Tuna Salad Lunch Box (low-cal meal prep)

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!

 

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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!

 

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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.

 

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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

True 😛

 

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Now that you have a low calorie tuna salad, it’s time to assemble some lunches!

LUNCHES, ASSEMBLEEEEEEEEEEEE!!!!!!!!

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! 🙂

 

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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…

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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. 😉

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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

Author: farmtotabletosoul

Thanks for joining me! Good company always shortens the journey so I'm glad you're here. My name is Tara Benson and I'm 33 years young. I'm an energetic wife and mother with a wild imagination and a bold sense of humor. Consider me 100% right brained. I love music, art, interior design, gardening, baking, cooking, creating and hobby farming. I'm married to the best husband, Jason. It's safe to say we're opposites in many ways, but get along GREAT. We have two very intelligent and loving children, Owen (10) and Belle (4). I come from a huge family with three brothers, one sister and about a thousand others in the extended version. I'm also a mother to a mixed herd of animals (13 and counting...). I work in the mortgage industry from my home office. In 2015, my husband and I bought a 13 acre farm on the eastern plains of Colorado. We decided to live out our dreams and make the best of our lives for ourselves and our children. We want to teach them that hard work and creativity will always payoff at the end of the day. So welcome! Stick around a while and make yourself at home. -Tara

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