Healthy Eats in Long Beach *** May 2009

Denise A. Wind, LCSW, HHC
Holistic Health Counselor


Each Month Different Long Beach Restaurants and Eateries will be featured highlighting some healthy choices off their menu’s!!

Sugo Cafe
62 West Park Ave

Long Beach, New York 11561

516-431-SUGO (7846)
  • SUGO’S CHOPPED SALAD Savoy cabbage, provolone, roasted corn, tomato, champagne vinaigrette. This salad is great but you may want to ask for a simple EVOO and squeezed lemon to keep the added “stuff” out. It is great to always add many different types of greens to your diet. Savoy cabbage is an excellent addition. The more “colorful” a meal of veggies, the better.
  • POACHED PEAR & ARUGULA Cherries, pecorino, honey walnuts. Excellent choice but be careful to limit these inviting honey walnuts as they can pack a punch in added calories to your meal.
  • SEASONAL VEGETABLES Consider asking for these steamed.
  • SAUTÉED BROCCOLI RABE Ask to go light on the EVOO here. If it is drowning you will miss the benefits!! Broccoli Rabe is an EXCELLENT source of iron. One of the many health benefits of this vegetable is that it is rich in certain phytochemicals, including sulforaphane and indoles. These are chemicals which are proving to protect us against cancer.
  • TILAPIA LIVORNESE Capers, onions, olives, basil, tomato Nice choice! Tilapia have very low levels of mercury because it is a fast growing and short lived fish that mostly eats a vegetarian diet and therefore does not concentrate mercury found in prey.
  • Starch of the day, vegetable medley. You may want to skip the starch and ask for extra veggies to make this a healthier choice.
  • Risotto, seasonal vegetables, lemon beurre blanc. Consider ordering this broiled with a light coating of EVOO instead of the lemon beurre. You can always squeeze lots of fresh lemon on it when it is steaming hot served.
Denise A. Wind, LCSW, HHC
Each Month Different Restaurants and Eateries will be featured highlighting some healthy choices off their menu’s!!

Search for menus or food reviews at and check out the forums for more food discussions.

3 Replies to “Healthy Eats in Long Beach *** May 2009”

  1. FYI on the Tilapia, this is not a natural fish found swimming in the ocean, it’s a hybrid that is cultivated or farm raised. Mostly they are raised with Bass. They are bottom feeders that live primarily off the waste of the Bass. Gross right? And there are a lot of chemicals used in Aquaculture, so you may be saving on mercury intake, but you are losing big time in chemical residue, not to mention what their diet consists of.

    Sugo is an excellent restaurant, i really enjoy eating there. I just happen to know everything you didn’t ever want to know about where your food comes from. LOL

  2. I beg to differ with you. I happen to be a nutrient, and I am clearly familiar with the psychodynamic issues underlying eating disorders, So if I may, can I please offer my opinion in this very interesting discussion. In the U.S., most Tilapia is farmed in closed inland systems that guard against escapes and pollution. However, in many other countries, Tilapia is often farmed in open systems where escapes and pollution are bigger threats. However, Tilapia farming methods vary widely within any given country. Tilapia or as it’s also often called St. Peter’s fish, is a spiny-finned freshwater fish of the family Cichlidae, native mostly to the Middle East.

    U.S. farmed Tilapia is the “Best Choice,” with Tilapia from Central and South America as a “Good Alternative” to other imported product. Tilapia happens to be the one of the most popular seafood in US . I’d say it sells in the top 10. It is agreed that Fresh Tilapia is an excellent addition to a healthy diet. Fresh Tilapia are low in fat, low calorie, low carbohydrate and are high in protein. Fresh Tilapia are also an excellent source of Phosphorus, Niacin, Selenium, Vitamin B12, Omega 6 as well as Omega 3 fatty acids, and Potassium. So what’s the bottom line? Not all Tilapia farmed worldwide are cultured in recirculating systems. So try to buy Tilapia grown stateside. Likely, its source won’t be identified. Ask at the fish counter.

    And as for Sugo, I’ve had better, much better…

  3. Although I am not a nutrient nor clearly familiar with the psychodynamic issues you speak of, I do however watch Mike Rowe and the Discovery Channel.

    Here’s what I saw about stateside grown Tilapia.

    As I can only speak for myself the “Best Choice” is something wild. Just because it is popular does not mean it is good, McDonald’s would be good example of that.


Comments are closed.