Minus the Mercury: 4 Healthier Alternatives to Canned Tuna

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Thanks to concerns about tuna’s high mercury levels and unsustainable fishing practices, the carefree days of eating lots of tuna fish sandwiches for lunch are over. But if you are missing the quick, tasty and economical meals canned tuna provides, we have a few excellent alternatives — including one vegetarian option.

• 1 Smoked trout: Canned smoked trout is a great substitute for canned tuna, whether mashed up with mayonnaise and lemon juice or flaked over a green salad. It is especially good tossed with thinly sliced cabbage.

Recipe to try: Smoked Trout & Cabbage Salad at Eat Your Greens

2 Canned sardines: Sustainable and full of healthy omega-3 fatty acids, sardines are one of the few fish we can and should be eating regularly. 

Recipe to tryCilantro-Lime Sardine Salad in Avocado Halves at The Kitchn

3 Canned salmon: Canned salmon is lower in mercury than canned tuna and can be mixed into burgers, croquettes, pasta and quiche.

4 Chickpeas: Or you can skip fish altogether and make a vegetarian spin on tuna salad with a can of chickpeas.

Recipe: Chickpea of the Sea at The Kitchn

What are your favorite alternatives to canned tuna?