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Today’s post is sponsored by the Hass Avocado Board for the American Heart Association through Kitchen PLAY. As always opinions are 100% my own. 

Mexican Tuna Stuffed Avocados mixes tuna, black beans, fresh vegetables, lime juice and spices to create an easy snack or lunch that is also heart healthy.

Mexican Tuna Stuffed Avocados mixes tuna, black beans, fresh vegetables, lime juice and spices to create a healthy and easy snack or lunch that is also heart healthy.

MEXICAN TUNA STUFFED AVOCADOS

Stuffed avocados are one of my favorite lunches or snacks. Avocados are a blank canvas that pairs wonderfully with a variety of ingredients, especially Mexican inspired flavors. These Mexican Tuna Stuffed Avocados use tuna fish mixed with black beans, tomatoes, red onion, red bell peppers, jalapeños, lime juice, cilantro and cumin to create a delicious Mexican-style tuna salad.

That tuna salad is then stuffed into each half of the avocado to create the perfect lunch or snack. They also make a great on-the-go meal. You can make your tuna salad ahead of time and then slice the avocado when you are ready to eat to ensure the avocado doesn’t brown.

Mexican Tuna Stuffed Avocados mixes tuna, black beans, fresh vegetables, lime juice and spices to create a healthy and easy snack or lunch that is also heart healthy.

Today’s Mexican Tuna Stuffed Avocados are in partnership with the Hass Avocado Board (HAB) and the American Heart Assocation for American Heart  month. HAB teamed up with the American Heart Association’s Healthy for Good movement designed to encourage Americans to add one more cup, 2 servings, of colorful fruits and vegetables to their diet every day. That is a movement I can get behind. My mom has a degree in nutrition so you can imagine what our meals looked like–lots of fruits, vegetables and other healthy foods. I grew up especially loving salads and all kinds of vegetables.

These Mexican Tuna Stuffed Avocados would be the perfect way to incorporate more vegetables into your diet. Fresh avocados are a heart-healthy fruit. They provide naturally good fats, are low in saturated fat, and are cholesterol- and sodium-free.  Avocados contain naturally good monounsaturated fat and are cholesterol free.

Naturally good fats are an important part of a healthy diet. Avocado contributes nearly 20 vitamins, minerals and beneficial plant compounds that can enhance the nutrient quality of the diet.  Avocados act as a “nutrient booster” by helping increase the absorption of fat-soluble nutrients like vitamins A, D, K and E, from foods that are eaten with the fruit.

Not only are these Mexican Tuna Stuffed Avocados delicious, they are heart healthy.  Have you been personally affected by heart disease? If you know someone who has suffered from heart disease, you know firsthand the importance of making healthy choices to take care of your heart. Did you know that heart disease is the leading cause of death for both men and women in the U.S.? About 610,000 Americans die from heart disease each year. The foods we eat can have an impact on our heart health.

Are you familiar with easy and creative recipes that incorporate Hass avocados and are heart-check certified? If not, be sure to visit Love One Today to learn more. This February, HAB and AHA are teaming up to host a recipe contest called Take Avocado to Heart. It will run from February 9-27, 2017.  The official hashtag is #addavocado and you can enter recipes in the categories of appetizer, entrée and dessert.  Recipe entries much adhere to the AHA nutrition criteria. The prizes are: Grand Prize: $1,000; 2nd Place: $500; 3rd Place: $250. Go to this link to enter the contest!

Mexican Tuna Stuffed Avocados mixes tuna, black beans, fresh vegetables, lime juice and spices to create a healthy and easy snack or lunch that is also heart healthy.

Mexican Tuna Stuffed Avocados are very customizable to your tastes. You can easily add a variety of other vegetables–any bell pepper you like, sweet corn, roasted red peppers, cheese and more. I love recipes that I can change up each time to keep things interesting and exciting.

My kids love helping me put this recipe together. It is a great way to get them involved in the kitchen and teach them about the importance of eating healthy and being aware of what we put in our body.

Mexican Tuna Stuffed Avocados mixes tuna, black beans, fresh vegetables, lime juice and spices to create a healthy and easy snack or lunch that is also heart healthy.

Mexican Tuna Stuffed Avocados

Yield: 8
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Total Time: 10 minutes

Mexican Tuna Stuffed Avocados mixes tuna, black beans, fresh vegetables, lime juice and spices to create an easy snack or lunch that is also heart healthy.

Ingredients

  • 4 fresh Hass avocados*, halved, pitted, peeled and sliced
  • 2 - 5 oz. cans of albacore tuna in water
  • ½ cup black beans, drained and rinsed
  • 1 medium tomato, diced (about 1 cup)
  • ¼ cup red onion, finely chopped
  • ½ red bell pepper, finely chopped {about 1/2 cup}
  • 1 jalapeño, seeds removed, diced {optional}
  • 2 Tbsp. fresh lime, juiced
  • ¼ cup fresh cilantro, chopped
  • 1 tsp. cumin
  • 1/8 tsp. crushed black pepper

Instructions

  1. In a medium mixing bowl combine the tuna, black beans, tomatoes, red onion, red bell pepper, jalapeño, lime juice, cilantro, cumin and pepper. Taste and add more spice to your liking.
  2. Cut each avocado in half and remove the pit. Using a small spoon scoop a larger hole in the middle of each avocado and add the flesh into the tuna mixture. Mix the avocado into the tuna mixture to combine.
  3. Use a ¼ cup measure to measure the Mexican Tuna Salad and scoop into a half of the avocado. Do this with the remaining halves of the avocado.
  4. Garnish with remaining cilantro

Notes

Serving Suggestion: Serve these Mexican Tuna Stuffed Avocados for lunch or a snack. They also make a great on-the-go meal. Keep the avocados intact and the tuna salad in a sealed Tupperware container in the refrigerator. Once you are ready to eat the Mexican Tuna Stuffed Avocados slice the avocados and scoop the tuna salad into each half.

Heart-Check Recipe Certification does not apply to serving suggestions unless expressly stated.

Nutrition Information Per Serving: Calories 240; Total Fat 16 g (Sat 2 g, Trans 0 g, Poly 2 g, Mono 11 g); Cholesterol 15 mg; Sodium 80 mg; Potassium 640 mg; Total Carbohydrate 14 g; Dietary Fiber 9 g; Sugars 2 g; Protein 12 g; Vitamin A 700 IU; Vitamin C 30 mg; Calcium 26 mg; Iron 1 mg; Vitamin D 0 IU; Folate 100 mcg. 

% Daily Value: Vitamin A 15%; Vitamin C 50%; Calcium 2%; Iron 0%

Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 Calorie diet. Your Daily Values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.

*Note: Large avocados are recommended for this recipe. A large avocado averages about 8 ounces. If using smaller or larger size avocados, adjust the quantity accordingly.

 

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Today’s post is sponsored by the Hass Avocado Board for the American Heart Association through Kitchen PLAY.  As always opinions are 100% my own. 

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