Low-carb sushi is an oxymoron, right? Are you aware of the shocking truth behind sushi? Sushi is healthy right? Hmm, about that you may need to think again.
How many carbs are in sushi?
Sushi is a high-carb meal.
You may not thank me for posting the picture below. I bet you were eating sushi thinking it was a healthy alternative to sandwiches? But when you see deconstructed sushi and the equivalent number of slices of bread, you may never touch it again.
You already know that sushi contains rice, but did you know that many sushi contains added sugar to help the rice become sticky? There is also sugar in the pickled ginger, the sweet sticky sauces and wheat in the crumbed coatings.
And did you know sushi is made with shorter grain rice which has a higher starch content?
And when you see how little nutrition there is, you may decide never to eat sushi again. It's just not worth the high blood sugars.
And look at the teeny weeny quarter avocado, fake crab, mayonnaise (probably made with vegetable oils and sugar) and the almost homoeopathic dose of tuna. You know I'm always repeating myself asking you to give up the sandwiches, because in reality, it is the filling that is the nutritious part, well this picture is an incredibly visual way to understand that.
Take a look at other shocking food autopsies and see how you can make healthier choices. Sushi, sandwiches, rolls, sweets, soda and all other high carb foods are all about crowding out nutrition.Think sushi is healthy? Think again. Leave the sushi for someone who is carb loading.
What is an easy low-carb lunch idea?
An easy low-carb lunch idea is a salad, packed with quality proteins, healthy fats and some leafy greens.
High-carb foods such as bread, pasta and rice, bulk up your meals and crowd nutritious foods out.
Next time you're tempted to pick up sushi or a sandwich, take a look at what is really inside. Start by throwing half the rice or bread away. Baby steps.
And start to say no to the juice or soda you usually enjoy with your sushi. Save some money and carbs, bring a bottle of flavoured water or ask for a glass of tap water. More often than not, they will say yes.
How to make easy low-carb sushi
My children love sushi, so I knew I had to develop a low-carb sushi recipe.
My cream cheese sushi is a rice free alternative you will adore. It is packed with far more salmon that traditional sushi, has lots of vegetables and healthy fat to keep you fuller for longer, rather than having that afternoon sugar crash you are probably used to.
How to store low-carb sushi?
You can store the cream cheese sushi in the fridge for up to 3 days.
If you take the low-carb sushi for a packed lunch, you need to ensure it is packed with a chiller block in an insulated box.
Low-Carb Sushi Recipe
Recipe Video (tap to play)
- Mix the cream cheese with a fork until soft. Add the salmon and stir through.
- Place the salmon cream cheese mixture along the nori sheet leaving a 1 inch strip at the end. Wet the strip of nori sheet with a little water to make it sticky.
- Place vegetable sticks along the centre and length of the cream cheese mixture.
- Roll up firmly from the cream cheese end and enclose using the nori sticky strip.
- Leave on the chopping board while you are making the next sheet, then cut into small sushi rolls.
- Cut the sushi into 16 pieces. 1 serving = 4 pieces.
- Nutrition values are calculated for the nori sheets, salmon and cream cheese basic roll.
- Your choice of vegetables used is additional.
For more ideas for lunches, take a look at some previous posts -
- How much sugar is in that?
- 1 month of my children's school lunches
- Low carb grain free granola bars
- Sugar free afternoon snack ideas
- Flavoured water bottle ideas
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