KETO LOW-CARB TUNA SPRING ROLLS (HEART HEALTHY)
Keto Low-Carb Tuna Spring Rolls taste fabulous in rice paper! Yes rice paper.
A few years ago I offered to prepare all the hors d’oeuvres for my girlfriend’s wedding and all the morsels paired with different wines. That was my career back then, pairing wine with food for TV, columns, and keynotes. For the wedding, I made gourmet pizzas, small bundles, and finger foods highlighting a variety of specialty cheeses. After preparing all the items I just felt I didn’t have enough food for the guests. I went into my cupboard and spotted some rice wrappers and tuna. I pulled out the fresh greens from the refrigerator. I put together a tray of Tuna and Wasabi Salad Spring Rolls.
Interestingly the tuna rolls were the first to be devoured. I learned a valuable entertaining lesson that day. Keep things simple. Think comfort foods. From this day forward I have been preparing these spring rolls for home.
IS RICE PAPER HIGH IN CARBOHYDRATES?
You can prepare these Keto Low-Carb Tuna Spring Rolls with real rice paper. Before writing this blog, I went to our local supermarket as well as our local Asian market to check out the net carbs on the various rice paper brands. Net carbs per paper can range from 14 grams to 25 grams. Super high for such a delicate ingredient that definitely won’t fill up your tummy. Normally, I would not recommend consuming rice paper for this reason. But I found the Blue Dragon brand. Their papers are 7 grams of net carbs. Less than half of many. So, I was excited to try them. This rice paper is easy to use, tough for rolling, delicate in taste. Ideal.
WHAT IS THE NUTRITIONAL VALUE OF RICE PAPER?
Obviously, the nutritional value of rice paper will depend on the brand. The Blue Dragon rice paper is 0 fat, 14 grams of carbs per 2 papers (7 net carbs each), and 0.2 grams of protein. The nutrition of spring rolls really depends on the filling. In this recipe, we use canned tuna.
Tuna is a rich source of protein, vitamins, and minerals that are essential for good health. A single can of tuna contains about 20 grams of protein, which is about 40% of the recommended daily intake for an average adult. It is also low in fat, making it an ideal food for those who are watching their weight. In terms of vitamins and minerals, canned tuna is particularly rich in vitamin D, vitamin B12, and selenium. Vitamin D is important for bone health and helps the body absorb calcium, while vitamin B12 is essential for the production of red blood cells. Selenium is a powerful antioxidant that helps protect cells from damage. It is worth noting that not all canned tuna is created equal. Some brands may contain higher levels of mercury, which can be harmful in large amounts. It is recommended that pregnant women and young children limit their consumption of canned tuna and choose brands that are lower in mercury. Canned tuna can be a healthy and convenient addition to a balanced diet. It is a good source of protein and essential vitamins and minerals, but it is important to choose brands that are low in mercury.
WHAT CAN I USE INSTEAD OF RICE PAPER?
If you cannot find low-carb rice paper or prefer not to include any grains in your Keto lifestyle, even if the paper is low-carb, then you have a choice of other wrapper options.
- Boiled green cabbage
- Layered zucchini slices
- Seaweed paper (Nori)
- Boston lettuce
WHAT WINE HARMONIZES WITH KETO LOW-CARB TUNA SPRING ROLLS?
The predominant taste and flavor sensations of these rolls are fattiness from the mayo, heat from the wasabi, and saltiness from the coconut aminos. Choose a wine good acidity to match. Choose a light, fruity white wine like Sauvignon Blanc, Pinot Gris, Pinot Grigio, Chenin Blanc, or Vinho Verde. The wine’s light nature will complement the light nature of rice paper and tuna. The wine’s acidity will nicely offset the coconut aminos or soy sauce. If the wasabi is too hot, you’ll need a wine with sweetness. In this case add a pinch of stevia to your wine glass. The wine’s new sweetness will nicely offset that wasabi heat.
*Wine Tips: To support your Keto diet or low-carb lifestyle, choose low-carb, low-sugar, and low-alcohol wines that are free of additives and artificial coloring. Include your wine carb macros as part of your meal. Remember, your liver will process alcohol before nutrients, pausing ketone creation and slowing the ketosis process. Your body will also metabolize alcohol as fuel before using food. This can slow fat burning and may cause your body to store carbs, fat, and protein as excess body fat. Alcohol consumption also stimulates the appetite. So, drink low-sugar, low-carb, and low alcohol wines in moderation.
WHAT KETO LOW-CARB RECIPES CAN I ENJOY?
WHAT IS SHARI MAC’S PRODUCT RECOMMENDATION FOR YOUR KETO LOW-CARB DIET?
I’m a huge fan of the Ninja products. In the past, I’ve gone through a counter-top convection oven every couple of years. This Ninja 1800-watt oven is a work horse! It is a must for me to support my Keto diet. Since buying this Ninja I have not turned on my oven in months! Amazing in the summer! No heat in the kitchen from the traditional oven. I use the air-fryer for all our proteins every day. All my air-fried favorites have less bad saturated fat and therefore fewer calories. I cut chicken breasts in half, horizontally, and air-fry them for 20 minutes. You can set the temperature and timer for all sorts of foods and walk away from the kitchen. The machine will shut off automatically at the right time. My proteins are crispy on the outside and super juicy