For years, my go-to place for take-out sushi was not at one of the local, famous places around my town. If I didn’t have a packed lunch handy in my briefcase or at the office, I headed to Whole Foods Market, where the sushi is created with whole-grain brown rice. Since I avoid the white stuff, I assumed that I hit a goldmine ages ago by ordering its Salmon Avocado Roll with Brown Rice and Sesame Seeds.
Unlike the white rice version, brown rice is a whole grain with slow-releasing energy, fiber, Vitamin K, Vitamin B6, potassium, magnesium, manganese and zinc. Sounds good, right?
Imagine my surprise when I recently researched its sodium content. It’s close to 1000 mg for this “inside-out” roll sushi meal, not including any soy sauce that sushi lovers may add. (Fortunately, I only like the spicy Wasabi on my sushi, with no sodium added).
At least I calculated the calories accurately, estimating around 400 to 500 for the package. It’s an excellent serving of quality protein from the salmon and healthy fat from the avocado, but yikes on that salt. The carbs are always a little high when ordering sushi in a “roll” at over 60mg, but it’s all within a reasonable total calorie amount for a lunch or dinner.
Although it tasted great, I never did feel quite right the next morning. No wonder. My sensitive body and complexion can detect too much salt a mile away.
The best Skinny Pick for sushi at Whole Foods is to stick to the regular rolls with brown rice, and not the inside-out rolls, to keep sodium in check. Genji, the all-natural sushi supplier, sells its made-to-order products around the country at Whole Foods Markets and at other stores, so check genjiweb.com for locations. The site provides important nutritional information on each package, too.
Other options: A few years ago, other restaurants and take-out places jumped on the band wagon and now offer whole-grain brown rice as an alternative to white. And of course, at all sushi restaurants, there is the option for sashimi with no rice at all. Order another side for a vegetable or whole grain to balance the meal. Let me know your own discoveries.
Coincidentally, as I was writing this post, Lauren wrote in to the blog requesting a review on a local delivery restaurant in Maryland called Bamboo Chinese Food and Sushi. She mentioned they served brown rice, so what perfect timing, Lauren! Thank you.