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Delicious Tuna Salad 

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Description:
The tuna itself is very healthy; besides the fact that it's low in calories and fat, it is a great source of protein and healthy omega-3 fatty acids. A typical tuna sandwich at a restaurant contains up to a whopping 720 calories and 43 grams of fat. The problem with this fishy favorite is all the mayo that usually goes into it. So by choosing a Tuna Salad you avoid the mayo.


Ingredients:
1 large can of tuna, in its own juice
1 finely chopped shallot
2 finely chopped radishes
1 piece of celery, finely chopped
1 Tablespoon of mild mustard
1 Tablespoon of organic, freshly pressed flax seed oil
A pinch of cayenne pepper


Directions:
Mix the tuna with all other ingredients in a medium sized bowl. Serve with whole grain bread or on toast.


Special Diet: Low Fat, High Protein, Low Calorie, High Omega Fats


Category: Salads

Submitted By: Maria Carr



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