Eating to Live on the Outside: Samurai Sam's

So a funny thing happened today. I sat down at my desk to start concocting this week’s Eating to Live on the Outside and while I perused the menu I realized—I’m not all that into meat anymore. I’m just not. When I first started doing this series I was okay with the occasional piece of chicken, but now I look at grilled chicken the same way I do a bloody steak, I don’t want it. Now I’m still okay with fish, like tilapia or flounder, but honestly, if I’m eating out, I’d prefer to keep it veggie-based. Isn’t it funny how things change?

Okay, enough of that, what about this week’s restaurant? Well, Samurai Sam’s is trying really hard to be healthy, and comparatively speaking it is. Compared to standard American restaurants like Friendly’s and Sizzler, Samurai Sam’s is a few rungs up the ladder, but, it’s not without its own set of problems. For starters, most of the dishes are meat-based and—perhaps the biggest issue of all—the food is very salty. Some menu items have as much as 2,050 milligrams of sodium—ouch! Alright, enough prognosticating, let’s see what we’ve got.

The specialty at Samurai Sam’s seems to be bowls, and there’s a bunch of them. Each one is some conglomeration of chicken or steak, miscellaneous stir-fried vegetables, and brown or white rice, topped off with either teriyaki or sweet & sour sauce—oh, and there’s these noodle thingies too. So, what to order? Well, you can pretty much take your pick. They’re all basically the same. As for me, the Teriyaki Bowl looks good. Of course I’m ditching the chicken and ordering it with brown rice instead of white. That’d make my only the concession the aforementioned salt and the rice. Also, you might want to ask the waiter what kind of veggies it’s prepared with because the menu doesn’t say, but from the picture it looks like broccoli, carrots, zucchini, and snow peas—although it can’t hurt to double-check.

If you’re not feeling the bowls, the salads have potential, but, they could use a little tweaking, especially if you’re not looking to eat meat. The Sesame Garden Toss is made with chicken, sliced cucumber, snap peas, fresh julienne carrots, Yaki Soba noodles, and a fresh lettuce blend. And the Oriental Chicken Salad is prepared with chicken, cucumbers, wonton strips, lettuce, and oriental or ginger dressing. Either one of these is cool with me. That’s after I drop the chicken, wonton strips, and noodles of course. Not to mention going easy on the salad dressing. So, what am I left with? Lots and lots of phytonutrients—behold the phyonutrients, kneel before they’re power!

Well if the bowls or the salads don’t suit your fancy, give this a whirl. It’s an all too familiar and all too basic approach to Eating to Live on the Outside—just order a Side Salad as your main dish. I would. And why would I do that? That’s an easy one. It kicks my meat eating problem and Samurai Sam’s salt predicament square in the butt. Judo-chop!

And remember, if you’ve got an interesting Eating to Live on the Outside story we’d love to hear from you. Hey, we might even make a post out of it. Check out Samurai Sam’s menu and email us at diseaseproof@gmail.com.
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