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ACAI, POKE, GRAIN, & MORE: THE HEALTHIEST BOWLS OAHU HAS TO OFFER

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KATHERINE GALLAGHER

AUG 15, 2019

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When it comes to health-conscious and flavorful bowls, Oahu gets it right. With the healthy lifestyles the island is known for, we’ll stack pretty much everything in a bowl for breakfast, lunch, or dinner, so don’t make the mistake of thinking the area is limited to fresh poke and superfruit acai! Check out these best-of-the-best options for the healthiest bowls on Oahu.

Set in a wooden shack off the side of Kamehameha Highway, Haleiwa Bowls is serving up healthy, fruity bowls that come in every color of the rainbow. Try the Green Bowl, which blends mango, banana, green spirulina, and kale for a chlorophyll-packed frosty treat, or the Paniolo Bowl with protein-rich peanut butter, dates, and banana for a pre-surf-sesh punch.

Keep your eyes peeled while driving down Kapahulu Ave., or you might just miss Ono Seafood and some of the best poke in town. They offer traditionally-made ahi and tako (octopus) poke bowls, served counter-style and laid-back. Grab some Hawai'ian favorites like pickled mango and boiled peanuts to go with your poke for a satisfying lunch. And check out their Instagram to catch the Poke Patrol, the mobile food truck, making its way around the island.

da Cove can be found near Diamond Head and Kapolei, so your cravings for newly-harvested treats is never far! This spot is a local favorite when it comes to acai bowls and even offers to-go bowls in a convenient cup that’ll fit perfectly in your cup holder. They keep it sweet and simple here with only three choices for acai bowls. But with locally-inspired ingredients like pai'ai (local taro) and bee pollen, you can’t go wrong.

Fresh Catch in Kaimuki certainly lives up to its name. The fish is so fresh that most days you’ll spot the chef breaking down a giant tuna behind the counter before it goes straight into your poke bowl. Try the Smoked Tako poke—it’s their specialty—or the Aku (Hawai'ian Skipjack Tuna) Poke if it hasn’t already sold out for the day!

You’ll find Indie Girl inside of the upscale Waikiki dining hall The Street. Sure, you can get an acai bowl with raw coconut or local honey here, but the grain bowls are really the star if you’re looking for a filling lunch packed with superfoods. We suggest the Buddha Bowl with Kahumana Farms greens, sunflower butter, black beans, dirty rice, roasted eggplant, braised lotus root, and marinated tofu. Don’t forget to pair it with a Wellness Elixir or locally-made kombucha.

This locally owned and operated eatery was one of the first retailers to sell poke on a large scale; they've been working out of their hub on North King St. since 1947. Tamashiro Market has as much history as it has delicious food. This spot boasts 30 different preparations of poke, and the fish is either sourced from local fishermen or the Honolulu Fish Auction. Top off your poke bowl with pickled ginger, nori, and Taegu (a Hawai'ian-favorite of Korean-style dried codfish) to create a memorable dish.

Community wellness is the name of the game for 'Ai Love Nalo, a hidden gem in Waimanalo. The plant-based restaurant is the perfect spot for a locally-sourced and clean meal in a bowl! Everything on the menu is vegan, organic, and delicious. Try the Savory Baked Coconut Oatmeal with coconut oatmeal topped with kabocha squash, Okinawan sweet potato, avocado, poi, pumpkin seeds and coconut flakes for breakfast. Stop by for lunch and order the popular Medi Bowl with kalo falafel, fire-roasted baba ganoush, beet hummus, millet tabbouleh, greens, and balsamic dressing. Fitt Tip: order the house-made, microbrewed kombucha to sip while you savor.

Along with their 18 different smoothie choices, Leahi Health also offers acai and grain bowls full of plant-based ingredients and brown rice at their locations in Kaimuki, Kailua, and Aina Haina. Any of their savory bowls can be made “Protein Style” and topped with tofu, chia, flax, and hemp for just two bucks.

Named one of Eater’s 38 Essential Honolulu Restaurants, Maguro Brothers is a hard-to-find fish joint in the heart of Honolulu’s Chinatown district. Come early in the morning to their main shop to watch the chefs carve that day’s fish. The store is only open until 3pm, but don’t worry if you don’t make it in time — Maguro Brothers reopens their Waikiki location at 5:30pm. Ordering their Chirashi Donburi is a no-brainer: it’s a combination bowl of seasoned rice, salmon, maguro, tako, and yellowtail.

While 9Bar HNL at SALT at Our Kaka‘ako is mostly known for their excellent coffee and scuffins (a scone and muffin pastry), the cafe recently added a selection of protein-packed breakfast bowls to go along with your nitro cold brew. Pick the Aloha Bowl for furikake rice topped with house-made sausage, poached eggs, kimchi, queso fresco, and cilantro. For something on the sweeter side, choose the Granola Bowl with homemade granola, yogurt, clover honey, and fresh fruit.

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