Japanese cuisine highlights vegetables, tofu, fish and seafood, rice and noodles from various grains prepared in lean, and fresh dishes. Unlike other cuisines, portions are typically smaller too. For healthier Japanese options, consider:

  • Steamed vegetables or edamame (boiled pods of soybeans, ask without salt)
  • Grilled shrimp or vegetable sushi
  • Yakiniku (grilled meat or vegetables)
  • Yakitori (barbecued chicken skewers)
  • Kushiyaki (skewers of meat and vegetables)
  • Chicken or beef teriyaki (grilled)
  • Avoid tempurah (fried) dishes
  • Limit soy sauce and other high sodium condiments