What should you order at a Japanese restaurant if you are on a diet or if you are picky and don’t like sushi?
Some people wonder, “Is Japanese food healthy?” but most people assume it is. The answer is Japanese food is just like any other ethnic food. Some Japanese dishes are healthy and some are not.
It helps dieters when Japanese restaurants serve steamed rice instead of fried rice and when the Japanese chefs don’t go overboard with the oil when stir-frying meat and vegetables.
Cooking with a wok is much healthier than many other methods of cooking. Japanese dishes typically contain a lot of rice and vegetables which is extremely important on a diet. Some people swear by the rice diet, while others swear by the health benefits of sushi. Japanese is as healthy as Thai food in my opinion, depending on the particular restaurant.
Even if you hate sushi, you can order tasty and healthy items at a Japanese restaurant on a diet. Here are some suggestions:
No 1: What to order at a Japanese restaurant on Weight Watchers or the A-Type on the Body Type diet: Enjoy the soups since they contain few if any points. Select chicken teriyaki with vegetables and steamed rice. The teriyaki sauce is on the sweeter side.
No. 2: What to order at a Japanese restaurant on a low-carb, P-Type or T-Type on Body Type diet: Order the hibachi chicken, steak or shrimp with steamed vegetables, salad and soup but skip the rice. The hibachi chicken typically comes with a delicious Japanese shrimp sauce which is high in fat but low in carbs. The chicken itself is plain with salt, pepper and soy sauce.
No. 3: What to order at a Japanese restaurant on the Volumetrics diet or G-Type Diet: Enjoy the soups and salads to fill up before the main dish. Order steamed vegetables with some meat. You may choose shrimp, salmon or scallops.
If you aren’t on a diet, but just don’t like sushi, you can still find appetizing dishes at a Japanese restaurant. Try the Tempura shrimp or Tempura chicken, which is a breaded and lightly fried.
Some desserts at Japanese restaurants include green tea ice cream, red bean ice cream or Tempura cheesecakes and ice cream. Not all Japanese food is healthy!
Some of the worse Japanese dishes to avoid while on a diet include the Tonkatsu, which is a breaded pork cutlet, Gyoza which is pan fried dumplings stuffed with pork and vegetables or Calamari Tempura, a battered and fried calamari.
Japanese food like Thai food is typically gluten free which is great for people with celiac disease. I love Japanese food even though I’m not a fan of sushi. I can always count on diet-friendly dishes at a Japanese restaurant!
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