8 Tips to a Healthier Sushi Dinner

I could eat sushi everyday, well at least three times a week. Sushi is a splurge for my wallet, so when I do indulge, which in all honesty is at least twice a week, I make choices that are in alignment with my workouts and caloric limits. I don’t feel like I am missing anything with these tips in effect. I leave feeling extremely full and satisfied. See for yourself.

Yes, sashimi aka sushi without rice, is a more expensive option, it cuts down on carbs and allows me to add other food items to the menu for the evening. Also, sashimi is pure protein, which most people need to be eating more of.

Healthy Crunch
Love those spider rolls, or shrimp tempura rolls? Well, of course, there are tasty fried bits in there! Avoid these types of rolls. Go for a roll that is full of avocado and cucumber. You will still get the crunch along with a healthy fat.

Edamame are the perfect way to start your meal. Ask them to eliminate the salt, you can add your own once the dish is served. Share these with the table and save calories by avoiding the vegetable tempura.

New Roll Options
A new take on a traditional roll is here! You can have any roll prepared without rice, and wrapped in either cucumber, rice paper, or soy paper. This keeps it light and saves calories that you can spend on other delicious items. 

This falls in line with using your non dominant hand to hold your fork. Using chopsticks will slow down your eating – if you aren’t a master already that is. I sometimes use this method when eating non Japanese food when I am at home. It works.

No More Mayo
Did you know that often times when you order and “spicy” roll there is mayonnaise added to the mixture. Put a stop to that starting now. Order all your rolls without mayo. They will make the adjustment for you gladly. 

Japanese cucumber salad is one of my most favorite components of the sushi experience. Light, fresh and extremely tasty veggies mixed with rice vinegar. If you’ve never tried this before, trust me, it is delicious!
Lighter Soy Sauce
Regular soy sauce packs 920 mg of sodium per tablespoon! Even light versions of soy sauce contain 575 mg of sodium per tablespoon. I did some research and found a brand that has only 145 mg per tablespoon – woo hoo! The brand is Chinatown and I bring it with me when I dine out. No more sodium puffy mornings.


Susy Sedano is a Content Producer, a fitness enthusiast and an avid cook of healthy meals. She prides herself on creating healthy dishes for family and friends, and is always on the hunt for new workouts and recipes! Despite her hectic non-stop work and fitness schedules, she is a “girl’s girl” and a student of life!
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