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We’re doing a 2 part series on healthy sushi. Yes it is possible to eat sushi without all the sugar and fake ingredients.

Sugar and fake ingredients in sushi?

You bet. One of my favorite parts about sushi is the pickled ginger. Since I found out that most pickled ginger contains aspartame, I no longer eat it. In fact, I have yet to find a store bought pickled ginger without aspartame. What the heck is aspartame doing in pickled ginger anyway! Gawd that’s annoying.

How could I not taste the chemically metal taste of aspartame? I’M NOT SURE.

However, I suspect that I typically burn off a good majority of my taste buds by eating copious amounts of wasabi. Oh, I love a good wasabi burn. It hits you right in the nose. No other spicy thing does it quite like a good wasabi.

I’m a bit of a sick puppy. What can I say?

Anyway. I set out to make my own ginger and share it with you here. As it turns out, it’s super easy to make, takes 4 ingredients and, dare I say, sooo much tastier.

You want to know what else is super? It takes about 5 minutes to make. This is less time than it takes to read the ingredient labels at the store.

I wasn’t able to take the “sugar” out of the pickled ginger since it’s crucial to the taste, but I was able to use a natural sweetener. As an alternative, I’m sure you could probably sub in stevia for sugar. I’ll also share with you a cool trick for achieving that pink color without using food coloring.

Check it out:


Pickled Ginger

  • Ginger
  • Rice Vinegar
  • Honey
  • Salt (1/4-1/2 tsp)

Instructions in the video :) And if you’re looking for a mandoline (why don’t you have one?), here’s the one that I own and I love it. And if you buy through that link I’ll make a small commission that helps support this site so we can keep making videos for you. Thanks!

As for part 2 of the sushi series, I’ll show you not only how to make sushi rolls (using a mat that costs about a dollar), but you’ll also see how you can use unconventional ingredients (almost anything you have in your fridge) to up the nutritional content of your sushi rolls, eliminate the sugar, and save money. I’ll show you how next Tuesday!


I’m sharing this with Mangia Monday, Monday Mania, My Meatless Monday, Slightly Indulgent Tuesday, Tasty Tuesday, Fat Tuesday, Whole Foods Wednesday, Cast Party Wednesday, Allergy Free Wednesday, What’s Cooking Wednesday, Real Food Wednesday, Simple Lives ThursdayPennywise Platter Thursday, Full Plate Thursday, Freaky Friday, Fight Back Friday, and Foodie Friday.


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