Tuna Salad Recipe & Benefits

This tuna salad is the perfect lunch for hot summer days. It contains the following:

Tuna

Red Grapes

Red Onion

Apple

Jalapeños

Olive Oil

Mustard

Every time I make this treat it ends up a little different but equally delicious. I recommend playing with the ingredients and combining them in a way that best suits your tastebuds. You can eat the salad plain, stuff it in peppers, put it on crackers, or stuff it in an avocado- totally up to you. Now let's look at the health benefits.

Tuna is high in both omega 3's and protein. So often we hear these words but aren't sure why they are beneficial for us. Protein helps to build and repair tissues.  It makes the enzymes, hormones and other necessary chemicals in our bodies.  Protein aids in building bones, muscles, skin, and blood. 

The importance of Omega 3's is widely known, but what on Earth do they actually do? They reduce triglycerides, slow the build up of plaque in our arteries, lower blood pressure, reduce the risk of an irregular heartbeat, decrease inflammation, lubricate joints, and boost HDL.  They have been credited with things like boosting fertility, fighting wrinkles, pumping the heart, and fighting depression. 

Jalapeños are low in calories and high in vitamin c.  They act as an anti-inflammatory and can help to lower blood pressure. They are said to fight arthritis, headaches, and high blood-pressure. 

Onions are full of vitamin C, sulphuric compound, flavonoids, and phytochemicals.  They act as anti-oxidants, natural blood-thinners, and anti-inflammatory agents.  There is some speculation that they even may help prevent certain types of cancer.

Red Grapes are full of crazy powerful antioxidants. The resveratrol found in their skins is said to inhibit the spread of cancer. Their fiber and potassium support heart health. They aid in digestive issues like constipation.

Apples are rich in dietary fiber, flavonoids, and antioxidants. They are said to help lower the risk of coronary heart disease and cardiovascular disease.  Their soluble fibers can aid in lowering cholesterol levels.  The quercetin in an apple makes oxygen more readily available to the lungs.

Now that you know the "why" and "how" get yourself to the kitchen and make your tastebuds and body both healthy and happy.

Xo Colleen