Weekend Sail (Tuna) Boat
If you can encourage your kids to eat fish at an early age—that habit is priceless! Offer the solid white tuna no more than once per week, due to higher mercury levels; however, levels in chunk light tuna are lower—kids can have this type of tuna more often.
INGREDIENTS | SERVES 4
- 2 white baking potatoes
- 12 ounces tuna packed in water
- 3 to 4 tablespoons low-fat mayonnaise
- 1 to 2 stalks celery
- Pepper, onion powder, and garlic powder to taste
- 4 pretzel rods
- 4 (1-inch) chunks of cheese, cut in a triangle shape
Wash potatoes, and poke with a fork in 6 different areas of the potato.
To cook the potato in the microwave, place paper towel inside microwave. Place potatoes on the paper towel. Cook on high power for 5 to 7 minutes, until potatoes are soft.
Allow potatoes to cool, and then slice them lengthwise in half.
Hollow out most of the potato. Reserve the inside of the potato for another dish.
Prepare tuna in a small mixing bowl, mashing, adding mayonnaise, celery, and seasonings.
Fill the potato with tuna salad.
To finish the boat, place the pretzel rod at one end of the potato. Place chunk of triangle cheese toward the back of the potato, and lean the pretzel rod against the cheese, forming a “sail.”
School Lunches—a Dilemma for Generations
Most schools in the United States are far behind in providing a healthful lunch— that children will eat. Additionally, as long as the chicken fingers or pizza are still available on the same day the grilled chicken sandwich is offered, what do you think kids will pick? Therefore, until the school budgets can afford to serve healthy items—across the board—this will not be the venue for children to create healthful habits. So, when packing a fun and healthy school lunch, it should contain the following items: Sandwich or entrée with protein, some form of crunchy vegetable in a zip-top bag, a fun/ healthy snack or two, a fruit serving, and a bottle of water.