Sushi uses simple, healthy ingredients-seafood, seaweed (nori), rice, and vegetables-carefully seasoned and arranged to satisfy all the senses. Sushi is a perfect food not only for calorie counters, but also for those following more specific nutritional guidelines. So whether you're trying to keep your high-blood pressure down, boost your energy level or just fit into your favorite jeans, pick up your chopsticks.

Even the fattiest varieties of fish used in sushi-tuna, salmon, and eel- contain fewer than 200 calories per four-ounce serving—that's about half what you'd get with a prepared steak; shrimp and octopus are even lower, at only 100 calories per serving. The fatty fish calories pack the nutritional power of not only protein, B-vitamins, and minerals like selenium, but also omega-3 fatty acids. Studies continue to demonstrate the enormous role these fats play in maintaining a healthy heart, and metabolism in general. The omega-3's have even been touted to improve conditions such as arthritis, psoriasis, and depression.

Nori, rice and vegetables add another mere 150 calories per serving. These calories provide more vitamins, minerals, and fiber, especially if brown rice is used, and provide a good source of carbohydrates to complement the fish protein. Even wasabi can claim its own small health benefit being rich in vitamin C.

So rather than whiling away in the diet doldrums, hit NIPPON your favorite Sushi Bar, and feed your body and spirit without the guilt. As you savor each beautiful morsel, you might consider that a little less guilt in your life has to be good for you too.