One look at the title and your mouth is bound to start watering, and for a good reason. Chili is there to fire up your taste buds and it balances out the omega-3-rich tuna. Lime gives the entire salad a refreshing twist that will surely put a smile on your face.
Now, you’re probably wondering how to make this decadent version of tuna salad. There are a few ingredients and preparation takes only a couple of minutes. Keep reading to find out more.
Keto Tuna Salad Recipe
The recipe includes mayonnaise, but you don’t have to go for the off-the-shelf options. Try making your own keto-friendly mayo. It might merit its own article, but the keto mayo is not hard to mix up.
- Keto mayonnaise
- Finely chopped celery and red onion
- Lime juice
- Salt and pepper per taste
- Chili lime seasoning
- Roughly chopped romaine lettuce
- Canned tuna
- Black pepper
- Green onion (chopped)
- Lemon juice
Grab a medium-size bowl and add chili lime seasoning, lime juice, mayo, pepper, and salt. Give everything a good stir to get a smooth consistency. Then, add tuna and vegetables and stir some more. Chili lime keto tuna salad can be served on a bed of greens, with cucumber slices, or celery.
The Power of Tuna
Tuna can be considered a superfood for a number of reasons. It’s packed with omega-3 fatty acids and micronutrients, plus it may have anti-inflammatory properties. Here’s a quick recap of all the benefits.
Rich in selenium, phosphorus, and potassium, tuna is a potent antioxidant. These minerals reduce the number of free radicals in your body and lessen the oxidative stress.
In addition, phosphorous promotes enzyme and hormone production and maintains optimal bone health. This mineral is also responsible for the stability of electrolytes in your body. Potassium keeps your kidneys healthy and balances the sodium levels.
Finally, selenium boosts immunity, promotes thyroid function, and improves sperm motility and count.
It’s no secret that omega-3 fatty acids are beneficial to your health, but how do they work? Studies have shown that these fatty acids decrease blood pressure, arrhythmias, triglyceride levels, and platelet aggregation.
Platelet aggregation is a detrimental mechanism that may cause cardiovascular blocks and induce stroke or heart attack. A single can of tuna may contain between 200mg and 800mg of omega-3. This depends on the kind of tuna bluefin and albacore have the highest content.
Speed up Weight Loss
Omega-3 is associated with the hormone leptin which is crucial for healthy metabolic functions. This is the hormone that tells your brain you’re satisfied and full. Studies show that people who have hard times losing weight have become resistant to leptin.
Greater intake of omega-3 fatty acids is a great way to prevent leptin resistance and expedite your weight loss.
Word of Caution
Tuna is healthy indeed, but you should eat it in moderation. This fish has a certain level of mercury which accumulates as part of the ocean’s food chain.
Is It Chicken?
Feel free to make the zesty chili-lime keto tuna salad for your non-keto friends, but don’t tell them what it is. Chances are that their carbs-accustomed palates will be blown by the explosion of nutrients and tastes.