Sushi: A Healthy and Affordable Option That Tastes Good

Trying to eat healthy for the new year, but already tired of the bland taste that accompanies most food that’s good for you? Make your taste buds happy again and stay on track to meet your weight-loss goals with some help from the chefs at Temaki House.

We think healthy food should taste good, and we work to incorporate an explosion of Brazilian flavor and seasonings into every temaki (handroll), traditional sushi roll or don (bowl) we prepare. Don’t let the sugar, salt and fat in most fast food kill your taste buds. It’s time to try a better fast-food option.

Temaki House offers affordable, convenient and, most importantly, nutritional options for both lunch and dinner. Consider these healthy benefits of eating our sushi:

Nutrient-Filled Nori

As a staple in Japanese cuisine, nori (the thin sheets of seaweed used to wrap our temaki) is filled with nutrients, including vitamins A, B and C. It also contains iodine, essential for proper hormone function, as well as magnesium (heart health), calcium (bone health), iron (creates energy from nutrients), and folic acid (brain function).

Proteins in seaweed can also reduce blood pressure and improve heart health, according to a review published in the Journal of Agricultural and Food Chemistry.

Benefits of Fish

Fish is high in Omega-3 fatty acids, protein, vitamin D and selenium. Omega-3s help your body guard against heart disease and stroke, as well as aid in the prevention of depression, dementia and Alzheimer’s disease. Selenium is an antioxidant that helps protect against cancer.

Both salmon and tuna are excellent sources of vitamin D, which your body needs in order to absorb calcium and keep bones strong — especially important during these cold, dark months in Indiana. We also make our sushi with other healthy proteins, such as crab, shrimp, mahi-mahi and smoked tofu.

Vegetable Boost

Nearly every diet on the planet promotes eating more vegetables, especially the healthy ones. Our temaki rolls contain nutrient-dense vegetables such as fat-healthy avocado, carrots, cucumbers, collard greens, asparagus, celery, and red and green onions.

Boost your intake of nutrients with a sushi roll packed full of veggies and seafood. Not only are they good for you, they’ll make you feel lighter and totally energized.

Sushi Sauces

Our chefs use seasonings to add flavor to the rice and fish in our sushi, but they also take special pride in the various sauces created to spice up our entrees. Our sushi flavors light up your taste buds with various concoctions, including lemon zest mayo, spicy mayo, eel sauce, tabasco, sriracha, wasabi mayo and Brazilian cream cheese.

While sushi is generally a lean source of low-calorie, high-quality protein, some weight watchers may want to avoid the mayo options. As an alternative, try spicy wasabi, which contains antioxidants, and pickled ginger, which is an antimicrobial and antiviral agent. Both will keep you healthy in the coming year, as well as help you achieve your new year goals.