• jsides

    I too have recently discovered how yummy tuna is. I use the P90X tuna salad recipe for lunch 2X each week.

    1 can chunk light tuna in water
    lemon zest
    squeeze of lemon
    sprinkle of Mrs. Dash
    1/4 shredded carrot or celery
    1 tbs. light mayo

    Mix together. Yum!

  • AJAngert

    I had tuna over the weekend. Hubby told me I had lesbian breath.

  • Jen Cottrell

    I love my tuna with just enough plain yogurt to make it creamy, chopped red onion, chopped cucumber, and a pinch of garlic salt and pepper to taste. I put it on a whole grain Wasa cracker. Dee-lish!

  • watercolordaisy

    Seriously. You could see an angel fall from Heaven, catch it, and send it back with nary a scratch and people would still tell you that you did it wrong, wouldn’t they?

  • workroom

    tuna’s also good with a nice chunky (fat free!) salsa too!!!


  • ieattofu

    Hmmm… I can’t seem to find the sentence in your post requesting advice about your tuna consumption. Guess all these mercury-in-tuna experts are more perceptive than me. I, for one, say eat all the damned tuna n’ mustard (ewww) you desire!!

  • Mialulu

    This is kinda funny… Only because my mom is going to Belize next month so over the weekend she said she was going to eat tuna every day for lunch. I told her she shouldn’t do that because she would get Mercury poisoning. What’s that she asked. So I had to explain it to her, then I proceeded to tell her the other options such as canned chicken. hehe… So as I was reading this, It brought me back to our conversation. Now I feel bad that everyone has hounded you about your tuna intake and it’s probably annoying. But I think it’s all out of love. I think it’s quite funny, really, not in a funny haha way, but funny queer – Everyone loves you apparently!

  • Pandora Has A Box

    That’s a great snack! True, you might have to watch mercury levels, but lean protein and lots of flavor. Yum.

    I had smoked trout last week for lunch. The two year old demanded some and ate it. Then again, when I was pregnant with him, I craved pickled herring like no one’s business.

    Sadly, the DoCo Cats are failing in their duty to pick up crumbs from the floor, but Mr. Box refuses my overtures to get a dog.

  • hilaria23

    Dulcet’s curried ketchup totally kicks butt! It isn’t good on tuna – but is GREAT on all sorts of ketchupy foods.

  • playrawkstar

    on a non-mercury related side note – i just bought that mustard here in slc! they have it at liberty heights market on 11th & 13th. they actually carry a number of their mustards, but i just happened to pick up the curry one just the other week. =)

  • OrangeLily

    To add to the tuna fray, EXCEPT from the opposite end:

    There was a study not long ago, (sorry, don’t have the link), that compared British children with American children, at 3, 5 then 7 years of age. From what I understand, Britain don’t have the same warnings against mercury-containing-fish that America does, or at least, they eat more fish nonetheless. Ideally you eat fish to boost your brain power, but with the mercury Americans are avoiding it, especially during pregnancy. What to do?

    According to the study, the British kids were ahead of the American kids in each of the age groups, in social, emotional, mental, intellectual development. It turns out that the Americans were unintentionally creating the scenario they were trying to avoid. It was better to eat fish (at least the safer fish) than avoid them altogether.

    So I ate sushi and sashimi while I was pregnant, mostly salmon but sometimes a little tuna. (I hate canned tuna – yuck! – but love raw tuna, go figure. And I was a picky-eater-kid.) So there! Nyah! But I did try to avoid the high-mercury ones.

  • Amy K

    My daughter Emily (20 months) made that face today over coleslaw, lol.

  • sawtooth

    I love using a mashed avocado (instead of mayo) to make tuna salad. Pile it on flaxseed tortilla chips for a most delicious snack!

    Not even touching the mercury debate here. Once I broke a (mercury-and-glass) thermometer in a batch of candy I was making. I was so sad, because the candy is so good and the ingredients are rather spendy. I had that moment of “but I can’t see the poison!” before I threw it all out (following proper guidelines, don’t worry).

  • dianaparkhouse

    It’s fascinating and also delightful how different Bobo is to Leta!

  • amyj

    You should try tuna with Franks Red Hot. It’s way awesome. Way, way awesome!

  • mook

    Can you please tell me where you got that mustard? I love mustard and I love curry! That looks awesome! Thanks!

  • lostinamsterdam

    I can confirm the crumbs issue for the non-dog owning parent. My parents have two labradors whose faces totally light up when my children hove into view.

    We call them “the contract cleaners”…

  • Elyse xo

    My friends agree with (and love) tuna mixed with salsa as well.

  • ninesandquines

    i have a feeling that jon posted this under the guise of being you so you could get all of these anti-tuna comments and then say “oh wow maybe i should stop eating it” and he’d get his way of you stopping eating it without ever having to lift a finger…or not…but the comment about marlo and coco? priceless!

  • Laura Jones

    I learned my son liked tuna when I opened a can of cat food and he demanded some. He was 10 years old. I kept telling him cat food is not designed for human consumption. I had to go to the store for the Starkist and he ate it right out of the can. He won’t eat lasagna, macaroni & cheese, plain ole baked chicken, or chocolate covered ants. This he loves, room temp, nothing added.

  • Mme Wong

    I won’t even touch the tuna debate. All good things in moderation.

    But every single day, part of my brain tells me a dog wouldn’t be such a bad idea. Now, our household’s crazy schedule would make for a pretty unhappy canine, but my floors would be a lot less “crunchy”… Oh well, I’ll just live with the dirty floors!

  • tuggs

    According to the StarKist site (yes, I’m interested enough to have Googled it and yes, I’m going to choose to believe what it says rather than suspecting it’s all a huge conspiracy):

    Canned tuna is safe and canned light meat tuna is listed on the EPA/FDA advisory as one of the fish that has very low levels of methylmercury. The trace levels of methylmercury found in canned tuna are far below the 1.0 parts per million (ppm) standard the FDA has set as safe. FDA testing has shown that canned light meat tuna has an average of 0.1 parts per million (ppm) and that Albacore (white meat) tuna has an average of 0.35 ppm. StarKist has appropriate testing procedures in place to ensure that both our light meat canned and white meat canned tuna are well below the FDA limit of 1 ppm.

    For more information, go to the FDA’s website at http://www.fda.gov or call the FDA Center for Food Safety Information Line at 1-888-SAFEFOOD.

  • sgigs

    Please consider a more dolphin safe tuna. That is all; otherwise, happy snacking!

  • tuggs

    Starkist (I swear, I don’t work for them, but if you’re going to make a point, make it correctly) was apparently the first company to adopt a dolphin-safe policy, back in 1990. Hence the dophin-safe logo on their products.

  • photomelissa

    Does your trainer suggest other things that can be added to the tuna besides mustard and soy sauce? I don’t like soy but I think the mustard would rock. (crumbled up Doritos mixed in probably would, too!)

  • luv and kiwi

    i just realized i spelled doritos wrong on a facebook post. SHAT!

  • Twinkie

    Opinions on mercury aside, this discussion reminds me of a line from a movie starring Harvey Keitel.

    When someone asked him if wanted sushi, he says “No thanks. If I want mercury, I’ll eat a thermometer.”


  • Snarkmeister

    I love canned tuna. Here is my favorite tuna salad recipe:

    1 can olive oil-packed tuna, drained
    handful of tiny tomatoes, chopped
    1 rib celery, finely diced
    half a red bell pepper, finely diced
    couple of tablespoons of chopped fresh parsley
    couple of tablespoons of red wine vinegar
    drizzle of olive oil
    salt & pepper

    Then we eat it with tortilla chips. Because we like to take things that are marginally healthy and counteract it with things that are absolutely not at all healthy.

  • lisdom

    You know, I really like tuna, so this might be a good option for me besides the usual cottage cheese and fruit combo I do.

  • Just Jill

    I don’t own a broom; I have dogs. :)

  • AuburnD

    Love canned tuna and stumbled upon this winning combination by accident (was out of lemon and wanted to avoid mayo):
    -canned tuna
    -several TBs of pre-made pesto (I buy the kind from the grocery store made without cheese)
    -fresh lime juice
    -caperberries and diced red onion, if I’m feeling fancy
    -salt and pepper

    Great out of the bowl for a snack or on a bed of greens for a meal!

  • Mama to Henry

    Another fun and healthy swap is butternut squash fries. If you have a mandolin you can get really thin slices or a crinkle cutter for more traditional fries: Take 1/2 a butternut squash (peeled, de-seeded and cut to desired shape) and sprinkle on some kosher salt. Cook at 425 degrees on a cookie sheet sprayed with non-stick spray for 40 mins or so, flipping halfway. They are roughly 10 cals and 3g fiber/ounce. A good option for kids whose only vegetable intake consist of french fries and ketchup!

  • brookesummer

    I don’t know about the tuna (ewwww is right Marlo!) but I absolutely agree, I don’t know how parents feed children without dogs. They’re automatic vacuums for crumbs, SO much better than a regular vacuum cleaner! And a vacuum can’t pick up slimy stuff that the doggies love! ;)


  • greeblemonkey

    You have probably pointed this out, seeing as you know, they’re your kids and all, but wasn’t Leta super finicky when she was younger? Funny how the 2nd kid always seems to be opposite.

    And sidenote, Declan will eat anything, and I mean anything. Mussels are like his favorite thing in the world. He even tried caviar recently.

  • freckleface

    Wow… it astounds me how many people wouldn’t at least skim over the comments above them to see if maybe someone else has already lectured you on the perils of mercury. How annoying.

  • mrs.notouching

    Not only you are a bully you are now responsible for extinction of all damn tuna! I am just concerned nobody dug up any deadly facts about that mustard, cause that one surely looks like it could nuke the United States of America.

  • Lazisme

    Bwah! That reminds of when my mom used to torture my brother and I with her cans of deviled ham and hominy. I hated that little can of ham with it’s creepy devil on the label. With a label like that it had to be evil. Potted meat
    products… ::shudder::.

  • cassidy.stockton

    What a great idea! Always looking for snack ideas that will keep me full through the day. Yes, I’ve eaten tuna, but never thought to add mustard or soy sauce (duh!).

  • Lazisme
  • bighugstudio

    Hi Heather,

    I highly recommend Portuguese BOM Petisco Tuna, it’s really good. I hope you can find it where you live. I always thought tuna was all the same but that’s not true. The BOM Petisco is really something else.

    I often have tuna in the morning because it keeps me full. I add about a teaspoon of mayo (either Polish, Japanese or Russian, because it’s much lighter than Hellmans) and I add some chili flakes and when I’m feeling ambitious, some freshly chopped CABBAGE. This is a great combination and I don’t think I need to tell you how healthy cabbage is. It will fill you up even more.

    Of course, if you’re looking for a healthy snack, I also have a great recipe for Green Hummus, it’s a Spinach-Arugula Hummus with Jalapeno pepper.
    I hope you check it out on my blog, Big Hug Studio.

    Oh and if you’re looking for a cool mustard, I just tried a grainy maple flavoured one that’s amazing from Savvy Chef.

  • They made me choose a username

    It’s true that with 5 kids and no dogs, we clean up a LOT of crumbs. (I mean, we would if we cleaned them up. I should probably have just said, “We HAVE a lot of crumbs.”) But it’s also true that we don’t have to clean up dog puke or dog diarrhea.

    Also, was the point of this post to make me want Doritos? It worked!


    I’ll just echo what the others have said Heather:

    Whenever you try to create a healthy snack and implement it as part of your lifestyle, it will ALWAYS turn out to advance your death sooner and kill the earth at the same time.

    But seriously, it’s a great idea; much better than all that salty rubbish.

  • greendragonfly

    I have a strangely odd and yet yummy tuna (or scrambled egg, works well for either application) recipe:

    1 can drained tuna (or a couple of scrambled eggs)
    couple of big forks of dill pickle relish
    jalepeno mustard to taste
    couple tablespoons ranch dressing
    1/2 cup or so of broccoli sprouts, chopped if long
    one large carrot, shredded

    Mix all. Eat on chips or tortillas or bread or… YUMMY.

  • victoriasauce

    Tuna is responsible for the extinction of unicorns.
    The nerve of you, really.

  • laura.elaine

    Your fancy-pants, smarty-pants readers are scaring me with all this mercury talk. And I love tuna. Especially albacore tuna. Yeesh. I’m never coming HERE again! (Kidding, of course. I’ll come here til I DIE OF MERCURY POISONING)

  • strawberrygoldie

    I’m with you, Marlo.

    The only way I eat canned tuna is if it is prepared with tons of mayonnaise and boiled eggs. And salt. And topped with swiss cheese. And smushed between two pieces of buttered toast.

    I gave up sweet tea (OHGODTHEDERRICIOUSGALLONSOFTEA) about five years ago. I replaced it with fattening, unhealthy tuna melts.

    That, my friends, is called balance.

    *please back up with the big ass pin aimed at my delusional bubble*

  • juliemewood

    You really do have no idea how much sweeping is involved! We have hardwood floors, which I love, but a pile of crumbs the size of Mt. Saint Helen to pick up every day, which I hate. It would be nice to have a crumb picker upper but I guess sweeping beats picking up dog crap from the lawn, oh wait, Coco takes care of that for you, you’re golden.

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  • Keep It Simple Foods

    I wish I had not read this post during lunch (coincidentally, a tuna wrap). Although I love the idea of tuna and mustard (yes! keep doing this!), the thought of a dog lapping food out of a child’s mouth is so repuslive, that my appetite has instantly vanished. Perhaps I should thank you for saving me the calories? ;)

  • theotherlion

    Hey, at least you don’t have to share!