Run Oregon Test Kitchen: Awesome Oatsome & Safe Catch Tuna

At the current moment in my life I am not drinking a lot of milk by the glass, nor eating much cereal. My milk-intake is generally in the form of smoothie concoctions each morning. A few years ago, I sort of lost my affinity for cow-based milk. No, though there are environmental benefits, this decision was not for that reason, nor because I experienced any lactose-averse effects. Honestly, I couldn’t even tell you why, but I just found myself gravitating to more plant-based milk options. Within the past year, I have found that oat milk seems to be a sweet spot, and so checking out Oatsome Organic Oat Milk has really been a treat.

First note: I am not personally opposed to really any sort of milk – and I am not a judgy person. Drink cow, almond, soy – whatever. We tried the “Barista” version – and it’s an appropriate name. I used this in my morning coffee and utilizing a frother created a really nice, made at home, latte. It also does really well as the base for a fruit smoothie. It definitely takes on a creamier feel than other milk products.

In addition to the Barista and Original versions, Oatsome also has other options like chocolate, and coffee creamers. They have a ton of great recipes on their site for inspiration.


I love tuna. It’s a weird thing to love really – something that I attribute to growing up and making weird new concoctions with my dad. One of my favorites we came up with was tuna, mayo, sweet relish, Worcestershire sauce, and dill. Sounds weird on paper, but good in the mouth (in my biased opinion).

Another thing I remember about tuna growing up was just how they were packaged. In the 90’s I am not sure a ton of thought went into making tuna much more than shoving ground up fish into a 3 ounce tin with oil. I’m not saying there is anything wrong with that, but now that we are here in the 2020’s, and I’m a little older and more cognizant of what I put in my body, I am generally looking for something a little more healthy. Safe Catch Tuna provides just that.

First and foremost, these 3 ounce packages are a little more boujie than canned tuna. Perhaps that is not your cup of tea, but I like that the fist is Mercury tested (to a level 10x lower than the FDA action limit), caught sustainably, and has no additives or fillers – its just pure tuna! Even the American Pregnancy Association endorses this tuna (the only kind they do endorse).

The taste, to me, is better as a result of their commitment to quality fish with sashimi grade tuna steaks instead of additives and other junk. I didn’t know this, but the way that Industrial Tuna is made is via cooking first on racks, refreezing, thawing, machine packing (i.e. adding fillers), then cooking a second time. Yeesh. These hand-packed pouches definitely seem the way to go, and the taste makes these a home run.

A 12-pack will run ~$36 which is a fair amount compared to mass produced options. But, considering that I don’t eat tuna every single day, makes this much more in line – especially considering the benefits of the product. It’s also extremely packable, making it a great option for tossing in a running back or backpack for on-the-go snacking.

About Matt Rasmussen (1599 Articles)
Matt Rasmussen lives in Keizer, Ore. with his wife and three daughters. He enjoys watching the Olympics, sampling craft beers, and all things Canada (he was born there). Matt was raised as a baseball player and officially transitioned over to running in 2010.

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