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How Freckles does Tuna Salad

Posted Mar 02 2012 5:14pm

First off, I want to thank you for the all the congrats and kind words I received on yesterday’s post . The first thing I do when I get up is grab my phone and check the time/emails. So all these great comments were the first thing I saw this morning. A wonderful start to Friday. It is very encouraging and really helped me be even more excited about my decision. It is also another reminder of why I blog and how much it has truly enhanced my life.

Keeping the good vibes rolling >> I made breakfast for bb and coffee <3 + blueberry cream oats for myself.

1/3 cup oats cooked in 1/2 water 1/2 unsweetened almond milk, dash of vanilla, dash of cinnamon, 1.5 tsp chia seeds, 1/4 1% fat cottage cheese, very generous handful of organic blueberries

Work was the usual. Then, I hopped home quick to have lunch with bb at home! We’ve actually been doing this all week and watching The Chew. I have him hooked now. We’ve been trying to get tickets. Anyone from ABC reading? Help us out! On the menu was hummus, tabouli, and sprout wraps + tomato soup.

Sorry for the lack of pictures. I had to hurry and get back for a meeting. And what a meeting it was! I found a really inspiring nurse who works in integrative health care here at NYU. I wish I had known about her and program sooner. There will be more on that later.

Now I am at my desk munching on my usually afternoon snack of tea + apple + almonds. And it is my favorite pink lady! I haven’t had one in forever. I love my apples – never have a bad one – but for some reason this apple just tastes so good.

*Who’s that lady….who’s that lady…real fine lady…who’s that lady*

Random objects always spark random song that get stuck in my head. Sometimes I wish it played out loud, like a soundtrack for my life or something. Other times, I think it is best that it is safe in my head. Only a few privileged scared people get to experience my songs and weird noises. But everyone has their own thang, right?

I want to share an easy lunch that we had earlier in the week: My version of tuna salad. I’ve never liked mayo all that much, and I’ve shown bb how great tuna is without it.

F & S Tuna Salad

This is not your grandma’s tuna salad. This one has no mayo. It is really healthy, completely customizable, and flavor packed. I do not measure the add in’s because it all depends on your flavor and texture preference.

Yields 2 sandwiches

The Base:

  • one can of tuna (I like no salt added albacore)
  • 2+ tablespoons of hummus (any flavor is good – I used my regular homemade)
  • large squirt of spicy brown or Dijon mustard
  • 1 chopped up celery stalk
  • ~1/4 of an avocado (optional, but really good – I don’t always have one on hand though or time to cut it)
  • 1-2 large scoops of tabouli (also optional but good)
  • black pepper

Good veggie mix-in’s to add some variety:

  • diced tomatoes
  • sliced olives (love kalamata)
  • carrots
  • cucumber
  • radish
  • red onion

For serving pile on bread or stuff into a pita and garnish with greens and sprouts. Serving it on crackers or low cal rice cakes is also a great snack or mini meal.

Voila! Healthy, more flavorful way to enjoy your tuna fish.

And because March is National Nutrition Month. Here are some facts on tuna fish:

  • Great source of omega-3 fatty acids – this protects against heart disease, high blood pressure, and obesity. 2 servings a week and some experts say you can ditch your omega-3 supplement.
  • B vitamins – which are important for your metabolism, immune system, and healthy skin
  • low cal, high protein

Worried about mercury? Don’t be unless you are pregnant or eating tuna every day. Even pregnant woman can have 2 servings of tuna per week safely. But buying fresh or light canned tuna with decrease mercury levels.

So happy for the weekend. On tap I have:

-an 8:30 am boot camp class on Saturday

- dinner at home possibly seeing The Lorax tonight

- Yoga Sunday morning

-And brunch with friends after

-As well as the promise of Fro Yo in there somewhere

What are you looking forward to this weekend?

I’ve also updated my blog roll! It has changed so much and there are so many good ones out there. I’m sure I’ve missed some but check it out up top under Link Love.

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