• photogmomma

    Something you should watch out with albacore tuna is that it can be high in mercury…. You may want to check your brand to make sure that it’s coming from an area that has been shown to have lower mercury. (Predator fish have higher mercury.)

    But holy moly, that sounds like a yummy snack! :)

  • Tricia

    Thanks for the tip! I love tuna salad, but always ruin it with Miracle Whip, sweet relish and apples. Delicious, but not as healthy as it could be. :)

    How much mustard do you add to a (5 oz?) can?

  • GingerPeach

    Love this. Trader Joe’s has some tasty tuna in a pouch that has a bunch of indian spices, too. If you’re worried about mercury, canned turkey or chicken is perfectly tasty with enough mustard, celery salt and fresh herbs.

    Also, try kale chips if you’re feeling like you want something crunchy – not as filling, but sometimes you’re just looking for the tactile experience of eating chips. It’s really simple – cut up a head of kale, remove the big stems, lay flat on a cookie sheet, giving them enough space, and sprinkle with salt, cayenne, etc. Pop them in the oven for 10 minutes and what will emerge will be crunchy chips that are just vegetable! No need to add oil or anything.

  • jbd1020

    Agreeing with others on the mercury thing. Albacore tuna is really high up there on the list and the FDA recommends no more than 6 ounces of it per week. Light tuna has a lot less. But it still bioaccumulates as you eat more and more of it. LOL and I won’t even get into the BPA in canned foods. But to reduce mercury exposure, you could alternate albacore with light tuna, salmon and chicken.

  • bawb23

    The solid tuna can have higher mercury than the chunk type, but both should be enjoyed in moderation. The NRDC says 1 can of solid every 11 days for a 120 lb person vs 1 can per 4 days for chunk. Sad, but you need to protect the brain function you have. http://www.nrdc.org/health/effects/mercury/tuna.asp

  • smelton99

    I’m cracking up because my 20 month old son Sam is the same way with food. He loves to chew up bites of apples and oranges and then open his mouth and let them fall out for the dog. He also takes food out of his mouth and hands it to me or puts it on my plate. This tuna idea sounds awesome, thank you for the tip!

  • susanne

    I wouldn’t eat more than one serving per week to stay on the safe side (for the mercury)… Also, tuna is going extinct due to overfishing. Not a sustainable choice.

  • curlsz

    That’s awesome! Ok I like Tuna but with mustard, I’ll leave that alone just so you can have more, sacrifice.

  • Tobie

    Agreed with susanne….

  • vjl0027

    Heather, I was wondering if you meant what you implied about Marlo and Coco. I should have known that it wasn’t an oversight – your perfectly crafted ending made me laugh out loud. Thanks for that! When one of my nieces was little she used to kiss her dog on the lips all the time. Ew.

    Since everyone is focusing on the tuna and not the canine, let me join the fray. I’ve read that sardines, or whatever we here in the USA get that are labeled “sardines,” are better in terms of mercury levels and sustainability because they’re lower on the food chain . While I’ve eaten amazing fresh sardines in Portugal, I haven’t yet been able to make the switch to the canned ones.

    GingerPeach, thanks for the tip about the kale chips, they sound great!

  • LisainNE

    You are in such big trouble for your snack. Oh wow. Anyway, I love plain albacore tuna. I buy it in the pouch so I don’t have to drain it and face the nasty looks of my husband and children for leaving tuna stink in the kitchen sink. I stir a tablespoon of lemon into it. Yum!

  • tokenblogger

    If only you had a doghouse for Marlo to climb into and eat the dog food right out of Coco’s dish!


    (My son at 18 months old.)

  • Tobi D

    This sounds like a great snack, but agreed about the moderation thing. Another quick snack is to put a poached egg on top of a 1/2 cup of brown rice and sprinkle with Cajun Seasoning. You can get individual brown rice servings that cook in the microwave in 60 seconds and I cook my egg in the microwave as well in a small Corningware creme brulee dish.

  • tallnoe

    I like to have lemon juice and capers in my tuna… but I do eat tuna in moderation, due to the fishing issue and the mercury… UGH.
    Monterey Bay Aquarium fish guide to the rescue!!
    Okay, it’s actually the Seafood Watch Program.
    But it means the same thing.

  • piprobins

    Yes, I was surprised to see “tuna” and “healthy” in the same sentence. Pretty much the worst thing you can eat in terms of your brain.

    That being said, it’s been 15 years since I’ve eaten it, but I really miss tuna and dill pickle and mayo sandwiches.

  • Janice

    I applaud what you are doing with the healthy life style and all but I hate tuna, I hate fish. They never have to worry about me making any of them unsustainable. If I had tuna in my mouth, I would hope my dog would rescue me by eating it off my tongue. Did appreciate the person who mentioned turkey or chicken in a can. Must look into that. That mustard looks mighty tasty though. Will you please share a link or are you gonna make me search for it?

  • juliejackson

    Seriously, try this tuna, it will change your life. It’s sashimi grade and tons better for you, and much tastier! http://www.amazon.com/Henry-Lisas-Natural-Seafood-Albacore/dp/B001EO6FRI/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&s=grocery&qid=1297122600&sr=8-1