Friday Food : Wild Planet Tuna, BBQ Style!

Are you growing tired of ribs and hamburgers yet? Thinking you’ll never grow tired of BBQ, and want to take a bath in it? Eh, I can’t really help you there, but I can introduce you to this idea!

BBQ “pulled” tuna sandwich

What you need:

  • 1 can tuna (5oz)
  • 1/4 cup BBQ sauce
  • 1/4 teaspoon Worcestershire sauce
  • optional: garlic, onions, favorite seasonings

Directions:

  1. Open tuna, drain if needed or rinse if needed
  2. In a bowl, combine tuna, BBQ sauce and Worcestershire  sauce. Also any spices or other add-ins
  3. Mix until well blended, adding additional sauce or water to get desired texture
  4. Heat in microwave or mix everything together in a sauce pan on the stove
  5. Place on bread, add pickles, cheese or whatever else
  6. Enjoy!

Comments, Pictures and Product Review:

Have you heard of Wild Planet Tuna? What about the other Wild Planet foods? Shrimp, salmon, crab or sardines?

Honestly, I had never heard of them either until Shaina of Crier Communications, Inc, contacted me about a possible review. At first I politely declined as she offered me the option to sample the shrimp. As many people know I am NOT a “seafood” fan. However, I do not think of canned tuna or salmon patties as seafood. I explained to her I loved the idea of canned shrimp and totally could promote its use as a healthy snack or addition to various salads and meals, but I would not be willing to eat it myself and decided the review would not be genuine.

To my surprise she wrote back and gave me excellent news, Wild Planet also has canned tuna! She quickly sent me coupons for 3 cans of Wild Planet tuna or sardines.

It was suggested I go to Whole Foods to purchase my items, but a little research told me they were also available at Giant Eagle and Heinen’s. Personally I love Whole Foods, but it’s a bit of a drive, so I was excited to learn it was also available at two grocery stores within walking or even biking distance. Sadly, my local GE did not carry the product. Lucky me, Heinen’s did have it in stock! Along with the sardines, and I think shrimp, but I did not see any of the other types of product. (Note: if it isn’t in your area, you can order it on-line at www.wildplanetfoods.com)

I picked out a can of no salt added albacore tuna.

According to their website this is the description (emphasis mine):

Firm in texture with a rich, clean taste, our tuna steaks are hand packed raw into each BPA-free can without any added salt, oil, water or fillers. Our tuna is cooked just once to retain all of the natural juices rich in Omega 3 oils, and also contains less than half the mercury as compared to nationally branded tuna due to the smaller fish we catch. Please don’t drain our tuna – the juices enhance your meal with pure flavor. A Wild Planet tuna sandwich just may be the best you’ve ever tasted!

I was so excited to see the side panel and read it ONLY contained tuna! And this tuna is wild caught, not farm raised giving it a better source of nutrients and IMHO a better life. Hey, I may not be a vegetarian, but I care about animals. If you follow fishing methods for your tuna, make sure you read up on WP’s stance and why they do it differently. Nutrition-wise, there is only 100mg of salt and 16g of protein in a can! WOW I’m impressed! Worried about the higher calories? Please note this is because the tuna is packed in its own juices, which will of course have calories. Other tuna is often packaged in water or oils, lacking the calories, but also lacking the added nutrition.

What else did I notice about this tuna?

  1. I did drain it. I don’t like too much moisture in my food. It used to upset my stomach back when I first had my gallbladder out and I’ve kept those habits.
  2. It did not smell “fishy”. Previous tunas I’ve used had a very distinct smell. Cats from the whole city would know what I was eating. WP tuna I couldn’t smell unless I shoved my face up against the can.
  3. The product looked real, looked natural. It did not get “mushy”.

Not only is the product great, it would appear so is the company. Something that is a pet peeve of mine, are overly doctored photos to promote a product. Like with fast food, when has something you ordered EVER looked the way it did in an advertisement? Ugg. WP doesn’t fancy it up. Look at their official PR image of an open can and then look at the one I snapped. Seriously, very similar!

Without a doubt I will prefer this tuna over other brands from this point! Still, it’s more expensive. Like depending on the sale, more than 2x the price. Much like other items, you get what you pay for though. If you’re looking for tuna as a snack or a throw away meal, go ahead and buy the sale stuff. If you’re looking for a meal, if you’re looking for an upgrade and you’re making an effort to put good, strong sources of fuel into your body, then consider spending the extra money. If nothing else your taste buds will appreciate it!

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Want to try some Wild Planet tuna or sardines for yourself? You’re in luck! I only used one of my coupons, because I wanted to pay it forward. I will give a coupon away to two different readers. All you have to do is leave me a comment. Let me know why you want to try Wild Planet, your favorite way to prepare tuna, or just a general comment about life.

I will randomly select from the comments next Friday and notify the winners, so either check back, have an actively linked email or leave your email in the comment. Have a GREAT weekend!

Disclaimer: I was provided with coupons for the free tuna in exchange for an open and honest review. All thoughts and opinions are my own.

Three Things Thursday

1. I have had an odd metal-esque taste on the tip of my tongue on and off all week. If I’m not dying or my gums are not rotting it probably mean I either have heart burn or allergies. Gonna go ahead an go with the allergies on this one…as I know that to be true. Still not feeling like taking anything though, yes, I’m stubborn. If a slight off taste in my mouth and a bit of stuffy in the morning is what I deal with, then I can do without the extra meds in my body. On a related note…going to be dusting and vacuuming up a storm this weekend.

2. All of my male best friends feel the need to move away from me. Andrew moved away for college immediately after high school. He spent time in Connecticut, Massachusetts and now Oklahoma. I’ve been to the first two, still waiting on the last. He’s in town for a brief period of time and we’re going to make another day trip of it like we did when we went to Little Italy, like a couple of local tourists.

Tom is moving to the DC area next week. He leaves the 5th! WTF. I am very happy he got a great job in his field and so soon after graduation, but really? You have to move away from me? Tears, tears for the next forever.

Luckily Mr B is stuck. Well, maybe he isn’t? People quit their awesome jobs and sell their houses all the time, right?

3. I was sent this very cool book by Skyhorse Publishing, Inc. 1,001 Pearls of Running Wisdom : Advice and Inspiration for the Open Road. I was worried it would be a type of dry memoir, but it is actually a super cute and fun coffee table type book. There are several chapters or sections, each covering various aspects of running. Each part is filled with quotes from celebrities, to trainers or athletes. Great conversation piece or something to flip through when looking for a good mantra for your next event.

 

Week Eight Reflections

Well kids, Monday I attended my makeup session for personal training and last Thursday I attended my final “nutrition” class. This journey has come to a close. Tomorrow I will learn my final numbers and we shall see on paper how far I have come. Before we allow them to tell me, why don’t I decide for myself?

Nutrition

First, the last class was a joke. It was 45 minutes of “believe in yourself” motivational speaking. Don’t get me wrong, that isn’t evil in and of itself, but that’s ALL we did! I walked away with nothing at all from that particular class. Oy.

HOWEVER. Last week I did something accidentally, but on purpose stupid. See, I didn’t go grocery shopping the week before. This lead to a serious lack of food in the house. Which lead to me eating scraps and eating out a lot or simply not eating at all. There were more than a day or two where what I ate was a bowl of cereal and then a piece of chicken with some rice. I reverted to my old habits. While I will say fast food still tastes AWESOME, not eating made me feel like poo-poo. I had no energy, I had a crappy attitude. I cried like it was going out of style, I was such a wreck. Little changes every week actually added up. I may not be perfect, but I am far from where I was and I can’t go back. This week I loaded up on the fruits and veggies and made a meal plan for the week.

Fitness

Bad news troops, my trainer has asked I do not make videos of the final moves. Apparently if you want to learn them, you should pay the big bucks. To satisfy your video needs allow me to present several clips from the challenges I did for Under Armour.

There is this little thing known as the Marine Corps Physical Fitness Test. As a female I would perform a 3 mile run, flexed arm hang and crunches. I knew approximately how my 3 mile run would go (around 30 minutes), but it’s been years since I’ve tried a full crunch or any type of flexed arm hang. Seriously, like back in early elementary school and probably for the President’s Physical Fitness Test.

My sister and I filmed the first attempt at crunches, where you actually come ALL the way up to your knees. OUCH those are tough! For my age and gender I needed 45 in 2 minutes to meet the minimum. I managed to knock out 42. I think I could have done more, except this was the second attempt. In the first video I farted several times and accidentally elbowed her dog in the head and quit crunching to laugh. The video is the second attempt.

The other task was the flexed arm hang. This video shows both attempts. Attempt #1 I don’t even make it 7 seconds. Attempt #2 I hang there for about 1 minute. Neither attempt is valid. A person needs to keep their head ABOVE the bar. Well, no way was I making the 15 second cutoff for this task! Still, it was fun to try. Afterward I managed to move across 1/2 the monkey-bars before laughing and falling. It was a laughing kind of day apparently.

It feels good to know I’ve managed to come far in 10 weeks. Maybe I don’t look the way I wanted, maybe I don’t fully feel the way I wanted either. I’ve been struggling with all of this for a while now though, and at least I’m making progress.