You’ve probably heard that eating foods rich in Omega 3s is vital for pregnant women, kids and anyone seeking healthy hair, skin, eyes, heart, and neural development. What you may not know is that plant based Omega 3s (called ALA) are not the same as marine sources of Omega 3s (EPA and DHA), like those found in Safe Catch Seafood.
The EPA and DHA found in fish is what provides the health benefits. Studies show that less than 1% of the ALA in plants converts to the vital EPA and DHA. Not all Omega 3s are the same!
So, fish is really important for getting the good EPA and DHA Omega 3s, but what about mercury? Many doctors warn women ages 18-40 and kids to limit tuna and seafood consumption. But, the new guidance from the FDA and EPA says the bigger risk is not eating enough seafood due to its many nutrients, Omega 3s and health benefits. The EPA and FDA guidance does say the best purity fish for pregnant women have mercury below a really strict standard of 0.15 parts per million.
Well, we are happy to tell you about a company called Safe Catch that has solved the mercury problem in salmon and tuna and created a more nutritious product with less processing. Safe Catch invented technology to test every single fish to really strict mercury limits and they are the only brand that tests each fish. About one out of three fish do not pass Safe Catch strict mercury limits and their average for Safe Catch Elite Tuna is about 5 times lower the best level set by the FDA for pregnant women!
Safe Catch has designed a specialty canned tuna and canned salmon that is 100% safe for pregnant women and everyone plus, tastes better and has more nutrients due to less processing! Great for kids and even babies when first introducing finger foods. Did you know that salmon is a wonderful and healthy finger food for babies too? Dr. Bob Sears recommends introducing salmon to babies around 9-12 months of age.
Safe Catch is the ONLY brand that tests every single fish for mercury, and their product is an average of 20x lower in mercury than the FDA standard!!
While other varieties of canned seafood lose their Omega-3 potency during processing, Safe Catch hand cuts and packs their product. Using their artisan cooking process, Safe Catch’s fish retains all oils and nutrients– the stuff that is good for you AND baby (so don’t dump the juices in their cans! Eat it!).
This is such a huge advantage for moms who want to make nutrition a priority, without having to spend a ton of time preparing their meals. The FDA suggests pregnant women and children be especially mindful of seafood consumption, choosing low mercury options, and getting 2-3 servings of fish per week (FDA, 2017). Safe Catch gives you the ability to create delicious meals that are healthy and quick, which us busy moms need!
Try some of these great recipes and let us know what your favorite Safe Catch recipe is!
Mediterranean Tuna Salad
- 1 can of Safe Catch Tuna
- 1 cucumber cubed
- ½ red bell pepper chopped
- 1 cup of combined kalamata olives, green olives, feta cheese and olive oil mixed together
- ½ fresh squeezed lemon
- Butter lettuce and/or Avocado for serving
- I recommend getting the olive combination at the olive bar at your local grocery store – many grocers will have this combo premade.
- In a large bowl, mix together the Safe Catch Tuna, cucumber, olive mixture and chopped bell pepper
- Squeeze the lemon juice from the lemon into the bowl
- Mix well
- Serve onto of butter lettuce or avocado
Refreshing Tuna Salad
- 1 can or 1 pouch of Safe Catch Tuna
- ¼ cup of mayo
- ¼ cup of chopped celery
- 2 tbsp chopped green onion
- Sprinkle of Cayenne Pepper (or whatever spice you prefer)
- Salt and Pepper
- I recommend using organic avocado mayo
- In a large bowl, mix together the Safe Catch Tuna, mayo, chopped celery, green onion, cayenne pepper or whatever spices you prefer
- Add salt and pepper to taste
- Serve on butter lettuce and/or avocado
Tuna Veggie Casserole
- 1 can of Safe Catch Tuna
- 1 small zucchini chopped
- ¼ cup chopped celery
- ¼ cup of chopped yellow onion
- 6 oz frozen rice cauliflower
- 3-5 cloves of garlic peeled and diced
- 1 tbsp chopped chives
- ½ tsp sea salt
- 1 tbsp organic mustard
- ¼ tsp garlic powder
- ¼ tsp black pepper
- ¼ tsp chili pepper
- ¼ tsp mustard powder
- 1 tbsp avocado or coconut oil
- 1 tbsp organic butter
- ¼ cup heavy cream or coconut cream
- 2 tbsp coconut flour
- In a skillet, sauté the garlic, chopped onion, spices, butter, and avocado or coconut oil for approx. 5 minutes
- Preheat your oven to 350 degrees
- In an 8×8 baking dish mix together half of your chopped zucchini, riced cauliflower, can of Safe Catch Tuna, mustard and chopped celery
- Add cream and mix well
- Add the ingredients from your skillet, mix well
- Sprinkle in 2 tbsp coconut flour, mix well
- Put the rest of your zucchini on top along with the chives
- Bake for 30-40 minutes or until done
FDA. Eating Fish: what pregnant women and parents should know. January 2017. https://www.fda.gov/downloads/Food/FoodborneIllnessContaminants/Metals/UCM537120.pdf
Bose-O’Reilly, S., McCarty, K. M., Steckling, N., & Lettmeier, B. (2010). Mercury Exposure and Children’s Health. Current Problems in Pediatric and Adolescent Health Care, 40(8), 186–215. http://doi.org/10.1016/j.cppeds.2010.07.002
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