Do you ever go through phases where you’re obsessed with certain kinds of food? I do.
And I’m definitely going through a phase with Toufayan whole wheat pita bread. It’s so good and guilt free! I found that my grocery store sells an 8-pack of mini loaves for just $1.69. I’ve been eating one a day for almost three weeks and I just love that they’re only 80 calories each.
I think they’re IDEAL for meal prep because like I said, 8 pack at $1.69, and only 80 calories each!
I like to cut them up and dip them in hummus. Or I fill the pita “pocket” with tuna salad, roast chicken, turkey lunch meat… or veggies and even more hummus! They’re really satisfying if you’re low-carb. You can find them in the bread aisle. 🙂
Enough about pita bread.
So I came up with another meal prep plan using tuna salad. Growing up we would make tuna salad with mayonnaise.. which I carried into adulthood. Well, turns out Mayo isn’t working for my waistline at the moment, so I decided to come up with a low-calorie tuna salad that tastes similar to the one mom used to make. But it’s low calorie. No mayonnaise. NONE. Sorry mom!
I substitute the mayo with 2% Greek Yogurt. I also make sure to buy tuna in “water”.. not tuna in “oil.” I use dill relish which has zero calories, and to add sweetness I use a dollop of honey.
I must say, it’s pretty darn good! No, it’s not “mayonnaise-based” good, but for “diet” tuna salad I really like it. Sometimes I impress myself so much I sweep myself off my feet!!
“Now I know what I’ve been looking for all these years. Myself. I’ve been waiting for me to come along. And now I’ve swept myself off my feet!”
– Jerry Seinfeld
Now that you have a low calorie tuna salad, it’s time to assemble some lunches!
Note: Pita bread can be stored separately in a baggie to prevent it from becoming stale. If you’re using flavored almonds instead of dry roasted (like honey cinnamon for example) store them in a separate container also. My flavored almonds didn’t like the humidity in the container one bit! 🙂
Viola! Easy as pie.
Tuna Salad Lunch Box (low-cal meal prep)
- Romaine Lettuce, for garnish or lettuce wrap
- 2 cups low cal Tuna Salad (recipe below)
- 2 medium Apples, sliced
- 4 hard-boiled Eggs
- 1/2 cup Almonds
- 4 mini whole wheat Pita Breads
- Sliced cucumber (optional)
Divide everything between four lunch containers. The Pita bread can be stored separately in a baggie to prevent it from becoming stale. If you’re using flavored almonds instead of dry roasted (like honey cinnamon for example) store them in a separate container also.
Please note the recipe below makes just under 2 cups of tuna salad…
Low Calorie Tuna Salad
- 3 cans Tuna in Water (not oil!)
- 1/2 cup 2% Greek Yogurt
- 1 teaspoon Mustard
- 1 tablespoon Dill Relish
- 1 1/2 teaspoons Honey
- 1/4 teaspoon dried Dill
- 1/4 teaspoon Onion Powder
- 1/4 teaspoon Salt
- 1/4 teaspoon Pepper
Mix everything together in a bowl. Makes just under 2 cups of tuna salad. 😉
Caloric equation for your reference:
One Meal = 1/2 cup low-cal Tuna Salad (106 cal.), 1/2 Apple (52 cal.), 1 hard-boiled Egg (78 cal.), 1 whole wheat Pita (80 cal.), 1/8 cup dry roasted Almonds (66 cal.) = 382 Calories