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Out of This World Kids Lunchbox Tuna Salad (Dairy-Free)

Is there anything better than a fresh tuna salad for lunch? Sure it’s not the typical lunchtime fare you see at most cafeterias, but I’ll tell you this. My recipe beats those by a long shot. Just have a look at the nutritional profile and you’ll see.

Tuna Salad Lunch for Kids

Refined sugar tastes good at first, but there’s almost always a ‘crash’ a couple of hours after. This means having to boost your energy again with more sugar, and another crash thereafter. It’s an endless cycle that doesn’t really bode well for anyone in the long run, not to mention it can be exhausting to have unstable energy levels throughout the day.

if your kids have trouble staying awake during their afternoon classes, it could be because of a sub-optimal lunch. Instead of letting them have whatever is available at the cafeteria, try making it standard practice to pack them a nutritious lunch from home instead.

Out of This World Kids Lunchbox Tuna Salad

Out of This World Kids Lunchbox Tuna Salad

The Wonders of Canned Tuna

When you think of a gourmet meal, you probably won’t think of canned tuna right off the bat. And who can blame you? It’s not the tastiest of proteins and for some, the smell of fish can be a little off-putting, but it’s extremely nutritious and contains omega-3 fatty acids which have been shown to promote cardiovascular health. It contains protein as well, which when broken down, serve as the body’s building blocks for skin, connective tissue, muscle, and many more.

Out of This World Kids Lunchbox Tuna Salad

To dress up your tuna, you’re going to be adding mayonnaise. There are plenty of mayonnaise options available. You could even go with homemade mayonnaise if you’d care to make some from scratch The mayonnaise in this recipe helps add flavor and to also slow down digestion, promoting satiety and sustained energy release. It contains healthy fats as well, just be sure to avoid the highly-processed, hydrogenated kind.

Now, mayonnaise and tuna go great together. But you want to add some zing to it, and for that, you’re going to want to add some fresh celery and sweet pickle relish. A little goes a long way for these ingredients, so add a little at a time so as not to overpower the other flavors.

This healthy lunch takes less than 5-minutes to throw together. The hard part is opening the can of tuna and chopping up the celery. Yup, that’s it. One all the ingredients are prepped, all that’s left to do is mix them all up and transfer to containers. For best results, refrigerate while waiting for lunch time (if they have one at school) and eat slightly chilled.

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The Best Sandwich-Free Keto Lunch Bento Box for Kids (Love this!)
How to Make the Best Paleo Meatballs for a Tasty Kids Lunch
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Out of This World Kids Lunchbox Tuna Salad

Out of This World Kids Lunchbox Tuna Salad



  • 1 (6 ounces) can tuna packed in water, drained
  • 4 tbsp mayonnaise
  • 2 ½ tbsp sweet pickle relish
  • 1 celery stalk, diced
  • salt and black pepper to taste


  1. In a small mixing bowl break up the tuna with a fork.
  2. Add the remaining ingredients and mix to combine.
  3. Season to taste with salt and black pepper.


  • Serving Size: 1

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