Recently, I had a chance to test try Starkist pouches in some great new flavors. Not only do they come in tuna but they also come in salmon. As a mega salmon eater, I was seriously looking forward to trying out the Starkist Salmon Creations Pouch Line. I could eat tuna every single day of my life and probably never get tired of it, but salmon, that’s a different story. As much as I love salmon, the only way I will eat it is grilled. So I was really looking forward to trying out the salmon line. Needless to say, I wasn’t disappointed!
For the health conscious, you already know the importance of eating tuna and salmon. They provide the DHA Omega-3 fatty acids that are essential for reducing certain risk factors for illnesses like heart disease,high cholesterol and high blood pressure, rheumatoid arthritis, ADHD, asthma, depression, dementia and Alzheimer’s. With all these benefits why wouldn’t you want to eat more salmon and tuna right?
So now that we’ve established my love of tuna and (grilled) salmon and their health benefits, it’s time to get on with the reviews. I received the following pouches to review:
Starkist Tuna Creations in Sweet and Spicy
Starkist Tuna Creations in Hot Buffalo Style (New)
Starkist Salmon Creations in Lemon Dill (New)
Starkist Salmon Creations in Mango Chipotle (New)
Starkist Salmon Creations Pink Salmon in Water
Starkist Kid’s Creations in Bacon Ranch (New)
Starkist Kid’s Creations in Honey BBQ (New)
For the most part, the salmon and tuna creations were tested straight out of the package and not used in any recipes. Although the Starkist pouches were sent to me, all reviews are completely and 100% my own.
Starkist Tuna Creations in Sweet and Spicy: Not too sweet and not too spicy, a perfect combination of the two! This one definitely would make a super yummy addition to an Asian salad instead of chicken. The 2.6 oz has 90 calories and 16 grams of protein.
Starkist Tuna Creations in Hot Buffalo Style: Probably my hands down favorite of the lot! This pouch eliminates the need for mayonnaise while still keeping the not too hot taste that I love since my tuna always has hot sauce on it! The 2.6 oz has 70 calories with 15 grams of protein.
Starkist Salmon Creations in Lemon Dill: Open the package and it hits you with lemons but in a good way. With every bite there’s no doubt about the flavor but it’s not sour puckering at all. The dill is there too but not too much. The best part? The pouch actually has lemon juice in it so you could add it to a simple salad and have a ready made dressing. The 2.6 oz has 90 lemony good calories and 14 grams of protein.
Starkist Salmon Creations in Mango Chipotle: Probably my least favorite of the pouches. While the thought of mango and chipotle together sounds great with salmon, it was just not enough. The chipotle flavor was there but just not enough and the mango flavor was a sweetness that tasted sugary sweet, not mango sweet. The 2.6 oz has 80 calories and 13 grams of protein.
Starkist Salmon Creations Pink Salmon in Water: Definitely fresh tasting like the package states but unless you absolutely love 100% wild caught pink salmon with no additional flavoring or oils, this isn’t the pouch for you. Instead of eating it straight out of the package I mixed it up and made the salad that was on the package; a Tropical Salmon Salad which was awesome! The 2.6 oz pouch has 70 calories and 15 grams.
I was a bit hesitant to try any of the kid’s creations just because I feel that some companies use all these new ‘fangled’ flavors to get kids to eat their products but the kids don’t ever actually appreciate the true flavors that gets hidden underneath. With that said the Starkist Kid’s Creations were a totally different story.
Starkist Kid’s Creations in Honey BBQ: Had just the right amount of tanginess and sweetness that was neither overpowering or cloying. Pack this in your child’s lunch with some crackers and he’s got a super yummy lunch on his hands! The 2.6 oz puch has 90 calories and 14 grams of fat.
Starkist Kid’s Creations in Bacon Ranch: Surprise! This pouch wasn’t superly ranch tasting and the bacon was just enough that it didn’t make the tuna saltier than it can be! So thumbs up! The 2.6 oz pouch has 110 calories and 14 grams of poriten.
All in all, the Starkist Tuna and Salmon pouches make great alternatives to high fat, high calories fast food lunches that so many of us turn to in a hurry. Since they don’t need refrigetating, you can easily buy them in advance and stash them in your office drawer, locker or tote. To learn more about Starkist and all of their products as well as benefits of seafood and staying healthy visit http://starkist.com/.
Stay tuned for recipes from Starkist!