Canned tuna might be a cheap and filling source of protein, but few people would call it an exciting snack. But you don’t have to settle for blah if you’re eating tuna between meals. Creative mix-ins and twists on serving styles (no more boring sandwiches) can turn the humble can of tuna into a snack you actually want to eat. Plus, you’ll be getting valuable nutrients like niacin, selenium, and vitamin B12, as well as essential fatty acids as you chow down on this nutritionist-approved snack.
“I always try to keep either canned tuna or canned salmon on hand. It’s great for getting omega-3s,” registered dietician Manuel Villacorta told Men’s Fitness, adding that he eats it on rice crackers with a little lime juice when he needs a quick snack.
Adding a little citrus is one way to jazz up tuna, but it’s far from your only option. From stuffing it in hard-boiled eggs to turning it into a spread for crackers, tuna is truly a versatile food. Try one of these five easy-to-prepare tuna snack recipes and see for yourself.
1. Tuna-Stuffed Avocado
Light on carbs and full of healthy fats, this tuna-stuffed avocado snack will fill you up without weighing you down. Plus, it’s so simple to prepare you can even whip this mini-meal up in the break room at work. The result is a snack that will give you the energy to power through the rest of the day. Recipe from Martha Stewart.
- 1 ripe avocado
- Zest and juice of 1 lemon
- 1 teaspoon extra-virgin olive oil
- 1 (6-ounce) can solid albacore tuna, in spring water
- 1 tablespoon sunflower seeds
- Salt and freshly ground black pepper
- Fresh basil leaves, for garnish (optional)
Directions: Halve avocado lengthwise and remove the pit. Scoop out 2 tablespoons avocado flesh from each half, and leave the shells with the remaining flesh intact.
Mash the 4 tablespoons avocado with lemon juice and olive oil until smooth. Toss with tuna, sunflower seeds, half the lemon zest, and salt and pepper to taste. Fill halves with tuna mixture, and garnish with remaining lemon zest and basil, if desired. Serve immediately with a spoon.