Why Tuna Makes A Great Snack To Satisfy Cravings

Move aside chips, crackers, and pretzels. We're making room for another savory snack item to line our pantries. Believe it or not, tuna (whether from a can or a pouch) is one of the most nutritious snack items to keep on hand, especially when you're in a pinch. Unlike many snack aisle items, tuna fish is void of empty calories and every bite packs a punch. According to Healthline, tuna is one of the more pure-protein food choices to have on hand. For every 3 ounces of cooked tuna (like yellowfin), you're consuming 25 grams of protein while only eating approximately 110 calories total.

In addition to having a high protein count, tuna is an excellent source of healthy omega-3 fatty acids. Necessary for the body, omega-3 fatty acids are an ideal source for producing hormones for the body and reducing inflammation (via Harvard Public School of Health). The Cleveland Clinic reports that albacore tuna can provide 1.5 grams of omega-3 fat for every 3 ounces eaten.

We know what you're thinking: "So, tuna is healthy, but how can it satisfy my snack cravings?" Tuna's versatility is so broad that this fish can serve as the base to satisfy any hankering that you may have.

Quick and easy tuna snacks for every craving

Whether it's grab-and-go or a recipe that elevates your tuna such as ones that utilize different spices, tuna fish can whip up an endless number of delicious snacks for a protein-packed pick-me-up.

If you're looking for something quick to pack in your work bag or a student's lunch box, look at food brands that have already done the work for you. Many tuna-based companies now offer flavored tuna options that fit any craving or food preference. Chicken of the Sea now offers a line called Infusions, which features favors like garlic and herb, basil, Thai chili, or lemon and thyme. Or you could try Starkist's Tuna Creations pouches that offer 16 different flavor options from sriracha to honey barbecue.

If you've got some time on your hands and are looking for a snack that will stand out, a can of tuna fish can go a long way. There are many different options such as whipping together tuna, eggs, and breadcrumbs for tuna croquettes. If you're craving a fresh crunch, try putting together tuna lettuce wraps for a satisfying snack.

As you can see, there's so much more to tuna than just a simple tuna fish sandwich. Get creative and give yourself a nice treat with a variety of tuna options for your next snack.