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If you have ever picked up any diet book or followed any fad diet, tuna is always on the top of the list of items you are encouraged to eat. “They” often tout it as the perfect way to sneak more protein into your daily life.
It makes sense. Tuna is packed with protein, a mighty 15 grams of protein per 2 oz serving. And it will only cost you 70 calories. Those are pretty impressive stats, friends, making tuna a total win to add to your meal and snack rotations.
But let’s face it, tuna by itself can be a little bit, meh. But the good news is that tuna is a blank palette and can be transformed entirely with a few simple ingredients. And if you are looking for a tuna recipe without mayonnaise because you are not a fan, then you, my friend, are in the RIGHT place. As a lover of tuna fish I have decided to share a few of my favorite tuna recipes that I have continually turned to over the years to help me keep my tuna eating healthy and keep me on track with meeting my health and wellness goals. These three tuna-terrific recipes are easy healthy recipes that are great for a light lunch, snack, or even simple healthy meal. I like to keep things simple and easy, and you will find all three of these recipes just that!
I hope you love these fresh and flavorful tuna recipes as much as I do.
Back in the day before children, when I worked out with a personal trainer and was tiny and ripped … oh the good ole days. I ate this concoction ALL the time. It was a great way to fuel up with minimal calories and maximum protein, and it was rich and creamy consistency and tasted more like a splurge than the healthy stuff.
It is an excellent take on the traditional tuna salad but sans the mayo. So if you are not a fan of mayonnaise, this one will be a good one to know.
It might sound a little strange, and you might even be a little afraid, but seriously, JUST try it!! It is SOOO good! Your taste buds will thank you. Pair it with whole wheat crackers or your favorite low-carb crackers, sliced bell pepper, serve on top of greens, or whatever works with your personal goals and style of eating. There is no way to go wrong with this simple tuna salad recipe.
High Protein Tuna Dip
Easy No Mayo Tuna Salad Dip
- 2 oz Albacore Tuna in Water 1/2 Can drained
- 1/2 Cup Cottage Cheese
- Fresh Cracked Pepper — to taste
- 1/2 tsp Dried Dill – or more to taste
- 1 Tsp Dill pickle relish optional
Combine tuna in a small bowl with all the above ingredients and serve with Whole Wheat Crackers or Cucumbers — both are excellent choices!
What tastes better with tuna than mayo?! Avocado! Don’t let this basic recipe fool you. It gives it the same creamy appeal as mayo without having to add loads of mayo. This tuna mixture is a super healthy and fun way to add protein as a fantastic well-rounded snack during the day. You WILL not be disappointed. This little tuna concoction is full of fresh flavors and is a creative twist on the classic tuna salad.
Avocado Tuna Salad
This no-mayo tuna salad may sound super basic, but it is TASTY!
- 2 oz Albacore Tuna in Water 1/2 can drained
- 1 Avocado
- Pink Himalayan Salt and Crushed Pepper to Taste
- 1/2 Lime lime juice Squeezed into mixture
Remove Avocado flesh from the avocado halves and mix with other ingredients and spoon back into the shell for easy carrying device or a bowl works as well.
In my humble opinion, you can not share easy healthy tuna recipes without the classic tuna melt – with a couple of little swaps, and you can make this classic healthier!
Healthier Classic Tuna Melt
All the flavor and goodness of a classic tuna melt but a healthier version!
- 2 Slices Slices Low Carb or Whole Grain Bread Slices
- 2 ounces Albacore Tuna in Water 1/2 can drained
- 1 Tbsp Olive Oil Mayo *See notes on subbing out the mayo
- 1 Tbsp Chopped Red Onion
- 1 Tbsp Djion Mustard
- 1 oz Cheddar Cheese or cheese of choice
- Butter for grilling I like to use garlic butter
Mix all ingredients - spread over bread and top with cheese - grill over medium heat until both sides are toasted and cheese is nice and melty.
*NOTE: For those wanting to skip the mayonnaise, here are some easy swaps!
- low-fat yogurt
- extra virgin olive oil
- greek yogurt
For more easy healthy lunch ideas check out these recipes:
- Tantalizing Greek Style Pita Pizza
- Decadent Low Carb Avocado Toast
- Grilled Turkey Pizza Burgers
- Healthy Crock Pot French Dip Wraps
Happy Eating Friends!