A good parent never ignores rumbling tummy sounds. If your kids ask for snacks, you know it’s time to check the pantry. But before your little munchers reach for chips and candies, you must sway them into picking healthy snacks. A tuna sandwich is an underrated nutritious treat made using budget-friendly ingredients.
The two main stars of this recipe are canned tuna and Lady’s Choice Real Mayonnaise. For the rest of the ingredients, customize your list depending on what you have in stock.
Sneak in chopped fresh fruits to make a winner tuna salad sandwich! Even if fish is not your kids’ favorite, they will enjoy the balance of creamy and crunchy in this spread. If you think they deserve a reward, add slices of American cheese for a tuna melt sandwich. Want more protein? Toss in some chopped hard-boiled eggs for a quick tuna egg sandwich. The bottom line, you can create multiple variations of the classic sandwich in one go, using only a basic recipe.
Wait! Is Canned Tuna Healthy?
The general misconception is that anything canned is not as healthy as other ingredients. Numerous studies have already debunked this. In fact, preserved food can be just as nutrient-dense as fresh food. The canning process retains much of the protein, vitamins, minerals, fat, and carbs.
But remember that there are numerous varieties of canned tuna on the market. You might be more familiar with the oil-packed kind, which is high in protein but contains more fat. If you want to keep your calorie intake in check, stock up on canned tuna packed in water instead.
Another consideration is mercury content. Large types of ocean fish contain high mercury levels, which can cause health hazards. But that doesn't mean giving up tuna completely! Moderation is key. And you can always opt for light varieties instead of white tuna. Always read the ingredient list and beware of products that say “gourmet” or “tonno” as they may contain higher levels of mercury.
Canned tuna is still a reliable, versatile, and inexpensive source of protein. Plus, it doesn’t take much time to prepare! It’s also high in omega-3s (hello, healthy brain!), vitamin D, and selenium – essential nutrients for children’s development.
How to Make Tuna Sandwich
It can’t get any easier than this! You can prep this as fast as your kids finish five races in Mario Kart. And there’ll be enough to share with the whole family as one recipe is already good for four.
- 1 can tuna flakes in oil, drained
- 1 (80-ml) pack Lady's Choice Real Mayonnaise
- 1 tbsp chopped white onions
- salt, pepper, and sugar, to taste
- 8 pcs sliced white bread
- 2 bunches curly-leaf lettuce, washed and drained
- 2 pcs ripe tomatoes, sliced into rounds
- ½ pc cucumber, sliced thinly (optional)
- Combine tuna flakes, Lady’s Choice Real Mayonnaise, and onions in a bowl. Season with salt, pepper, and sugar.
- Assemble the sandwich: Top 4 bread slices with lettuce, tomatoes, and cucumber.
- Spread tuna mixture on top of the vegetables.
- Close sandwiches with remaining bread slices. Serve immediately.
How to Upgrade Basic Tuna Sandwiches?
Planning a kiddie party? Wow your little guests with fun sandwich creations! These ingredients will make other moms chew in wonder and ask you for the recipe.
Ah, who can resist this sweet-and-savory combination? Small slices of pineapple, apple, and grape can counter any fishy aftertaste. Add a slight crunch by using crushed walnuts, too.
Want to give your spread a different color? Mix half a teaspoon of curry powder into your tuna mixture. But be careful with how much you add because the kick might be too much for kids.
Make this fruit a regular on your tuna sandwich ingredients cheat sheet. Avocado slices offer extra color and creaminess that tykes can’t resist. Prepare open-faced versions to show off your nifty trick.
You can customize tuna sandwiches according to your kid's preferences. Why not invite them to help you make this merienda treat? They’ll feel like chefs, and you get to be a proud mom. Plus, it's a great distraction from video games. Make it a bonding activity to remember!
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