This post is brought to you by StarKist and The Motherhood. All opinions are my own.
Tuna is like a love language in my house. I grew up like every other kid in the 80s, with a variety of tuna-centric meals my mom thought up. Everything from tuna fish sandwiches to tuna noodle casserole! My mom introduced me to yummy and delicious plain tuna on buttered toast. As a teen, my culinary prowess was limited, but I did enjoy finding ways to spice up that yummy fish. I experimented with sauces made from ketchup and mayo mixed with pickles and various spices. I tried tomato paste and black olives. I never met a tuna recipe I didn’t enjoy.
Now that I’m a mom with kids of my own, I still rely heavily on tuna as a healthy protein for myself and my kids. But being a busy family on the go, we have found that there’s one brand that stands out above the rest for allowing us to get our fish fix! StarKist Tuna and Salmon pouches offer delicious and nutritious meal solutions to fit our busy lifestyle.
Available in a variety of flavors, including 13 deliciously seasoned Tuna & Salmon Creations, StarKist features at least 13g of lean protein and 110 calories or less per pouch! It’s an easy meal by itself – just Tear. Eat. And Go! Or you can use it as part of your own recipe creations! If you sneak a peak in my pantry, you will ALWAYS find an assortment of these pouches.
We love it for an after school snack. My kids are partial to the Sweet and Spicy flavor spooned onto a cracker and topped with an apple wedge. It sounds weird, but it’s actually quite delightful! Each pouch is single-serve, and you don’t need a can opener, nor do you need to drain it. They are perfectly prepared for you. Just tear off the top of the pouch, and use a fork to eat up!
It’s also a great way to add seafood to your favorite salad! I love to sprinkle mine on top of a bed of butter lettuce. The fish is so flavorful that I don’t even need to add dressing!
I even got a chance to meet the folks from StarKist on a recent business trip to Florida. They had a booth set up at the BlogHer conference, and I spoke to one of their amazing dieticians to learn more about the benefits of fish as part of a healthy diet.
Did you Know…
- 8 oz. (2 servings) of seafood is recommended each week
- Seafood, like tuna and salmon, contains healthy unsaturated fats—the omega-3s DHA and EPA
- Omega-3s may reduce inflammation that can damage blood vessels
Eating about 2 servings of seafood per week may
- Reduce the risk of heart disease
- Support a healthy weight
They even shared some great pairings for the different flavors. How amazing do these sound?
One thing I asked the dietician when I spoke with her was about the idea that pregnant women shouldn’t eat tuna. It’s a rumor that’s been circulating for a long time, and I must admit that in my previous pregnancies, I have steered clear. But this time around, I figured I’d ask the expert. She helped me to realize that it’s actually fine! Tuna is actually one of many low-mercury fish, and as such it’s actually a wonderful protein to have in pregnancy.
In fact, further research showed that the FDA has said that pregnant women may eat up to 12 ounces a week of canned light tuna and other low-mercury fish, such as salmon, shrimp, catfish, pollock, and fish sticks. They can also eat up to 6 ounces of fresh or canned albacore (white) tuna (they have more mercury than light tuna).
I am so glad to have this information and to be able to eat one of my favorite foods for the next long while. I think I may have to make some fishcakes for dinner tonight!