If you’re anything like me, the new sushi bar in the Lions Den has got you excited for a variety of reasons. First off, SUSHI. Who doesn’t love it? And I suppose a secondary reason could be that sushi is also a healthy meal option. However, just like any other item, there are certain rolls that are healthier than others. If you’re not ordering right, you might be getting the equivalent of chicken tenders and fries at the grill.
Here are a few general rules that should be followed when it comes to ordering sushi:
• Ask for the brown rice instead of the white rice. In the Lions Den, it is only $0.50 more, and it’s worth it, because brown rice contains a good amount of fiber. Fiber is necessary in maintaining healthy digestion and regular bowel movements. In addition, brown rice is an excellent source of other essentials, such as magnesium, selenium and manganese.
• Beware of the crunchy rolls. Crunchy rolls include deep-fried ingredients. Specifically in the Lions Den, the crunchy shrimp tempura and crunchy roll are covered with deep-fried onions, a topping you and your health could certainly do without.
• When choosing a roll, go for fish that are full of omega-3s, which helps prevent heart disease by lowering your levels of “blood fat.” Omega-3s can also reduce depressive symptoms. Salmon and tuna are great sources of omega-3s, and they’re very tasty. While eel is also a good source of omega-3s, it tends to be covered in a brown eel sauce that is counterproductive to its nutritional value.
• Don’t ignore the wasabi and ginger — both have a lot to offer. Wasabi is full of antioxidants, while ginger helps boost the immune system.
• Avoid the spicy mayo and cream cheese. Both are filled with unnecessary calories. In the Lions Den, the crunchy shrimp tempura and crunchy rolls are generally topped with spicy mayo. A salmon and avocado roll is a great alternate for the Philadelphia roll.
• The vegetarian roll is a great option. It includes avocado, cucumber and carrot, three raw vegetables that can do no harm.
Be sure to keep these rules in mind when you’re ordering sushi — your body will thank you later. Happy eating!