Can You Eat Poke While Pregnant? Finding the Perfect Poke Loa Bowl for a Mom That’s Expecting

By Poke Loa April 30, 2019

Maintaining a healthy diet during pregnancy is incredibly important. During this time, your body needs extra vitamins and nutrients to not only ensure your health but your baby’s health as well. Many people ask us, “Can you eat poke while pregnant?” The short answer is, yes of course! But it’s important to know what you’re eating and where it came from. Poke Loa offers fresh, locally sourced ingredients and a huge variety of flavorful combinations so you can always find a healthy meal that matches your dietary needs.


When it comes to expecting mothers, there are also certain foods that pose more potential risk than others. One of these common foods that women are told to avoid while pregnant is raw fish. Fish provide an array of nutrients that are important for you and your baby’s health, but choosing the wrong fish may be harmful. So when visiting one of our Poke Loa locations, we want you to be able to get the healthiest poke bowl possible that is full of nutrients while also avoiding any ingredients that can be harmful to the baby.


Finding the Right Fish For Pregnant Moms

Fish is low in saturated fat while being high in vitamin D, protein, and nutrients that are crucial for a healthy pregnancy. However, fish can contain contaminants such as mercury which are known to be harmful in the developing brain and nervous system of the baby. When eating fish, your body easily absorbs mercury. When you’re pregnant, the mercury can also be absorbed into the placenta. This doesn’t mean that all fish has to be avoided. To be able to get the nutrients fish has to offer while avoiding the harmful effects of mercury, mother’s that are expecting need to know what kind of fish is best to eat, and which should be avoided. Fish to avoid eating when pregnant include: 

  • Marlin
  • King mackerel
  • Swordfish
  • Shark
  • Bigeye tuna
  • Ahi tuna
  • Orange roughy
  • Tilefish

 The USDA approves consumption of up to 12 ounces of cooked fish a week that is low in mercury. Fish that have low levels of mercury include:  

  • Salmon
  • Tilapia
  • Pollock
  • Char
  • Rainbow Trout
  • Shrimp

 Eating fish can be dangerous if you don’t eat the right kind. But to exclude it all together could cause you to miss out on some important nutrient-rich benefits that these low mercury fish can provide for both you and the baby.


Perfect Poke Bowl For a Mom That’s Expecting

At Poke Loa, we still want you to be able to reap the benefits from our poke bowls, so we have many customizable options that will work perfectly for any expecting moms. When choosing a poke bowl, you can ask any of our staff on hand to help you pick the right bowl to fit your needs. But if you want to come in prepared ahead of time, here are a few suggestions to get you started on making the perfect poke bowl for expecting moms. 


Choose a Healthy Base

Any of our rice bases are perfect for expecting moms, but if you want an extra dose of nutrients, choose our spring mix base. Leafy greens contain many nutrients that pregnant women need. Fiber, potassium, vitamin C, vitamin K, vitamin A, calcium, iron, and folate are all powerful nutrients to keep you and your baby healthy.  


Opt for Shrimp or Tofu

To receive the health benefits of fish while also getting a filling dose of protein, we suggest moms choose either tofu or shrimp. Shrimp is approved by the USDA to contain low levels of mercury meaning you can enjoy 12 ounces once a week.  


Add Your Mix-Ins and Toppings

With a large variety of vegetables, expecting mothers will be able to create flavorful combinations that are not only healthy but will make your poke bowl taste absolutely delicious. For a dose of high fiber and healthy fats, add an avocado to your bowl to really take it to the next level. Finish your bowl off with one of our healthy house-made sauces and you’ll find that you don’t have to give up on enjoying delicious poke while pregnant. In fact, with our poke bowls designed just for moms that are expecting, you’ll be able to enjoy one of the most nutrient dense and healthy meals around.  


Visit Poke Loa Today

At Poke Loa, we have fresh and locally sourced ingredients and toppings to fit every dietary need. We want to be able to share our nutritious bowls with everyone in New Orleans, which is why we make them fully customizable with endless combinations. If you’re a mom that’s expecting, visit any of our Poke Loa locations today!