This poké recipe (pronounced POH-kay) is a traditional Hawaiian dish that’s protein-rich and dense with dynamic flavors that will leave you satisfied. With a few simple tweaks (leaving out jalapeño and using cooked tuna), this recipe quickly becomes Cleanse-friendly. We’ve chosen tuna for a more traditional take on a poké recipe, but any fatty fish (like salmon) would be a great choice in this recipe.
Sesame for good reason
Sesame is one of the main ingredients in this dish – sesame oil serves as the base for the dressing and is topped with sesame seeds for a crunchy finish. Sesame seeds have an endless list of benefits. They are known for their high calcium content (no need for inflammation-causing dairy), which helps maintain the structure in our bones, teeth, and tissues. The oil and seeds are also rich in magnesium, known as the relaxer amongst minerals.
Magnesium can help ease insomnia, reduce anxiety, and maintain healthy blood pressure. Magnesium is used in hundreds of biochemical reactions in the body, and it’s thought that nearly 80% of Americans are deficient in this crucial mineral! To combat a magnesium deficiency, many people opt for a magnesium drink supplement in addition to consuming more magnesium-rich foods. Getting micronutrients from whole food sources is always best, and adding sesame seeds to your diet is an excellent choice.
Macadamia nuts for glowing skin
We’ve sprinkled macadamia nuts on top to add even more crunch and texture to this poké recipe. These are full of healthy fats, fiber, and micronutrients, and they are an excellent source of minerals like iron, magnesium, zinc, manganese, and calcium. Selenium is also found in macadamia nuts, a trace mineral that acts as an antioxidant, helping to fight off inflammation. Selenium is also crucial for maintaining an active metabolism and boosts fertility in women. Selenium is known for its impact on hair and skin – it’s known to increase blood flow and fight against environmental damage, helping hair grow and keeping your skin glowing.
Adding some spice for flavor and nutrition
Jalapeños are not part of the 7-Day or 21-Day Cleanse Program, as they are part of the nightshade family, a common allergen in many people. If you are making this poké recipe during your cleanse, just leave them out! During your reintroduction phase, if you’ve found that you are not sensitive to peppers, jalapeños are a great addition to a spicy kick and their capsaicin content. Capsaicin fights inflammation in the body and increases blood flow when consumed regularly.
Prep time: 10 minutes
2 tablespoon sesame oil
1/4 cup tamari
1 tablespoon apple cider vinegar
2 cloves garlic
1/3 cup macadamia nuts
1 lb. sushi grade tuna
2-3 green onions
1 tablespoon sesame seeds, divided
1/2 – 1 jalapeño
Step 1: Make sauce. Finely mince garlic. Mix garlic, sesame oil, tamari, and apple cider vinegar. Set aside.
Step 2: Cut ahi tuna into 1/2 inch cubes. Slice green onion. Cut avocado in half. Leave pit in one half, and set aside. Cut the remaining half of the avocado into 1/4 inch cubes. Finely chop macadamia nuts.
Step 3: Place tuna, onions, avocado (the half that is cubed), jalapeño, and 1/2 sesame seeds in medium bowl.
Step 4: Pour sauce over ingredients and gently toss to combine. You can serve immediately, or let the dish marinate in the refrigerator for a few hours before serving. When you’re ready to serve, bring to room temperature and top with remaining sesame seeds, avocado, and macadamia nuts. Serve over rice or quinoa for a hearty meal.
Recipe and photography by Kaitlyn Noble.