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The Poke Bowl...

Im sure you all have seen Hoboken's newest food craze all around town, The poke bowl. Pronounced poh-kay, this raw fish salad is typically served as an appetizer in Hawaiian cuisine. Poke is the Hawaiian verb for "slice" or "cut," so it often includes either small cuts of fresh tuna, salmon, chicken or tofu. If you haven't tried it yet riders, I highly recommend you do. Here are some reasons why your next meal should be a poke bowl...

makai-poke-hobokenPoke is one of freshest, tastiest, healthiest new food trends around. You can consume 4 ounces of poke for just under 150 calories, only 5 grams of fat, and 24 grams of protein. Since protein is critical to maintaining muscle health and works to balance hormones, eating poke is a great (and delicious) way to meet your daily protein needs. Not only is it naturally low in calories, its also extremely fulling. 

Riders, your heart will thank you. Poke delivers those important heart-healthy omega-3 fatty acids. Omega-3s help to protect your heart and reduce the risk of death from heart disease by lowering your blood pressure and heart rate and improving other cardiovascular risk factors. Fish intake also has also been linked to a lower risk of stroke, depression, and mental decline as we age. Consuming poke regularly also will keep you in line with the American Heart Association’s recommendation to consume fish at least twice a week.

Make sure when creating your own poke bowl, focus less on the fish and more on the add-ins. Pick brown rice over white to get more fiber in your poke bowl, and load up with as many vegetables as you can for max nutrients and minimal calories. Go easy on the sauces, many are high in both salt and fat (ask for a squeeze of lemon instead for extra flavor.)

Craving one right now? Well Hoboken has two locations: Shaka Bowl in The Monroe Center and Makai Bowl Co. located on 521 Washington Street.

                                          Enjoy Riders!!

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