Healthier Tuna Mayo Pockets

Prep Time:5 mins, Cook Time: 2 mins, Total Time: 7 mins

March 13, 2014

Eat Your Veg | Healthier Tuna Mayo Pockets

I’ve been working at my local school lately, helping deliver a series of healthier eating and cooking sessions to Key Stage 1 and 2 children. The five to seven year olds in Key Stage 1 are amidst a project looking at how to make their lunchboxes healthier, from sandwiches and snacks through to healthier bakes, cakes and drinks. On the final week before Easter they’ll each get to make and assemble their own lunchbox from scratch including all the favourites from each of the sessions. Lovely project eh?

Last week we focused on Healthier Sandwiches, Wraps and Pitta Pockets and I took in four different made up sandwiches for the children to blind taste and decipher their contents. Some easier than others and all used a few unfamiliar ingredients to turn up in sandwiches including avocado, spinach leaves, re-fried beans, courgette, raisins, grated carrot and apple, hummus, red peppers and spring onions. A great fun afternoon was had by all and I was genuinely blown away by the adventurousness of most of the children who literally scoffed the lot, including all my extra salad ‘taster’ ingredients. Believe me I’ve never known children fight over lettuce before!.

Over the next few weeks I plan to post all the recipes used in the sessions, so bare with me there may be quite a few!. Beginning today with my Healthier Tuna Mayo mix. Most kids love tuna mayonnaise and it’s a very easy mixture to bulk out with lots of extra goodies, I regularly add grated courgette, finely chopped pepper, sweetcorn and spring onions. Cucumber, celery, tomatoes, grated carrot or very finely shredded raw spinach also work too. The mixture can be used as a sandwich filling, pitta pocket filler or in a wrap. Or even in a hot toasted sandwich or a quesadilla with a little grated cheddar for a healthier tuna melt, all the rage with my kids at the moment!. A great filling for jacket spuds too. For added fibre try to only use wholemeal, seeded or granary breads.

Eat Your Veg | Healthier Tuna Mayonnaise

I’m entering my healthier tuna mayo to a couple of challenges:

1) To Four Seasons Food which I host with Anneli over at Delicieux. This month I’m hosting and our theme for March is ‘Something Fishy’, you guessed it we’re asking for your Fish or Seafood recipes and there’s even a very special prize for the winning post from the generous folks at Fish is the Dish.

2) To Family Foodies, which I co-host with Vanesther at Bangers and Mash. This month Vanesther’s hosting and she choose a great theme of Fab Fast Food, family meals made in under 30 minutes. Admittedly Tuna Mayo isn’t exactly a meal but it’s gets made pretty often in our house for a made-in-minutes dinner either stuffed into wholemeal pitta pockets, (microwave) jacket potatoes or with a little cheese in a quesadilla.

Tuna Mayo Challenge Logos

The Good Stuff:

Tuna, Spring Onions, Courgette, Red Pepper, Sweetcorn,

Great For:

Toddlers, Pre-Schoolers, Big Kids, Grown Ups, Lunches, Packed Lunches, Picnics, After-School Snacks, Sandwich Fillings, Wraps, Pitta Pockets, Jacket Potatoes, Quesadillas, Toasted Sandwiches


Vary your salad or veggie ingredients as to what you have in, just chop finely or grate for added disguise.

Special Equipment:


Healthier Tuna Mayo Pockets

Ingredients Prep Time:5 mins, Cook Time: 2 mins, Total Time: 7 mins

Healthier Tuna Mayo MIx, enough to make 4 big sandwiches:
1 tin tuna in spring water, drained
2 spring onions, finely sliced
⅓ courgette, grated
¼ red pepper, very finely chopped
2 heaped tablespoons sweetcorn kernels
1 heaped tablespoon light mayonnaise
pinch black pepper
squeeze lemon juice, optional

To Serve: Wholemeal Pitta Bread OR Wholemeal/Granary/Seeded Bread
Shredded lettuce, sliced tomatoes

1) Mix up all the ingredients
2) Lightly toast the pitta breads if using, halve and open up the middle
3) Stuff the pocket with the tuna mix and plenty of crunchy lettuce and a slice or two of tomato OR fill a sandwich with the same
Scoff and enjoy!

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27 thoughts on “Healthier Tuna Mayo Pockets

  1. Vanesther - Bangers & Mash

    Tuna and mayo is one of my girls’ favourite fillings – they’ll love your version with all the extra healthy additions. Definitely on next week’s meal plan. Perfect entry for this month’s Fab Fast Food on #FamilyFoodies 🙂

  2. Tina @ The Spicy Pear

    It is good that kids today are more aware of adopting healthy eating habits and are involved in making healthier sandwiches and treats for their lunch boxes. Sounds like you’re doing a fab job at the school. Must be fulfilling too.

  3. Corina

    It sounds like the work in the school was a lot of fun and I love all the extra vegetables stuffed into these. One thing I haven’t tried is grating courgette in so that’s something I’m going to have a go at.

    1. Louisa

      Thanks Chocolette, it’s a plate my Mum found for me recently. It’s super cute isn’t it?!. One of the great things about being a foodie blogger is so many people seem to be on the lookout for props for me, getting quite a collection.

    1. Louisa

      Oh no a tuna dissenter! I always hated tuna beyond belief until I was mid 20s then for some reason suddenly loved it. And my kids do too, which is lucky for easy sandwiches.



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