When people think of weight loss, they focus on healthy eating and exercise. We all know that a balanced diet is what we need to get rid of unwanted body fat. But why should we compromise on taste and forgo delicious meals on the weight loss journey? One of the delicious and healthy meals you can think of is lots of vegetables, seaweed wraps, fish and vinegar rice. Sounds like a great option for weight loss. But is sushi healthy enough to lose weight? Read on to find out if sushi is good for weight loss.
HealthShots connected with holistic health coach Azhar Ali Sayed, who shared everything you need to know about sushi.
What is sushi?
Medium-grain rice is cooked in vinegar and combined with raw or cooked fish and a variety of toppings or toppings to make sushi. Sayed says that contrary to popular opinion, rice, not raw fish, is the key ingredient in sushi. The dish requires a specific type of vinegar to be used in the preparation of the rice. Rice vinegar, salt and sugar are the main ingredients of sushi vinegar. This gives the rice its distinctive flavor and a sticky texture that retains its shape when ground.
There are many varieties of sushi to choose from. There are maki rolls made with rice, seaweed and various toppings (usually a vegetable or seafood). Nigiri, on the other hand, is rice covered with raw fish. Then there is the temaki, which is a hand roll where nori (or seaweed) is used as a wrap and filled with rice and fish and/or vegetables (benefits of eating fish).
Is sushi good for weight loss?
The term “sushi” is a broad term as it refers to a wide variety of ingredient combinations. Nevertheless, some varieties of sushi, especially the simpler varieties, can be incorporated into a balanced diet for weight loss. Sushi can be part of a healthy diet as long as you’re careful about the sauces you use and limit fried foods like tempura shrimp. Healthy and light components of Sushi could be a smart choice if simply ordered when trying to lose weight.
Sushi that contains omega-3 fatty acids (signs of omega-3 deficiency), which are anti-inflammatory and vital for heart health, is extremely healthy. Fatty fish like salmon and mackerel contain an abundance of omega-3s. Along with other vitamins and minerals like selenium, zinc, and iodine, fish also contains vitamin D and vitamin B12. Some types of sushi like maki and temaki rolls contain dried seaweed which contains many nutrients like calcium, magnesium, phosphorus, iron, sodium, iodine, thiamin and vitamins A, C and E.
The best and worst sushi for weight loss
Some sushi rolls contain mayonnaise, cream cheese, and fried foods that should be avoided when dieting.
Here are two low calorie sushi recipes you can consider making while dieting –
1. Tuna roll
• 100 grams of cooked sushi rice
• 1 tablespoon seasoned rice vinegar
• 1 nori sheet
• 100 grams of tuna
• 50 grams of cucumber (cut into strips)
• 50 grams of avocado cut lengthwise (how to eat an avocado).
• On a sushi mat or plastic wrap, place the nori with the shiny side down.
• Cook the sushi rice, then add seasoned rice vinegar
• Once the rice has cooled you will be ready to roll the sushi
• The rice mixture should be spread on each nori sheet. Make sure to leave just a little space with no rice on top
• Each roll should be topped with a horizontal line of tuna, cucumber and avocado. Roll nori tightly around these ingredients.
• Continue rolling while removing the plastic wrap as you go.
• In a bowl of water, dip your fingers and run them along the top of the nori, then finish rolling. The water helps seal the roll keeping it wrapped.
• Use a sharp knife to easily slice the roll.
2. Cucumber roll
• 1 nori sheet
• 100 grams of prepared sushi rice
• 100 grams of Japanese cucumbers (cut into long sticks)
• Place a piece of nori just above a bamboo mat
• Take sushi rice and spread it on the nori.
• Take 1/8 of the cucumber sticks and lay it horizontally on the rice, and finally roll it up.
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