Hawaiian cuisine is another hot topic in hipster health trends thanks to poke bowls. This modern take on the traditional dish features poke (cubed, raw fish) over a grain base, often quinoa, and topped with vegetables like zucchini noodles and tomatoes. Like grain bowls, poke bowls are meant to encourage a healthier diet, but they’re not without their faults. Culturally, many Hawaiians find the trendy food to be offensive, as it disrespects the history of the original dish.
Another issue common to build-your-own meals is portion size. As we have seen with grain bowls and mason jar meals, what you put into your recipes can make a big difference between healthy and not. Filling a larger bowl with any kind of grain and then topping it with high-fat ingredients like avocados and dressing packs in calories, offsetting the positive benefits of the raw fish and other lower-calorie add-ins. Keep it simple and enjoy the dish as it was meant to be, either with just the poke or served with a small side of rice.