Have you experienced the poke bowl, the newest way to eat fresh seafood? In Hawaiian culinary traditions, “poke” literally means to cut something. The chef will slice marinated, normally uncooked seafood and mix it with chunks of veggies. Drizzled on top is a savory umami or soybean paste-based sauce.
Poke bowls promise a hint of healthiness and make for a beautiful meal that you can customize based on your preferences. Here’s a deeper look at the poke bowl trend.
Are Poke Bowls Healthy?
Fish and vegetables earn top honors when it comes to healthy ingredients. But not all poke bowls have the same calorie, fat or carbs count. How healthy a poke bowl is depends on the ingredients and how each one has been prepared. Overall, though, the poke bowl is one option when it comes to eating better.
How Do I Order a Healthy Poke Bowl?
Ordering a healthy poke bowl means simply switching out ingredients and toppings based on your preferences. For example, if you’re focusing on a low carb diet, you can order zucchini noodles or a kelp salad instead of rice. Fresh seafood commonly comes next, which is a great option if you’re trying to order a healthy poke bowl. If you would rather not have raw fish, however, you can try substituting tofu or cooked crab. Load your poke bowl with plenty of vegetables for maximum health benefits.
What Ingredients Are Commonly Found in a Poke Bowl?
The most basic poke bowls include these ingredients:
- A base (usually rice)
- Sushi-grade salmon or tuna (typically cubed and raw)
- Asian toppings such as soy sauce and seaweed
However, your options aren’t limited to the above items. You can sub in cooked chicken, crab, tofu or just vegetables. You can also top your poke bowl with various vegetables, avocado, spicy mayo and more.
What’s Good in a Poke Bowl?
The delicious ingredients in your poke bowl depend on your specific tastes and dietary restrictions. For example, if you love pickled vegetables, try adding some pickled ginger or cucumber on top of your rice and protein. Add in edamame if you’re vegan, vegetarian or just want to add more vegetables into your diet. Others love adding fried onions for a crispy texture on top.
Do Poke Bowls Have to Include Raw Fish?
Plenty of diners steer clear of traditional poke bowls to avoid eating uncooked seafood. Yet many restaurants offer variations on the classic poke bowl by including either rare or cooked fish instead of raw, marinated seafood.
Can Poke Bowls Be Vegetarian or Vegan?
Poke bowls can effortlessly turn into vegetarian or vegan meals. At USS Nemo, we offer a tofu poke bowl for this reason, featuring all the flavor and richness of a regular poke bowl without any meat.
Where Can I Get a Good Poke Bowl in Naples, Florida?
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