Eat This, Not That! At The Mall
“Do not pass go, do not collect food samples. Go straight to Sarku Japan if you’ve got one in your food court. It’s one of the few places where you can customize a meal. ‘The good thing about Sarku is that meals are cooked-to-order in front of you, so you can ask for certain adjustments, such as extra vegetables or brown rice instead of white rice, to make your meal better for you,’ says Jessica Levings, RDN and owner of Balanced Pantry.
Eat This: Sushi! And more specifically, opt for the tuna sushi roll, suggests Levings. ‘With about 180 calories and more than 20 grams of protein per 6 to 8 piece roll, this option will offer the fuel you need to cruise afternoon deals without extra calories,’ she says. If you’re choosing from the combos, the shrimp teriyaki has the fewest calories with only 500 per meal, Levings says. ‘Although the sodium is a little higher than other options at 820 milligrams per meal, asking for less or no sauce can help slash sodium.’
Not That!: The chicken and shrimp teriyaki dish has the most calories and sodium of any menu option, with 700 calories and 1520 milligrams of sodium per meal, so check out other choices if you can, Levings says. ‘And keep in mind that anything that says ‘tempura’ has been battered and deep fried, so try to avoid these options and opt instead for meals or rolls with fish, vegetables, and brown rice or noodles,” she says.'”