Run Oregon Test Kitchen: Safe Catch Tuna – great for healthy snacks on the go


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, Safe Catch is 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.

And pairing up for them up with crackers in their new snack pack is really a perfect option. My guess is most of us don’t prefer tuna straight out of a pack / can, so its unlikely we are taking this protein-heavy snack on the go that often. But toss in a few crackers alongside some flavored tuna (Garlic Herb, Spicy, Lemon Pepper) and you have me sold. Obviously this makes it extremely packable and a great option for tossing in a running back or backpack for on-the-go snacking.

An 8-pack will run ~$26 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.

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Matt Rasmussen lives in Keizer, Ore. with his wife and three daughters. He enjoys watching hockey, going to as many breweries (618) and wineries (152) as he can, 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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