You mean, we can’t go out to lunch anymore?”
I could hear the disappointment in his voice, so I thought, well, maybe…
How about Sushi Wa?”
My husband and I are creatures of habit. On Tuesdays or Wednesdays, that means either The Cheesecake Factory or Sushi Wa. His days off = our weekly lunch date.
Between the two, Wa would be safer. I’d have more control and confidence over the quantity, macronutrient mix, and prep. However, the servers hadn’t exactly read my blog so…
The perk of being a creature of habit is the order goes in as soon as you walk through the door. So, out comes my husband’s Diet Coke and my beverage trio of hot green tea, iced water with lemon, and…a glass of Chardonnay.
I look at my husband and shrug my shoulders. He moved the glass closer and nodded encouragingly.
Don’t worry, baby. I’ll find some ways for you to work it off later.”
Breakdown & Analysis
Regular Tuna Roll beats Spicy Tuna (or California) as lower in fat and higher in protein.
! Extra carbs from the Chardonnay and total amount of rice around or under each piece of fish
! Extra fat from two of the pieces of sushi – the salmon and the lighter pink tuna sushi (note: when it comes to cuts of tuna, the darker the leaner).
+ Sufficient protein, modestly higher fat and carbs, plenty of hydration 😉
There are two common traps at a sushi restaurant in the US, and they’re both economically related:
1. Ordering rolls
Sushi rolls are the American solution for making sushi more popular and affordable in this country. Rolls tend to be loaded with latent fats and calories from sauces or non-fish ingredients like avocado, cream cheese, or fried batter, to mask the simplicity of fish and rice for the American palate and to cut down on the expensive ingredients — the fish itself — for the sushi operator.
2. Opting for AYCE
Another American invention when it comes to sushi is offering AYCE pricing. This is also why the menu is full of appetizers and exotic rolls with little attention to the traditional sushi or sashimi. Sushi operators would go out of business if we all ordered the traditional stuff!
But beyond this, the issue with AYCE anything or anywhere is our human tendency and temptation to overeat to “get our money’s worth”. By choosing a meal with a set number of pieces, you’re done when your plate is clean, not when your stomach finally catches up with your eyes!