Bread-free tuna sandwich

No-bread tuna sandwich1 Just in time for spring – a great little tuna sandwich without the bread! Take your favorite kind of apple, rinse well, and make a series of thin slices – directly through the core. The seeds pop out and leave a beautiful star pattern.

Pack St Jude tuna salad between two slices. For our tuna salad, we mixed one can of original St Jude with about a half  teaspoon of mayonnaise. Mash well.

The bread-free sandwich makes a great lunch or appetizer, especially if you slice the sandwiches into halves or quarters.

Let us know your thoughts about other alternatives to bread for your next tuna sandwich!

Photo courtesy of D. Olsen




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Not so micro

800px-Sushi-fish_eggs-MoscowThe microbeads in so many popular facial scrubs just happen to resemble miniature fish eggs. People scrub their skin with the cleansers, rinse, and the beads go down the drain, adding to global pollution of oceans, lakes and rivers and also harming marine life and entering the food chain.

Neil McMahon for the Sydney Morning Herald:

“Tiny and buoyant, and not filtered by sewerage systems, they are swiftly ingestible by marine life, making them more immediately dangerous than a discarded drink bottle. They are likely to have entered the food chain – so while you wouldn’t eat your facial scrub from the jar, you might be consuming it if you eat fish.” Studies show the discarded plastics have been detected in the Great Lakes and other waterways, leading to a call for bans.

A professor of dermatology reports the scrubs do little to help the skin and may even be harmful.

The good news: Cosmetic manufacturers are responding quickly, with many saying the beads will be phased out within five years.

Photo of fish eggs with sushi, courtesy of Lord Mountbatten and Wikimedia Commons.

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Waste not

800px-Trawler_BaldvinOld sayings are repeated because they are so true, and one of our favorites is, “Waste not, want not.”

Zoe Mintz of International Business Times reports on the nine fisheries that waste almost a half billion seafood meals each year with unused bycatch. “Depending on the type of fishing gear used, fishermen tend to catch everything from dolphins to sea turtles and sharks,” Mintz reports. “These inadvertent catches are usually thrown overboard and tend to be injured, dead or dying.”

She adds: “The majority of bycatch tends to come from open ocean trawl, longline and gillnet fisheries. Researchers estimate that 20 percent of what fishermen catch in the U.S. is thrown away each year. This amounts to 2 billion pounds of wasted seafood.”

We’re proud to say that no tuna is on the list, and certainly not St Jude Tuna, which is troll-caught, with individual hook and line, targeting only albacore.

fishing-vessel-st-judeThe wasteful fisheries according to the nonprofit conservation group Oceana:

Southeast Snapper-Grouper Longline Fishery, California Set Gillnet Fishery, Southeast Shrimp Trawl Fishery, California Drift Gillnet Fishery, Gulf of Alaska Flatfish Trawl Fishery, Northeast Bottom Trawl, Mid-Atlantic Bottom Trawl Fishery Atlantic Highly Migratory Species Longline Fishery, and the New England and Mid-Atlantic Gillnet Fishery.

Dominique Cano-Stocco of Oceana contends that “bycatch is a waste of our ocean resources.”

Ask how your seafood supplier about fishing methods used, and let them know you care. And remember, trolling is not trawling. Vessels that trawl are massive next to those that troll. St. Jude tuna is troll-caught and the wasteful fisheries are often trawlers. Consumers can help by not making purchases from wasteful fisheries.

Photo of factory trawler is courtesy of Garitzko and Wikimedia Commons.

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Brain food

BrainAlbacore tuna is rich in omega-3 fatty acids. Adding foods that are rich in the omega-3 fatty acids can protect the aging brain, suggests a new study, as reported by Alice G. Walton in Forbes.

Researchers at the University of South Dakota looked at 1,100 women. “It turned out that women who had the highest levels of the fatty acids in their red blood cells had greater overall brain volume than women with the lowest,” Walton writes. “They also had greater volume in the hippocampus – about 2.7% greater – than women with the lowest levels. The hippocampus is the brain area that’s thought to be the seat of learning and memory, and the one most affected by Alzheimer’s disease.”

One recommendation for adults is to eat non-fried fish rich in omega-3 fatty acids twice a week and that includes salmon, herring and tuna.

WebMD offers a fact sheet on these essential nutrients:

– They can help lower blood pressure and may help relieve other conditions including rheumatoid arthritis or depression.

– They may help reduce inflammation.

– Supplements may cause blood to thin.

– There are several types, but two, EPA and DHA. are found in oily fish like salmon and tuna and algae. “Plants like flax contain ALA, an omega acid that is partially converted into DHA and EPA in the body. ”

Omega-3 – it’s on the St Jude Tuna label. What we eat affects our quality of life not just today but years into the future.


Image of human brain, courtesy of the National Institute for Aging, National Institutes of Heath, United States Department of Health and Human Services, and Wikimedia.


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One planet’s water

The sight of a 40-foot tall rubber duck gently floating along the three rivers that surround the city of Pittsburgh drew crowds looking for fun.

But the duck has a serious message too. Artist Florentjin Hofman described the duck as a global ambassador, reports Jeffrey Marlow for Wired: ““We are living on one planet,” he told WESA Pittsburgh, “and all the waters in the world become our global bathtub, so we are one family where we have to take care of each other in this bathtub of the rubber duck.” Be sure to check out Marlow’s photos, too.

The artist’s website notes: “The Rubber Duck knows no frontiers, it doesn’t discriminate people and doesn’t have a political connotation. The friendly, floating Rubber Duck has healing properties: it can relieve mondial tensions as well as define them. The rubber duck is soft, friendly and suitable for all ages!”

With the huge sculptures, Hofman not only seeks reactions from audiences, but also,makes them part of his work.  “An encounter with one of Hofman’s extraordinary sculptures invites us to stand still for a moment and to look; to really look and to take a picture if you like,” notes his bio. “Hofman: ‘My sculptures cause an uproar, astonishment and put a smile on your face. They give people a break from their daily routines. Passers-by stop in front of them, get off their bicycle and enter into conversation with other spectators. People are making contact with each other again.'”

The duck headed off to Taipai, where sadly an earthquake led to deflation.

So true.  The duck is said to pop up in cities, previously in Auckland and Hong Kong. Lucky Pittsburgh was the US debut, and maybe the duck will make its way to Seattle soon ….

Photo, courtesy of Joe Froetschel – and be sure to check out the photos from Hofman.

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Cool down

Summer is here. So be sure to have plenty of cans of St Jude tuna on hand for the rest of summer – for easy, healthy dinners on those hot nights when you don’t feel like turning on the oven. And here is one of our favorite recipes:

Summer Salad

1 can St Jude Tuna
small watermelon
light lemon vinegaratte

Eat, play and relax.

Photo courtesy of Steve Evans and Wikimedia Commons.

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Ultimate health

ImageSummer is just around the corner … and dandelions are popping up in the lawn. Make use of them in this Dandelion Tuna Salad, from the

The ingredients include dandelion greens, Pink Lady apple, wild tuna, goat cheese, salt and pepper, and a simple vinaigrette. This is a salad with some bite! And it’s delicious. And if you’re not used to dandelion leaves, then try mixing them with some Boston lettuce or other greens.

And what made us hungry for dandelion leaves and St Jude albacore? Oddly enough this article from The Michigan Citizen and by Phreddy Wischusen:

“Though considered a weed by Round Up and many home/lawn owners in the United States, the dandelion is actually an incredibly nutritious food.  It’s a great source of calcium, potassium, iron and manganese. It’s replete with vitamins A, C, E, K, Niacin and Riboflavin. Chock full of beta-carotene. The lecithin in its golden top detoxifies the liver.   The roots can be roasted to make a coffee substitute, or used in soups.  The leaves (tastiest after they first emerge for the season or after the first frost) can be eaten, as can its sweet yellow blossoms.  People use them in salads raw, boil them, fry them with bacon, marinate them in vinegar, and sauté them with fresh garlic.”

The start of summer and the burst of yellow from dandelions go hand in hand, and there’s no reason to spread poison over our properties.

Photo courtesy of Arcanewizard and Wikimedia Commons.

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Thank you, Upton Sinclair

Indiana is considering legislation that would ban undercover camera investigations of inhumane treatment of farm animals – chicken, beef and pork. What are they trying to hide?

Owners of farms claim that activists are trying to eliminate meat from American diets. But the elimination of basic First Amendment rights around basic food safety and values will only drive people to avoid all farm products from those states.

These legislators would punish the messengers and not the perpetrators of crimes.  ABC News reports nine states are moving to ban such investigations – joining Nebraska, Indiana, Arkansas, Pennsylvania, Tennessee and California.

More than 20 groups, including the ASPCA and the Humane Society, have formed a coalition to oppose the laws banning undercover investigations.  “A statement from the coalition called the ‘ag gag’ bills ‘a wholesale assault on many fundamental values’ and a threat to health, safety and freedom of the press,” reported Cindy Galli and Randy Kreider with ABC News.

“Use of undercover techniques to expose abuses in food processing operations dates back to when Upton Sinclair, author of The Jungle, spent weeks working at meatpacking plants a century ago to research his groundbreaking book,” reports J.D. Heyes for Natural News.
“His extremely graphic details of the industry led the federal government to adopt safety regulations that made food production safer.”

Meanwhile, cameras of all types are welcome aboard the FV St Jude to view our fishing methods and handling processes.

Photo of Upton Sinclair, courtesy of Wikimedia Commons.

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Perfect pair

CauliflowerWith Cauliflower and Tuna Salad, The New York Times continues its tradition of printing some of the trendiest, healthiest, most delicious recipes imaginable.

The ingredients:  cauliflower, firm albacore tuna, garlic (which we can always take or leave, or you can try St. Jude garlic-flavored tuna, capers, lemon, olive oil. And we could be tempted to go heavy on the lemon and even add some lemon peel.  We can’t wait to make this …

The recipe comes from Martha Rose Shulman, author of The Very Best Recipes for Health.

Photo courtesy of Anthony DiPierro, the US government and Wikimedia Commons.

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Invest in future

Vegetables_0006Pricing from farmers and other small food suppliers could not be better explained than this article by Shannon Hayes for Yes: “My Prices Are Not Too High: A Farmer Fires Back.”

She writes: “The viability of a small farm is dependent not just on garnering a living wage, but on our ability to steward our land in a way that allows it to stay healthy and productive into the future. Industrial food production, in contrast, currently depends on farm subsidies—and on a license to deplete soils and pollute water for immediate profit with no regard for what happens tomorrow. This is our nation’s cheap food policy: Make the food in the grocery store as inexpensive as possible, so that we can justify lower working wages for Americans.”

Wholesome food is an investment in your future.

Photo courtesy of Wikimedia Commons and Biswarup Ganguly


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