Happy Martin Luther King Jr. day, friends! I hope those of you off work are enjoying the long weekend!
With this being the first official holiday of 2015, I thought it'd be a good time to check-in with where you are meeting your new-year new-you goals! I know some of you have hit the ground running since the stroke of midnight this new year to make healthy habits stick. I also know that for some of you the countdown to the wedding just got a lot closer and you mean business!
You need change. You need results. It's a new year and you're ready to transform!
Well, my advice is start any major change with small steps, such as by swapping healthy recipes for your regular go-to snacks and meals. This twist on your classic favorite -- tuna salad! -- is the perfect way to start healthier snacking in 2015!
Now, I'll admit, there are some things I've said won't ever taste as good as the way I grew up eating them but, what I've learned on my weight loss journey is that healthy food can sometimes taste just as good, if not better, than the foods I used to eat.
The trick is using nutritious food that keeps me feeling full longer - like plump bell peppers and meaty Bumble Bee® tuna- and, getting a little creative. These tuna salad, bell pepper boats are a prime example!!
I didn't think there was such a thing as tuna salad without gobs of real mayonnaise and sweet relish, but I was wrong! This recipe, adopted from Against All Grain, really surprised me! Paired with deliciously plump bell peppers, these tuna boats are tasty and satisfying! I also made my own mayonnaise for the first time (only four ingredients, delicious, and EASY! I used this recipe.
I was also pleasantly surprised how chunky and meaty this Bumble Bee® was! I love tuna because it's an easy and delicious way to add a variety of nutrients to your diet, including lean protein, healthy fat, and important vitamins and minerals.
I hope you love this recipe as much as I did!
Tuna Salad Bell Pepper Boats
Adopted from Against All Grain Paleo Tuna Salad
These bell pepper tuna boats are the perfect snack to pack for lunch, dish out when you get home after a long day at work, or snack on with your kiddos. !
- 3 cans of Bumble Bee Tuna in water (drained)
- 1 cup of paleo mayonaise
- 1/4 cup of red onion
- handful fresh dill
- 1/4 of an apple diced
- Juice from 1/2 fresh squeezed lemon
- 1 tablespoon sweet relish (or dill, your choice)
- salt and pepper to taste
- Optional: teaspoon of red wine vinegar
- After draining tuna
- Add to a bowl and top with other ingredients
- Mix well
- Slice bell peppers in half and de-seed (rinse)
- Scoop mixed tuna salad into bell pepper boats
- Store and save remaining tuna in an air-tight container in the refrigerator for up to 3 days (though, mine didn't last that long cause I ate it pretty quick!)
Feel free to pin this image to find this recipe on-the-go!