Thursday, April 16, 2015

Ordering Take-out? Call for Sushi...and Keep it Figure Friendly!

Sometimes there are nights when all you want to do is put on your pjs at 6pm and proceed to binge watch an amazing show on Netflix while eating food that magically arrived at your door after you made a quick phone call 30 minutes prior.

I.e. It's a night for take-out. On any usual day I tend to eat pretty healthily but with summer on its way, I'm making that extra effort to make better choices and make fitness, as well as nutrition, a priority. 

Some of the things I'm working on? Nixing sugar in my coffee and opting for honey or agave syrup, cutting juice, cutting alcohol (yes, even wine), no pop (I don't drink a lot anyway) and my sweets are basically limited to one piece of dark chocolate per day, only if I need it. 

Tonight though, I had no time to make dinner and just really didn't have the energy. I did want to keep the healthy momentum going so we opted for sushi. Japanese cuisine is known to be one of the healthiest out there due to the use of chlorophyll-rich seaweed and lots of fish. Sushi in particular can be a great option when you want to eat out and eat healthy, but if you are not careful the extra calories can sneak into your meal pretty quickly.

 Here are some tips to make healthier choices while dialing the number for your favourite take-out sushi or even when you are dining at the restaurant

1) Stay away from rolls made of tempura vegetables or shrimp. The extra oil and panko batter can add up to extra calories quickly.

2) Enjoy an appetizer, but skip the deep-fried shrimp or vegetable tempura. Instead, order some Yakitori, the Japanese equivalent to Thailand's grilled chicken satay, or some miso soup which has less than 100 calories per bowl (eat in moderation, as too much soy isn't good for you either).

3) Avoid the rolls that add spicy mayo. To get a hit of heat, add wasabi on top of your sushi or add a drop of sriracha hot sauce. If you pick wasabi though, the benefits are more than just the taste since wasabi radishes are packed with antioxidant power.

4) Whether you're eating sushi at a restaurant or at home, opt for some low-sodium soy sauce and if you are able, avoid the sauce altogether since "low-sodium" definitely doesn't mean "no sodium".

5) Eat your ginger! My favourite part of a sushi meal is the pickled ginger. In fact, I love it so much I almost always have a jar at home. Ginger is a great digestive aid and serves to cleanse the palate in between bites.

6) Choose maki rolls with caution and steer towards sashimi instead, which is thinly cut pieces of raw omega-3 rich fish, like salmon.

7) If you are a maki fan like me, request to have your maki made with brown rice instead of white rice. One maki roll (6-8 pieces) is the equivalent of one whole serving of rice so make sure you know how much you are eating.

8) Don't forget to enjoy a little green tea after your meal to get some extra antioxidants, a little pick me up and to help with digestion.

I love to dine out and trying new restaurants is one of my favourite things to do. As such, it's always good to have a little game plan so that I stay on top of my healthy lifestyle and nutrition goals without sacrificing on taste. Hope you find these tips helpful the next time you decide to enjoy a delicious Sushi meal at a restaurant or at home.

Let me know what your favourite menu item is at your favourite sushi place in the comments below!

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