I LOVE PB&J... but I have the sneaking suspicion that eating it every day, for the last 4 months (seriously), has caused me to put on a few extra "peanut butter" pounds. Although peanut butter is high in protein, it is also high in calories and fat... it really should be consumed in moderation. So I'm changing up my daily PB&J for a healthy sandwich alternative to see if I can get rid of these stubborn extra lbs.
I had seen a recipe somewhere for Chickpea and Tuna Salad. Mixing in beans with the tuna seemed like a healthy and interesting (and less smelly!) twist on the original version of tuna salad. I decided I would use my go-to tuna salad recipe and just mash in a can of chickpeas. Well, it worked! This salad/sandwich filling is packed full of fiber and protein, is low in calories and fat, and tastes delicious! It's hearty and filling to get you through those long work days. You could eat the salad alone, with crackers, or on whole grain bread! And the best part... it's quick and easy to make!
Chickpea and Tuna Salad
1 (15oz) can chickpeas or garbanzo beans, drained
1 (5 oz) can of light tuna, drained
1/4 cup celery, finely chopped
1/4 cup dill pickles, finely chopped
3-4 tbsp. mayonnaise, reduced-fat
1/4 tsp. ground black pepper
splash of dill pickle juice
Pour chickpeas into a medium size bowl. Add tuna.
Mash chickpeas and tuna with a potato masher or fork, until chickpeas are broken down and combined with the tuna.
Add celery, dill pickles, mayonnaise, pepper, and dill pickle juice. Stir until combined.
Store salad in refrigerator.
The chickpeas combine really well with the tuna, they give the salad more texture and heartiness without changing the flavor of the tuna too much. Plus, you get the added benefit of chickpeas... fiber! Fiber is important for digestive health and weight loss.
Add some slices of tomato to your Chickpea and Tuna Salad sandwich and you have a low fat, low calorie, nutritious lunch!