If you have been reading my blog, you'll know that I love the idea of preparing my meals a week in advance in order to simplify my week. However, you may not know that avocados were a huge part of my recipes before I began WW. I know that avocados are healthy, however, knowing they were not a zero point food was disheartening.
Avocados Are Healthy. Yes, even on MyWW!
However, while avocados are not a zero point food, it is important to incorporate healthy fats into your eating habits. For example, the recipe on this post is for Margarita tuna salad which is a quick lunch that is easy to use during your weekly meal prep rotation.
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What are the benefits of eating avocados?
Avocados are all the rage across kitchens everywhere. This stone fruit with a brilliant green shade and creamy texture is served in a multitude of ways. The nutritional benefits of avocados include Omega 3 fatty acids, vitamins, fiber and are a source of healthy fats for the body. We have been taught that fat is bad, but this is not always the case. Healthy fats are essential for every cell in the body in regards to skin health, the absorption of nutrients and boost your immune system.
Is tuna safe to eat often?
Tuna can be a high-quality protein, packed with Omega-3 fatty acids to keep your heart healthy. However, tuna does contain higher-than-average amounts of mercury, which is a toxic metal that may result in severe health issues. When it comes to canned tuna, there are several varieties that change how often you should consume it.
- Canned white or albacore tuna: For adults, limit to 3 times per month, while children should limit to 1-2 times per month.
- Canned light: This is the better choice and can safely be eaten once a week for children and adults over 6. Just be careful to read the can. If it is made with yellowfin tuna, the mercury levels will be just as high as albacore.
What alternatives are there to canned tuna? Canned Salmon or Chicken!
Featured Recipe: Avocado Tuna Salad
I love to feature at least one recipe on each post. In the spirit of celebrating avocados and tuna, I love this recipe for Avocado Tuna Salad. I call it “margarita tuna salad” after the flavors of lime and salt. You can choose to take this recipe and put it on a romaine lettuce salad, or you can substitute a thin slice of whole-grain toast for some crunch or in a low carb tortilla for a wrap.
Featured Recipe: Avocado Tuna Salad
You can serve this tuna salad either in a bowl on its own, or right inside the avocado's shell for convenient eating.
With the new changes to WW for 2020, there are now 3 different plans to choose from.
MyWW Green Plan – 5 Points Per Serving
MyWW Blue Plan – 4 Points Per Serving
MyWW Purple Plan – 4 Points Per Serving
- 1/2 Avocado
- 1 tsp Chili lime seasoning
- Chopped onion (1 1/2 tbsp)
- Cinnamon powder (1/4 tsp)
- Lime juice (1 tbsp)
- Salt (1/4 tsp)
- Spring onions (1 tbsp)
*Pro Tip: Weigh your avocado, you may find it's more or less points depending on the size
- Chopped romaine lettuce (2 cups)
- Canned or packaged tuna (5 oz.)
- Add all the ingredients in group 1 in a bowl and mix well.
- Add tuna and romaine lettuce into the same bowl and mix well.
- Ready to serve.
Optional: Instead of adding avocado and romaine into the tuna salad, mix it and serve it inside the avocado with diced tomatoes on top instead over a bed of arugula.
Tell me that's not the simplest recipe ever? Throw it in your favorite meal prep container and you are ready to go!
Where do I buy Chili-Lime Seasoning?
You can find Chili-Lime Seasoning at Trader Joe's or you can grab this awesome bundle including Everything but the Bagel seasoning on Amazon!
What other WW Friendly Avocado Recipes are there?
Because I am such an avocado fan, I love to hunt for other ww friendly recipes. In my online travels through various recipe blogs, I've found that there are often recipes that can be healthy and low in points with a few adjustments. Here are a few of my favorites that I have discovered.
Breakfast (or Snack): Avocado Banana Muffins
On Will Cook For Smiles, she created a delicious recipe for avocado banana muffins that incorporated the zest of an orange and topped with a streusel that was literally sugar on sugar with butter and flour. I knew in order to curb the points in this recipe without sacrificing taste, I could make simple swaps and adjust portions. For this recipe, I chose to swap Truvia instead of the white sugar to cut over 20 points from the full recipe and change from 12 average size muffins to 24 mini muffins. Between the avocado and banana, these are packed with nutrition and are the perfect energy boosts for breakfast or as a mid-morning snack.
Lunch: Heirloom Cherry Tomato, Avocado and Arugula Salad
I love Stacey Homemaker‘s simple recipe for this cherry tomato salad. I love getting my heirloom cherry tomatoes from our local produce co-op and I can always count on them for fresh arugula and avocados. While this recipe calls for a balsamic vinaigrette you make yourself with a little maple syrup, you can easily use your favorite Skinnygirl dressing.
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