Thank you to Blue Harbor Fish Co. for hosting me at their Expo West booth and sponsoring this post! You can learn more about their products here.
If you've been following along with me on Instagram Stories over the last several days, you'll know that I was at Expo West last week. If you haven't heard of it before, it's the largest natural products convention in the world with more than 84,000 people attending and over 3,500 exhibitors!
It's a very intense, yet uplifting experience every time I attend – and this year was the best by far. I love being in a place with so many like-minded people where I get to see firsthand the hard work so many people are putting into making the products on our store shelves safer and healthier for us.
I met so many amazing people and brands, and today I want to share one of those companies with you – Blue Harbor Fish Co. I had the opportunity to visit their booth and speak with Laura Ali, Blue Harbor’s Registered Dietitian and Nutritionist. What a sweet lady!
She was super helpful in explaining what Blue Harbor is all about and why they should be our choice for sustainably caught tuna. Here are my key takeaways from my interview with her.
1. Tuna is a Healthy Protein Source
We all know that we should be eating more seafood for the healthy fats, but there is so much confusing info out there about which type of fish is safest to choose and which ocean it should come from.
I love tuna because it's convenient and you can find it everywhere. You want to be careful with the sourcing though to make sure you aren't getting a lot of contamination along with the fish.
The tuna offered by Blue Harbor is all premium quality wild, line caught tuna that is tested for contaminants. All you'll find on the ingredients list is tuna, water and a little sea salt if you choose that option. Super clean and simple.
2. Great Taste
You might be thinking, it's tuna, it's all the same. I can tell you that it's not! When you open most cans of tuna, it's a watery mess you have to strain to be able to use.
On the other hand, Blue Harbor's albacore tuna is chunks of meat. It's firm, not mushy, and it has a nice, mild taste to it. You can definitely tell that a lot of love goes into each pouch (the bowl pictured is my stainless steel bowl – I now realize it looks like a tuna can!).
If you're having trouble getting your kids to fall in love with tuna, don't give up. It takes kids tasting things several times before they become acclimated to the taste.
You can try adding some of their favorite flavors. If they like ranch, try adding that to tuna. If they like ketchup, try it! Just keep trying familiar flavors and you'll eventually find one they like.
3. Sustainably Caught
I mentioned in #1 that all Blue Harbor albacore is sustainably caught, but I wanted to go into that a bit more. All of the tuna caught by Blue Harbor is all line caught in the wild – no farmed fish or harmful net fishing here.
The albacore tuna is caught in the South Pacific, in the regions between South America and Australia. A lot of care and concern is put into each and every decision by Blue Harbor when choosing where and how to catch fish.
4. MSC Certified
In addition to being sustainably caught, Blue Harbor is also MSC Certified, which means it complies not only with sustainable practices, but it also ensures each fish is traceable back to the boat.
Traceability is is super important today, which is why MSC (Marine Stewardship Council) was established. It's an international non-profit organization that addresses the ever-growing concern of unsustainable fishing and helps to safeguard seafood supplies for future generations.
When you think of tuna, a picture of a can probably pops into your head. I know that's what pops into mine! With the concern over BPA lining in canned foods, I've been looking at alternative packaging options first.
I love that Blue Harbor comes in a convenient pouch that you don't even need to drain! So I can pop a few pouches into my backpack when I'm going hiking and have a healthy protein source that I can eat without making a huge mess.
While you can use it in recipes (and it's great that way!), it tastes nice right out of the pouch too. I prefer to use the Sea Salted tuna when I'm hiking because it has just a bit more flavor.
Try Blue Harbor Tuna for yourself!
Ready to make the switch to sustainable tuna? You can order Blue Harbor albacore on the Blue Harbor Fish Co official website.