Everyone knows I like my fancy organic foods and supplements. But just because I’ve developed a refined palette for organic and healthy food, doesn’t mean that all my recipes are super complicated or require a bunch of different ingredients. It’s cool if you want to use goji berries and cacao nibs and hemp hearts in your oatmeal every morning. But it’s imperative to realize not everyone has that kind of time or budget or even access to food.
That’s why today, I’ve got a simple lunch healthy tuna salad recipe that’s affordable, full of healthy omega 3s, and delicious. It doesn’t require any weird ingredients that you have to go to Whole Foods for and it tastes awesome.
A quick tidbit about the tuna. I try to go organic when I can with tuna because of its high mercury content. But for those of you who don’t have access to this food or simply don’t have the budget, a can of conventional tuna every now and then isn’t going to kill you. Just remember to space out your consumption. Try to have no more than two servings of this salad per week. If you need to, cut this recipe in half so you’re not wasting any food.
I know everyone is always scared about tuna and mercury. But honestly if you rotate your proteins accordingly and get lots of variety in your diet, the average person shouldn’t have to worry too much about overexposure. In a perfect world would I have everyone eat 100% organic food? You bet. But I understand that health and nutrition often need to operate within certain parameters and I’m totally aware of that. So if you’re in a situation where a can of tuna is all that’s available, there’s no need to panic. Chances are, you will be fine.
Another thing you should know about this healthy tuna salad recipe. I love chicken and tuna salad because in a way these proteins are blank canvases for me. I can use all sorts of veggies and even fruits to make a completely different version of this salad every time. Recall the tuna lettuce boats I made a longgggg time ago. I still used tuna, but worked different veggies in for a totally different flavor. My point is, healthy chicken and tuna salad recipes are simple ways to work in nutrients, making them great for picky eaters or those who tend to shy away from fruits and veggies. Don’t be afraid to experiment and find some new combinations that taste amazing to you!