Snacking can either be a great method to flood your active body with must-have physique-transforming nutrients or the bane of your diet. The worst is when you reach for overly sweet, highly processed treats when a snack attack strikes. That’s why it’s a good idea to also think savory for your in-between nourishment. Where to start? You can’t go wrong with these little flavor bombs that provide protein along with a serving of much-needed vegetables in the form of habit-forming Peppadew peppers.
Tuna Salad Stuffed Peppers
Makes: 3 servings
- 1 (5-ounce) can water-packed tuna, drained
- 2 tablespoons olive oil mayonnaise
- 2 scallions (green onions), finely chopped
- 1 tablespoon Peppadew pepper pickling
- juice juice of ½ lemon
- 2 teaspoons fresh thyme
- 2 teaspoons Dijon-style mustard
- ¼ teaspoon black pepper salt
- 15 Peppadew peppers, drained
- Place tuna in a bowl and flake with a fork. Add mayonnaise, scallions, pickling juice, lemon juice, thyme, mustard, black pepper and a couple pinches salt to bowl and mix gently.
- Use a small spoon to gently stuff tuna salad into peppers.
Nutrition Facts (per serving): calories 215, fat 10 g, sodium 358 mg, carbs 17 g, fiber 2 g, sugar 12 g, protein 13 g
Swap It Out!
- Use canned salmon instead of tuna
- Replace mayo with Greek yogurt
- Switch out thyme for chopped basil
Mind Over Matter
Research shows that breaking your food into small pieces — like these bite-size stuffed peppers — creates an illusion that you are eating more than you are. This mind trick may help reduce appetite and overeating, making it easier to hold onto your abs.
What’s So Great About It
Great Catch: Convenient, ready-to-go canned tuna is an easy way to infuse snack time with hunger-quelling and muscle-building protein. But splurge on a tinned tuna from a smaller-scale company like Wild Planet, which packs sustainable, lower-contaminant and more nutrient-dense fish.
Hot stuff: Peppers like Peppadews obtain their fiery kick from capsaicin, a compound that may help you celebrate more birthdays by increasing longevity.