Sushi is one of my favorite foods. It’s the perfect date night or girls’ night food, and most cities have sushi restaurants at a wide variety of prices. A diverse sushi restaurant will also have options to feed anyone, from the more adventurous uni-lover to the tamer shrimp tempura or veggie roll.
With how Americanized sushi restaurants have become, a lot of your favorite sushi rolls and menu items have become much less healthy than their traditional counterparts. Without noticing, you can assume you’ve had a healthy dinner when you’ve really had a lot of bad-for-you dishes.
To stay healthy at a sushi restaurant, try to avoid any tempura-fried items. Anything called crispy, fried or crunchy is most likely either deep-fried or has pieces of deep-fried batter incorporated into it.
Popular salads at sushi restaurants often include a creamy ginger dressing, which is tasty but usually has a lot of sugar and oil, making it a fairly unhealthy salad. Cream cheese is also prevalent in a lot of contemporary sushi rolls. Avoid any dishes called Philadelphia or creamy, or try to limit yourself to only a few pieces.
One of the sneakiest unhealthy sushi items is the spicy roll. A lot of spicy rolls are a mixture of raw fish, jalapeño and/or chili oil -- a delicious and healthy roll. However, lots of restaurants use a spicy fish mixture that’s mayonnaise-based. Delicious, but if you’re trying to make your sushi dinner healthy, it’s best to avoid mayonnaise-laden rolls and stick to the more traditional dishes.
Sushi makes for a fabulous dinner, and if you pay attention, it can be a healthy one, too.