Making tuna salad is a great way to give yourself a delicious lunch that doesn't require a cheat day. This tuna salad recipe is the best around; it's both healthy and tasty. Once you make it, you'll never go back to your old tuna salad recipe. Let's get into it.
Healthy Tuna Salad Recipe
2 cans (6 oz. each) tuna, water pack
1/2 cup raw celery, chopped
1/3 cup green onions, chopped
6 1/2 Tablespoons mayonnaise, reduced fat
1. Rinse and drain tuna for 5 minutes. Break apart with fork.
2. Add celery, onion, and mayonnaise, and mix well.
Makes: 5 servings
Serving size: 1/2 cup
Total fat: 7 g
Saturated fat: 1 g
Cholesterol: 25 mg
Sodium: 158 mg
Total fiber: 1 g
Protein: 16 g
Carbohydrates: 4 g
Potassium: 201 mg
Keep This in Mind When Eating Tuna
Tuna is a low-fat, low-calorie lunch, making it a great choice for those trying to lose weight. It isn't, however, suitable for eating frequently. This might seem odd at first, considering the nutrition that tuna has to offer. Its lack of suitability for frequent eating actually has to do with the state of tuna in the wild, not with its nutrition.
Unfortunately, tuna has a high level of mercury in it. Because of this, eating it too frequently can actually lead to mercury poisoning. Mercury poisoning is nothing to scoff at; it can cause memory issues, loss of coordination, seizures, and tremors. While you won't get mercury poisoning from eating tuna once in a while, it isn't something you should be eating all the time.
If you want to lower your risk of being exposed to concerning mercury levels, opt for canned light tuna instead of canned albacore tuna. The latter has three times the mercury content of light tuna. If you buy light tuna, you can safely eat two four ounce servings per week. If you end up with albacore tuna, however, you should only eat one four ounce serving a week. If you exceed this amount, don't consume any more tuna for a few weeks.
This tuna salad is a great option for those looking to eat healthy. As long as you eat it in moderation, there is no risk to your health. It's still important, however, to remain aware of what you're putting in your body. Eating tuna in excess is dangerous to your health, but there's nothing wrong with eating it once a week.