The Japanese staple is great for weight loss. Now triple its benefits by simply swiping the right plate at the right time. Even better, here’s 4 Sushi Sides That Will Boost Your Health.
ORDER: Tuna sashimi. WHY? Tuna contains more lean protein than nearly all other fish. “Because sashimi is raw it’s much kinder to your digestive system, too,” explains dietician Dr Simone Laubscher. POWER UP! Vitamin B6 and zinc aid in protein digestion, so up your intake with a sesame dipping sauce.
ORDER: Salmon rolls. WHY? A study in the journal Diabetes & Metabolism found the omega-3 in salmon prevents the stress hormone cortisol from peaking. Add some avocado: its monounsaturated fats help lower your blood pressure, too. POWER UP! Alongside, drink two cups of pure green tea to bring your blood pressure down even further.
ORDER: Prawn and onion maki. WHY? “This contains rice to restore glycogen levels and fatty acids for your joints,” says Laubscher. “Antioxidants in the spring onion and nori combat the free radicals produced when you train hard.” POWER UP! Pick up a seaweed salad. This alkaline food helps neutralise the build up of lactic acid.
ORDER: Mackerel nigiri. WHY? “You need protein to beat the post-lunch dip,” says nutritionist Lyndel Costaini. Choose mackerel for the high level of phosphatidylserine in its flesh: this lipid boosts concentration and memory. POWER UP! Wash it down with orange juice: vitamin C helps your body use the fatty acids from oily fish.
ORDER: Dragon rolls. WHY? Slay any ill-effects of last night with the dragon: its proteins and carbs will deliver CPR to your decimated blood-sugar levels. “The avocado boosts depleted potassium stores,” says nutritionist Lyndel Costain. POWER UP! Edamame beans are rich in magnesium, helping cells hold on to that precious potassium.