One of the toughest parts of quarantine has been the inability to eat out at restaurants. I especially miss getting sushi. Ordering sushi to-go just isn’t quite the same. In the spirit of eating for my cycle, I learned that many of the ingredients I love in sushi are fitting for the menstrual phase. So, I ordered fish from a local vendor and decided to make homemade poke bowls!
Before diving in on how to make a poke bowl, let’s talk about what’s happening internally. At the start of your period, estrogen and progesterone levels are at their lowest. Over the course of this phase, estrogen levels will rise again. Since your hormones take a hit, it’s important to nourish your body to help regain energy. Eating healthy fats, like avocado and salmon, will help boost your mood during this phase.
Since you’re losing a lot of blood during this phase, it’s important to replenish the body with sea vegetables and foods that are rich in iron and zinc. A great food to eat during the menstrual phase is seaweed. Some of the benefits of eating seaweed are it supports gut health, it’s a great source of iron, and it is a natural source of iodine.
Now, let’s dive into the good stuff… how to make a poke bowl! There are so many ways to prepare a poke bowl. The ingredients I used are some of my favorites and are great to eat during the menstrual phase. For this recipe, I ordered salmon, ahi tuna, and yellowfin tuna from a local vendor who sells it pre-cut into cubes.
I also purchased shelled edamame, avocado, cucumber, and seaweed salad. For the sauce, I wanted to keep it light and dairy-free. I used low-sodium soy sauce (you can substitute with liquid aminos), sesame seed oil, rice vinegar, toasted sesame seeds, and sriracha sauce. Finally, I used brown rice as a base and scallions and sesame seeds for garnish.
While the rice cooks, whisk together the ingredients for the sauce and mix in your fish. Then, cut up all the other ingredients. Once the rice is done, put it in a bowl and top it with the other ingredients. This recipe is so easy and tasty! Next time you’re in your menstrual phase (or are craving a poke bowl), I encourage you to give this recipe a try. You won’t be disappointed!