Sushi making… on a diet?

Thank you all for your comments on my Elina vs. a diet post. I’m super determined and am ready to make a real change, not just wishing for it!

Last night I was invited to my friend Katie’s house to make sushi. Shannon was also in attendance. The three of us have been talking about this little sushi making party ever since I attended a sushi making class. Katie even had all the sushi making gear… yet it still took us nearly a year to do this. I suppose it’s better late than never!!

But first, we had to play with Hugo. It’s kind of hard to do any serious work with this little guy around!

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I saw that, Shannon! hehe Who me? 

All right, ladies, I’m hungry. Let’s DO this!!

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[Rinsing rice and cutting seafood]

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All ready to roll!

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I was somehow deemed the expert so I went first. I didn’t remember exactly hot to do it (should have consulted my own post first!) but honestly it’s kind of intuitive – we all did just fine!

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Voila!

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Katie had this fancy nigiri rice former. Looks like a pill box but makes nigiri rice.

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Such a cutie [spicy scallop nigiri]

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Rolls, rolls and more rolls…

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We got pretty funky with the rolls – combining scallops with salmon, cucumber and mango . This last roll above, I kind of went to town on – basically this has every veggie and seafood imaginable. And it was all delicious!

Here is what I learned though – each maki has a cup of rice!! I think sushi has the reputation of being healthy (and it is if you look at the ingredients – rice + fresh fish and veggies) but it’s a lot of calories packed into a little roll. You definitely have to be careful if you’re trying to shed a few pounds!

My strategy? I ate light during the day (because I ate more than enough the day before and wasn’t really hungry) – I was at 12 PointsPlus before dinner, which left me with plenty of wiggle room for the night. I also worked out during lunch and “earned” another 8 PointsPlus. There was wine, there was sushi – I didn’t count but I enjoyed every sip and bite and the company and I stopped when I was full (I probably ate 2 rolls + 1 nigiri and a few bites of seafood “straight up” – normally I’d eat at least double but I found that this was plenty when I actually listened to my hunger cues Smile ). If I stick to this plan every day, I’ll be in good shape! (no pun intended).

Hugooooooooooooo

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Do you love sushi? What’s your typical “serving size”? Are you ever conscious of calories when enjoying this Japanese snack food?

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