This tuna salad recipe is meant to be a budget-friendly, portable and protein-rich meal or snack. Early season training for me means getting back into the regular strength building routine at the gym, and I'm trying to be more diligent about bringing my recovery fuel with me rather than waiting until I get home. While protein supplements offer a certain "convenience" factor, they are often more costly and I prefer to prioritize their use for my harder workouts. I'd rather use the real food approach where possible, which also ensures I'm getting other nutrients to go along with meeting my post-workout recovery needs!
A little preparation and planning goes a long ways in regards to better fueling my body in a budget-friendly manner. This year, I'll be looking to include more quick-prep type meals in my diet, like this tuna salad, that can be easily packed in a cooler and carried with me through the day.
This tuna salad can be enjoyed over a bed of greens or in a pita pocket for a portable protein-packed lunch or snack on the go! A 1-cup serving offers 30 grams of quality protein at roughly $3.30 per serving. I plan to pair mine with fresh spinach, whole wheat pita and a piece of fruit for a well-rounded yet quick and simple meal option during the week.
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Kristen Chang is Registered Dietitian Nutritionist (RDN), Certified Specialist in Sports Dietetics (CSSD) and triathlete residing in southwest Virginia with her husband and dogs. Follow along as she shares favorite fueling recipes, general wellness and sport nutrition tips and stories from her athletic endeavors.
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