You may have noticed the variety of canned tuna products that are now available in grocery stores but have you ever tried Clover Leaf tuna salad kits?
As dietitians, we are always trying to encourage people to eat fish twice a week according to Health Canada guidelines. However, I know that people can be intimidated to cook fish, or they don’t like the smell or it’s one of those foods that does not do well as leftovers.
I have to admit, I’ve seen the small tins of flavoured Clover Leaf tuna salad in the grocery store for quite some time but never had the desire to pick one up. They are smaller in size and more expensive than the plain flake light tuna that I usually buy. However, when I received one in a post-race kit from an event I attended, I was quite impressed. The Clover Leaf tuna salad kit comes with a small tin of tuna salad, a pack of crackers, a small spoon and a napkin. But the lid (which I didn’t realize before) is a thin piece of foil which is easy to peel off (and has no sharp edges) which makes it a great option for picnics or to pack in a lunchbox.
I also recently attended a nutrition conference that stressed the importance of including protein at meals and snacks. The fact that the canned tuna salad doesn’t have to be kept refrigerated before opening makes it a safe source of protein to pack on the go.
Clover Leaf Tuna Salad Kits can be found in most major grocery stores and cost around $2.49. They come in a wide variety of flavours. For people, who find fish intimating or too challenging to cook, this can be is a great first step. Quick, easy and convenient, it might just open the door to other ways of adding more fish and seafood into their diet. It has just the right amount to use in a sandwich, on top of a salad or with a small pack of crackers.
I still can’t believe that this product was right under my nose the entire time and I never gave it a chance. When I want to branch out from my usual plain flaked light tuna routine, I’ll pick up a couple of these to keep in my pantry (they often go on sale).
Now I know that the topic of mercury in fish is bound to come up (especially with canned tuna because it’s something that people eat quite often). In fact, I wrote an article about mercury in canned tuna. The Clover Leaf website also has a resource for dietitians called Seafood for Life – Understanding the benefits for optimal health that offers some great insight.
But nevertheless, I was still so impressed with this product that I asked Clover Leaf to provide me with samples that I could send out to my product review club. I’m curious to see what other people think of them.
Interested members had the opportunity to review Clover Leaf – Lemon & Pepper tuna salad kits. Check out what they thought in the comments below.