Tuna Salad Epiphany | A Challenge is Born

I love tuna salad, it could quite possibly be considered a staple in our home, especially during the summer. Summer poses more than one conundrum for the average health conscious parent, including the typical question “What am I going to feed my kids today?” Considering the possible pantry alternatives, homemade tuna salad receives my vote every time. Well, almost every time. Today was different.

My mind was in the sugar-free zone as Matt and I have been playing with summer nutrition scenarios for ourselves and our SoWal CrossFit family and I was positive that my tuna salad needed no alterations to pass the no added sugar inspection. Wrong. It was blatantly obvious as I scanned through the ingredients splayed across the counter, the “sweet” relish stood out like a neon sign arranged neatly between Duke’s mayo and a bottle of Spice Island smoked paprika. I was adding sugar, 4 grams per serving. Enough said. Game on.

A Challenge is born. The Summer Sugar Buster Challenge will begin July 10, 2017. This challenge will remove, over 4 weeks, processed or refined sugars, fruit sugars, grains, and alcohol (we know alcohol isn’t a sugar but it hinders your livers ability to prioritize the breakdown of fats, carbs, and proteins).

We will kick off the Summer Sugar Buster Challenge for members of Sowal CrossFit at NWFL Fitness with several support outlets including a group Facebook page, suggested hashtags to track your food pics and more.

New and Improved Tuna Salad Recipe

6 cans white tuna in water (albacore to chunk light 3:1)

6 tbsp mayo (Duke’s is my go to)

1/2 sweet onion finely chopped

1/2 Claussen dill pickle chopped (in place of sweet relish)

1/2 tsp smoked paprika

1/2 tsp celery seed or 1/4 cup chopped celery

1/2 tsp garlic powder

Salt & pepper to taste

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Megan Titus July 6, 2017

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