Mediterranean Tuna Salad
Focus on protein rich and healthy fats mid-day to keep blood sugar and energy levels stable. This dish is rich in omega 3’s, minerals, iron and fiber. All the building blocks for both stable hormones and happy digestion.
Make it your own (add in any or all of the following):
・Fresh Herbs (especially dill)
・Sprinkle with Pumpkin or Sunflower Seeds- not only does it add some crunch but incorporates vitamin E, B-vitamins, copper, selenium, and magnesium.
Drain one can tuna or salmon, drizzle with a little olive oil, salt and pepper and a splash of apple cider vinegar. Place on a bed of arugula, spinach, romaine (whatever greens you have on hand) and top with ¼ to ½ avocado.
・Not a fan of the can? buy smoked salmon and flake over lentils and arugula.
・Drizzle with tahini sauce and top with fresh dill (personal fav)
・Add in 1-2 tbsp of your favorite greek yogurt or sugar and gum free nut based plain yogurt.
・Trader Joe’s has pre-cooked lentils for under $4. Great deal and ensures you have a handy protein on the ready to pair with your favorite fat for either a meal or quick snack!
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