Postpartum Power Packed Poke Bowl

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If you’re anything like me, and you’re finding yourself these days doing all the things to manage your mom bod, then you, my friend, have come to the right place.

It has now been a year since having my son and I’m very adamant on building a healthier body for myself, especially since I survived a high risk pregnancy with him. So my focus these days is on making sure I incorporate healthier meals in our home. Remember that junk food binge I told you about last time? Well, I wanna make sure that I NEVER do that again! Everybody knows the two things you need to do in order to start shedding baby weight… or any kind of weight for that matter. Changing your eating is one of them, and here lately, I’ve been on a mission to shed the weight that my postpartum junk food binge brought on. And guess what? It’s working! 

One of my strengths is organization. I love planning and goal setting and the way I plan goals is to break them down into everyday steps that are almost impossible not to make happen. I make goals for everything, even grocery goals! And last month’s goal and focus was to cut grains out of our meal plans entirely. Cutting out grains is such a sure-fire way to reach so many of our health goals. In fact, reaching this goal was so easy to do for us, it’s a shame I hadn’t started sooner.

Shout out to Metabolic Living for inspiring this amazing recipe on their YouTube channel that I was able to try recently. Since I’m a huge fan of sushi, this poke bowl recipe was something I just had to try. And I’ll admit that when I first considered preparing this as a dinner for the household, I wasn’t quite sure how my husband would feel about some of the ingredients, but as soon as I got him a bowl, it was an instant success in the Msando household. 

So, first the name off, the name of the dish is called the Ahi Tuna poke Bowl. And for the record, you don’t have to go raw for this meal. If you’d rather cook your protein portion, any savory choice you love will work! I have to say that the textures and the flavors of this bowl are very well put together and make you feel like you’re eating a sushi roll.

Here’s the Msando Household version of this amazing dish.

I cooked the cauliflower rice which took less than 15 minutes and seasoned it lightly with salt and pepper. Then I cut up all the veggies. I used half the purple cabbage because I wasn’t quite sure how much I would want for this dish for a first time try, and I have to be honest, even with me being super health conscious the thought of eating raw cabbage in this way was daunting to me. But incorporating the cabbage ended up being absolutely amazing. I cut up avocado and set it aside. Then I cut up yellow, red, and green bell pepper and set that aside. A few days before I got this recipe ready, I had my husband cut up fresh pineapple to add to the dish but then absolutely forgot to add it on the day of! Fortunately, this just gives us a reason to enjoy this recipe again with the added pineapple.

Once I got all the veggie components ready for the dish, it was time to make the sauce. Now, the original version calls for a tablespoon of orange juice freshly squeezed, and unfortunately we don’t keep any OJ in the house, and I didn’t have any oranges to squeeze either. So I decided to use Orange Vitality instead. Seriously, one drop was all that was needed to substitute the one tablespoon of freshly squeezed orange juice that the recipe originally calls for! Another thing I didn’t have on hand was chili paste, but I just used one of my most favorite ginger chili sauces for that part. It only required a half a teaspoon anyway so I didn’t foresee it ruining the total vibe of this dish. Another thing that the original recipe uses is coconut aminos to substitute for soy sauce. I’ve tried coconut aminos in many recipes and the taste just doesn’t cut it for me, so I’ve been using fermented soy sauce instead. It’s a much closer taste to that wonderful Asian cuisine flavor I totally love!

Once I had my sauce together and the veggie elements in place, it was time to assemble our poke bowls! I lined the bottom of the bowls with the cauliflower rice and then on top of that I added the toppings: purple cabbage, avocado, and the assorted bell peppers. I topped it with wild caught Ahi Tuna which I got from my local grocery store, drizzled the sauce all over the Ahi Tuna and the vegetables, and then added a dash of sesame seeds. I couldn’t wait to dig into this amazingly looking dish and boy oh boy it did not disappoint. It ended up being extremely satiating.

Although the bowl didn’t look like it was much to eat, the nutrient dense vegetables made it hard to go and grab seconds. Cauliflower alone is super satisfying by itself. Add raw cabbage, a protein, and healthy fat and you’re literally in Health Food Heaven with this dish. Another great thing to praise about this dish is that it takes very little time to prepare. And if you’re anything like me as a new mama with a little one, you don’t have the luxury of hours of time to spend in your kitchen. At this point, any meal that I’m able to prepare in less than 30 minutes is a WIN.

So if you’ve been on the lookout for delicious healthy meals that are simple to prepare, not time-consuming, and budget-friendly, make it a poke night with your family and try this delicious dish.

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