Bang! Bang! Boring Tuna is Dead.

Ask any body builder and they will tell you they consume a lot of tuna. Tuna is one of those power foods. It's loaded with Omega 3's and protein. Tuna is rich in important nutrients including selenium, magnesium, as well as potassium. Tuna has an assortment of B vitamins including niacin, B1 and B6. ALL of these nutrients have been known to help elevate mood as well as your health!

Some people love tuna while others can't stand it. I personally don't like the texture of mushy tuna sandwiches. Mayo is not the best for you when you are trying to live a healthy lifestyle but with these tips to help you perk up your tuna, you may just find yourself craving a tuna sandwich again!

Think outside the can.

Personally, I prefer alacore tuna. Mainly because the reddish scaley looking meat in regular tuna grosses me out. I am very picky when it comes to choosing tuna. It must be packed in water. It must be albacore. Of course it must be dolphin safe.

Beyond Pickles and Mayo.

Instead of Mayo try using greek or plain yogurt. You can also try fat free sour cream, this option makes it more creamy.

Instead of pickles try using green olives or sliced cucumbers spritzed with vinegar. Instead of white onions try chopped chives or red onion. Add some fresh basil and sliced tomatoes. There are countless ways to enjoy tuna!

Here is my latest tuna creation!

Cilantro Lime Tuna Sandwich

I had some leftover produce from when I made Tilapia with Mango Salsa, so I chopped those up and viola! A new recipe was born!

Serves 4


2 cans of albacore tuna packed in water
1 small bunch of fresh cilantro chopped
1/3 cup of sliced red onion
1/4 cup of chopped red pepper
1 lime juiced
1 jalapeno - cored and chopped
garlic powder to taste (1 used approx 1/2 tsp)
lemon pepper to taste (approx 1/2 tsp)
2 tbsp mayo (I used Kraft Mayo with Olive Oil sometimes I also use Kraft Free)
4 slices reduced fat mild cheddar (I like Sargento brand)
8 slices bread (I love me some rye with tuna!)


Drain tuna and place in bowl. Add cilantro, onion, red pepper, lime juice, jalapeno, garlic powder, lemon pepper and stir. Now add mayo. (You will see that adding mayo at the end of everything else helps keep it minimal. You don't need to load your tuna down with mayo, just a touch goes a long way!) Stir well.

For each slice of cheese cut it in half. Place each half on one slice of bread. Divide the tuna in four equal parts. Then spoon half a serving of tuna on one slice of bread and the remainder on the second slice of bread. Keep open and enjoy!

A big reason why I eat my tuna sandwich open is because I can enjoy more tuna this way. Usually I have two sandwiches because one does not fill me. I have learned if I pile on the tuna and enjoy the sandwich open faced, it gives me the sense of having two sandwiches without the added carbs, calories and fat of two more slices of bread! Because my tuna recipe is much healthier than tuna loaded with mayo, I can afford to have a little more tuna on my sandwich!

As I was making this recipe I came across some wasabi powder in my spice rack. I think next time I make tuna I am going to use mayo, soy sauce, red peppers, sliced leeks or green onion, and sprinkle it with wasabi powder.

Tuna - Asian style!
(Let's see how many weirdos I attract with that line!)

So how do you like to prepare tuna sandwiches?

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Anonymous said...

I've tried eating tuna and I can't do it. The smell has me running for the bathroom, sick. I've tried numerous times,numerous kinds. All the same :(

Tamara aka Cheapskate Mom said...

Tuna is like the bitch slapped stepchild of seafood. I knew it would be a controversial topic but someone out there besides me is bound to like tuna...anyone?

adrienzgirl said...

My boys and my hubby LOVE tuna. Me? Not so much. I am trying to add more fish to the diet. I'll try this when I make it for my tuna lovers.