My wonderful friend Tiffany is studying to become a personal trainer and a group exercise class instructor. She is super fit, healthy and completely my motivation to be a better me. One night while chatting about our latest fitness goals, and where she was at with her trainer certification, I broke down and only half jokingly implored her to take me on as a “client” in which she could dictate my diet, advise my exercise and generally make me healthier. She thought it was a good idea, and last week presented me with a diet and exercise challenge. Basically, I am on a low carbohydrate, no sugar, high protein diet. The sugar and carbs are hard for me to forsake in favor of lettuce and chicken breast, having a notoriously terrible sweet tooth, but I have risen to the challenge, I would like to think. In the last week I have lost 3 pounds following her guidelines, and I am thrilled enough to keep it going. As for exercise, she added a simple strength training interval program to my 3 days a week 3+ mile runs. I get one “cheat meal” a week, and have been limiting my processed sugars and carbs by only eating processed foods with 10g or less of sugar, and only having 1 or 2 servings a day of bread, pasta or rice. I generally have a light English muffin in the morning or some pasta or rice in a lean cuisine for lunch, and trying to avoid carbs at dinner. Tough, but doable. Thankfully I haven’t been craving sugary sweets, but the desire to still eat them is ever present, so I have to watch myself.
One of the recipes I have been relying on for my lunches is a less fatty take on tuna salad, which I happen to be eating now, and I thought I would share it for you, sans pictures. Ordinary tuna salad is mixed with mayo, relish and eaten as a sandwich, this recipe has no bread or mayo, and is actually a real salad, so there should be a different name, but it serves its purpose.
Adrian’s diet Tuna Salad for 1
You will need:
- 1 cup mixed baby salad greens
- 1 cup baby spinach
- 4 oz or 1/2 cup of solid white albacore tuna
- 7 grape tomatoes
- 1/2 cup sliced cucumbers
- 1/2 a sliced gala or pink lady apple
- 2 tbsp light Italian dressing (I used Newman’s Own lighten up! Italian dressing)
In a shallow bowl, mix all ingredients together, and enjoy! It’s super simple, has lots of protein from the tuna, you get a few servings of vegetables, and you have sweetness and crunch from the apples. Best of all, it’s only about 345 calories and you got a lot of food and flavor in that bowl. I personally like that the tuna isn’t a super prominent flavor due to the Italian dressing, so if tuna flavor bothers you, no fear!