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A Guide to the Best Low-Calorie Sushi Rolls on the Market

on 29th Jun, 2017
Sushi has a long-standing reputation as a healthful and delicious meal in Japanese restaurants all over the world. To understand some of the many health benefits of sushi, one need only look at the Japanese. According to Daily Mail (Bee, 2017), Japanese people are arguably some of the most healthy human beings on the planet. For one, the rate of heart disease among native Japanese populations is some of the lowest, globally. Additionally, this demographic even has notably lower incidences of certain cancers, which many researchers feel is due to a high-level of consumption of vegetables and raw fish, all factors present in the typical Japanese diet.

Throughout the United Arab Emirates, it is quite common to see both families and work professionals gathered around delicious sushi spreads as they hash out business dealings in sushi restaurants. Virtually anyone can benefit from a health-conscious visit to a sushi restaurant in Dubai or Abu Dhabi.

As a general rule, the best sushi rolls tend to have far fewer ingredients, and usually rely heavily on the natural taste of fresh fish, high-quality rice, and seaweed. As with all sushi elsewhere, the absolute best sushi restaurants in Dubai tend to be those which use the freshest ingredients, like Sushi Counter.

Sushi Counter and other high-end Japanese restaurants in Dubai take the utmost care to serve only the highest quality of fish. Sushi is an excellent weight-loss food for a variety of reasons, but most especially because of the low fat and calorie content and lean protein offerings. This article will introduce you to some of the best sushi rolls available for those who want to cut calories and eat healthily. Sushi restaurants in Dubai have healthful alternatives to suit virtually every palate.

Lay-Off the Sugary and Fatty Condiments

Virtually any health-food today can be ruined by the addition of condiments containing high amounts of sugar and high-fat concentrations. Without all the fixings, fish has shown to have incredible power to reduce inflammation, ramp-up brain power, lengthen life, and even strengthen the human heart.

If you’re visiting a Japanese restaurant in Dubai, you might be tempted to order a sushi roll covered in aioli sauce, or with cream cheese already inside. While many Japanese restaurants in Abu Dhabi have mastered these sushi creations, if you’re looking for healthy options, it is best to avoid sushi rolls containing cheese and with heavy sauces.

Instead, you can look for a sushi roll which substitutes lettuce or avocado for less healthy foods. Adding a small amount of wasabi and/or soy sauce to your sushi roll should be fine in small amounts. The mayonnaise sauces are the main ones to avoid if you’re trying to keep your sushi rolls low-calorie, which is perfectly reasonable because the best sushi rolls are usually made with simple ingredients, relying on the natural flavour profiles of the fresh, seaweed, and rice.

Low-Calorie Sushi-Rolls

Spicy Salmon Summer Roll:  Approx. 230 calories & less than 5g of fat per serving

One of the healthiest sushi offerings is the Salmon Cucumber Roll, offered by Sushi Counter and many other Japanese restaurants in Abu Dhabi. It is usually prepared with a very small amount of spicy miso, which offers an appropriate serving of heart-healthy omega 3 fatty acids. The cucumber and iceberg lettuce give the meal added nutrients.

Vegetable Sushi Rolls: Around 170 calories & usually under 5 grams of fat

Veggie sushi rolls are another low-fat, low-calorie choice for the health-conscious sushi aficionado. Pickled and fresh vegetables offer Vitamins C, E, and A. While the outer seaweed is a good source of zinc, iodine, and calcium. To make your sushi roll even more healthy you can either skip the rice entirely or ask for brown rice instead.

The Rainbow Roll: Approx. 330 calories & less than 9 grams of fat

Virtually all sushi restaurants in Abu Dhabi have some kind of rainbow roll offering. The rainbow roll turns the traditional sushi wrapping inside-out…quite literally. These are made with a brightly colored fish on the outside and a small amount of rice and vegetable in the middle. While the rainbow typically has a bit more fat, it also carries more omega oils and proteins.

Tuna Green Apple California Roll: Approx. 255 calories & less than 8 grams of fat

The sushi roll is one of a kind. The blend of fresh fruit, fresh fish and ripe vegetables are great for both your heart and your taste buds.

Say No to Fried Options

Fried Sushi

While the best Japanese restaurants in Dubai offer many fried foods—shrimp tempura, and various other vegetables often fried in panko-- to truly reap the health benefits of sushi, you should eat your vegetables raw. Stay away from fried foods, and those that contain a lot of carbohydrates, like pan-seared dumplings. You’ll find that sushi restaurants in Dubai have many options for their guests. You shouldn’t have any problems in finding a delicious healthy alternative to many fried foods.

Some Final Thoughts

As shown above, the best sushi for you is often sushi rolls that are made with fresh vegetables and which don’t include heavy sauces or sugary ingredients. The best sushi can combine even the simplest of ingredients to create a symphony of taste for your palate. Because virtually all sushi rolls are made with seaweed wrapping—you’ll find that a meal at Sushi Counter gives you a boost of iodine, as well as antioxidants (which are contained in the wasabi).

Fresh fish also holds omega fatty acids which are incredibly good for your heart and brain. In fact, just from salmon alone, your body will get a healthy dose of vitamin D, selenium, vitamin B12, niacin, choline, potassium, pantothenic acid, and much more. The role of iodine in the human body is to help the metabolism to work—so that is certainly a plus for anyone who wants to still be healthy or lose weight. Find sushi restaurants in Abu Dhabi, or visit Sushi Counter, and have some of the healthiest sushis available to date.

 

A Guide to the Best Low-Calorie Sushi Rolls on the Market

Sushi has a long-standing reputation as a healthful and delicious meal in Japanese restaurants all over the world. To understand some of the many health benefits of sushi, one need only look at the Japanese. According to Daily Mail (Bee, 2017), Japanese people are arguably some of the most healthy...