Sometimes I get a craving for tuna and avocado! Which usually means I’m making Healthy Avocado Tuna Melts for the whole family!
Why is it that when something is off limits, you want it more than ever! Life is a joker I guess.
Being preggo I have a few things that are either off limits or that I can only have occasionally. Obviously alcohol is big NO! Which has been pretty easy to give up. The only time I really want a nice glass of red wine is when we eat pasta. Or maybe white wine with fish. But overall not a big craving.
Coffee is another one. This one was hard to give up at first but after a week of small headaches, the craving was gone. However, now that my kid decided she is not into sleeping… coffee is calling me back. So I’ve been half-caffing it to keep me going during the day.
Tuna. This is a weird one. I can have tuna while pregnant, just not too much of it (due to mercury level in tuna). But for some reason, I want it all the time! When I wasn’t pregnant I rarely craved the stuff, but of course now I want it ALL THE TIME!
My solution for this craving, are these fabulous and easy Healthy Avocado Tuna Melts!
Let me start off by saying I do not like throwing the word healthy around lightly. To make something healthy there needs to be a good balance of all the things that make a meal truly healthy. Meaning protein, healthy fat, veggies & starch.
In this case, every ingredient in this recipe makes it truly wholesome and healthy 😊
Combining my favorite things – crusty bread, cheese, avocado and tuna! Amazing! This lunch, snack or easy dinner hits the stop every single time!
And luckily both the hubs and my tiny tot are into them too 😊
To elevate this simple humble meal, I would urge you to buy some better quality tuna. The key things I like to keep in mind are:
- How tuna was caught – Check the label to find if tuna caught by troll or pole-and-line, or look for the blue Certified Sustainable Seafood.
- Mercury Level – Chunk light skipjack and tongol generally have lower levels of mercury than albacore and yellowfin.
- Go with BPA-free cans or pouches.
With those things in mind, go out and get yourself some good tuna! My favorite grocery store brands include:
- 365 Everyday Value Chunk Light Tongol Tuna Packed in Spring Water
- Trader Joe’s Tongol Chunk Light in Water
- Trader Joes Skipjack Tuna in Water
- Wild Planet Skipjack Wild Tuna
So although I can’t overdo it on the tuna, I have been making these tuna melts about once a month and savoring every last bite when I do 😋 Seriously I love’em so much that I secretly hope Poppy won’t eat her’s so I can eat it instead! HA!