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How to build the perfect poke bowl

Want to create a poke bowl that is both delicious and nutritious? Here are five ingredients to add to yours for a wholesome meal.

You might not be able to afford that Hawaiian holiday right now. But you can sample one of the island’s most loved dishes that is making waves across the globe: the poke bowl.

Poke bowls can be customised by adding different elements according to your taste. Not sure where to start? Here’s how to build one for a delicious and nutrient-dense lunch. 

Ingredient #1: Rice

Rice is the most commonly used base for any traditional poke bowl. It makes sure you get every bit of sauce and something to hold your mix of ingredients. Rice is also a good source of sustained energy and also contains protein and fibre. Yes, please!

Ingredient #2: Edamame

These green beans are commonly eaten throughout Asia and have made their way to SA thanks to the poke bowl trend. They hold a surprising amount of health benefits and are rich in vitamins and minerals and promote healthy blood sugar.

Ingredient #3: Seaweed

The dried, edible seaweed that can be added to a poke bowl or sushi is known as nori. Not only does it give that beachy flavour but contains more calcium than milk and is high in collagen, which keeps your hair, skin and nails in good condition.

Ingredient #4: Seafood

While vegetarians can enjoy a poke bowl without meat, traditionally they contain some type of seafood. Tuna, salmon and shrimp are the most popular options. Seafood contains omega-3 fatty acids to improve your brain functioning.

Ingredient #5: Sesame seeds

Nothing quite finishes off a poke bowl quite like a sprinkling of sesame seeds. Not only do they *seriously* enhance the flavour of your dish, but they are rich in healthy fats, fibre and antioxidants to keep you strong as well as satisfied. Yum!

Hungry? Create your own custom poke bowl for lunch at your local Food Lover’s Eatery.