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Choosing between the greasy burger or the stale sandwich isn’t rocking your boat? Thankfully, a new breeze is flying in from the Pacific and its called the poke bowl. It’s the Hawaiian’s take on the Japanese chirashi, pilled high with natural ingredients, raw fish, and a hearty serving of goodness. Tuna, avocado, mango coriander, (I could go on) all ingredients that make the poke bowl a record holder in the wholesome lunch category. It’s Low calorie, non-processed, and full of fibers to keep you energized until the 7 o-clock meeting.
A delicious bowl of mindfulness that has unlimited ways of tossing it, salmon, tofu, duck… it’s your lunch, you should ride your own wave. The raw fish option is teaming with omega 3! Yes! That famous “good” fat you’ve read about, the one that aids your heart, mind, hormones and inflammatory systems.
You’re getting the picture, this bowl is flavor, taste, and satisfaction with real health benefits. Sweet lunch salvation.
Poke (pronounced “POH-keh”) has been around for a very long time.
Originating from Hawaii, poke is an all-time favourite food. In fact, poke is a staple at any traditional Hawaiian get-together.
A typical bowl of poke usually consists of cubes of raw fish (usually tuna or salmon), vegetables, dried seaweed, chopped dried or fresh chili pepper and rice, topped with a layer of seasoning.
Think of it like a deconstructed bowl of sushi.
Loaded with so many nutritious superfoods, of course it is good to consume some poke bowls once in awhile or, if you’d like, it could be your daily staple.
Some reasons, as if you needed any, to eat a poke bowl.
1) It has an incredible amount of good fats
Your food usually contains a few different types of fat. There are bad fats (saturated and trans fatty acids) and there are some good ones. A poke bowl is loaded with good fats. Even the basic poke bowl, which consists of white rice and raw fish such as tuna or salmon, contains a high amount of protein and good fats; especially Omega 3. Omega 3 can help a person fight depression and anxiety as well as improve eye health, so yeah, Omega 3 is extremely good for you as the acids will help protect your heart and reduce the risk of a heart disease by lowering your blood pressure and heart rate.
2) You eat what you want to eat
If you’re not a fan of salads, you would most probably not order salad at a restaurant. It’s just how it is. But it’s a little bit different with a poke bowl; you get to choose what you want to put in your very own bowl. Don’t like white rice? Subsitute it with brown rice or quinoa. Not a fan of cucumbers? Switch it out for more seaweed. It gives you the flexibility to reconstruct your own ingredients, adding a lot of fresh and healthy options such as beans, seaweed, kale, zucchini and edamame.
3) Quick preparation time
One of the main excuses Malaysians give when it comes to eating healthy is they are too busy, or they do not have the time to prepare their meals. They won’t have that problem with a poke bowl. Unlike your traditional meal, preparing a bowl of poke does not require a lot of time as there is minimal cooking involved. Under 15 minutes and you have a complete, well balanced diet – this is a sure WIN!
4) It’s extremely calorie friendly
If you’re one of those who count your calories before you consume any meal (what is wrong with you?), then a poke bowl is your best friend. According to Eliza, one bowl of poke has less than 200 calories. You can consume four ounces of poke for under 150 calories. One poke bowl consisting of brown rice, salmon, cucumber, seaweed and a simple dressing will most probably contain not more than five grams of fat, 24 grams of protein and 20 grams of carbohydrates.