sodium intake), or seaweed salad before your sushi roll and you’ll be less likely to overindulge.

Fusian has a handy dandy nutrition calculator. Build your sushi roll, then it tells you all the nutritional info. Check it out here.

 Is raw fish safe? Women who plan to become pregnant in the near future, those who are already pregnant or nursing, children up to age 12, elderly people, and anyone with liver disease or any other disease or condition that compromises their immune system should steer clear of raw fish.

Anyone ever up for sushi, gimme a ring. I’m always up for it 🙂

References:

  • Livestrong: Is Eating Sushi Healthy?
  • MSN: Is it safe to eat sushi?
  • Livestrong: What Are The Benefits of Sushi?
  • Livestrong: Nutritional Benefits of Sushi

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