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5 Of The Most Nutritious Fish You Can Eat

5 Of The Most Nutritious Fish You Can Eat
5 Of The Most Nutritious Fish You Can Eat. Photo – Adobe Stock (under license)

The most nutritious fish meat is considered very good for your heart, being rich in protein, minerals and vitamins (A, D and E), very important in maintaining good health. It also contains high-chains of omega 3 fats, selenium and it’s rather low in saturated fats (the bad kind of fats).

A scientific studied conducted by professors Dariush Mozaffrian and Eric Rimm showed that eating a portion of 3 ounces of fatty fish (herring, salmon, mackerel etc.) 2 times a week reduces the chances of heart failure by 36%. The omega 3 fats in this case are key in protecting the heart from cardiac rhythm disturbances, maintaining a regular heartbeat. Erratic heartbeats can be very dangerous and potentially fatal if left untreated. They also lower blood pressure, improve the functionality of blood vessels and lower the levels of triglycerides. The studies on fish benefits for the circulatory system are approved by the American Heart Association.

It was also demonstrated (through observational studies) that the same omega 3 fats are extremely important for brain development and activity in infants. Studies confirm that the nervous system and brain in children whose mothers consumed fish during the pregnancy is far superior in development to children whose mothers did not include fish in their diet during the pregnancy and breastfeeding period.

Fortunately, fish is abundant and available to Americans, who should reconsider balancing their diets and making more room for such beneficial and nutritious substances which are found in fish meat. Let’s have a look and see our options.

The Farmed Rainbow Trout (Oncorhynchus mykiss)

The rainbow trout is not only nutritious, but it’s also very delicious, preferred by many when it comes to cheap and affordable sea-food. It’s not a particularly endangered species, but some varieties are not fit for consumption because they show signs of contamination with PCB chemicals (especially the species native to Lake Michigan and Lake Huron). It’s not pretentious when it comes to cooking. It’s best to leave the scales on while doing so because this will remove the need for adding extra oil while coating or breading the fish. It’s excellent for simple recipes and goes great with mushroom sauces, spices or just lemon. Baking is best done at 400°F – 500°F, for 5 minutes on each side.

The Wild-caught Alaskan Salmon (Oncorhynchus kisutch and Oncorhynchus gorbuscha)

The wild-caught salmon is considered bettered healthier and better than the farmed kind since the farmed ones have double the dosage of unhealthy saturated fats than the wild ones. The omega 3 fats levels are the same. Even marketing giants, such as target have been stacking up lately on wild salmon, selling only salmon certified by the Marine Stewardship Council. This fish is perfect for salads or sandwiches, and it also goes great with white bean soup. There are plenty more recipes out there, each being tastier than the last.

The Wild-caught Pacific Sardines (Sardinops sagax)

It’s astonishing the comeback these tiny fish made after the late 1950, when the nearly went extinct. They don’t have a good reputation when it comes to creative recipes and food assortments, but don’t let that fool you. Just because they’re been eating straight out of the can for the last hundred years, doesn’t mean there’s no potential available. If you feel like experimenting in an “unorthodox” manner, you can make or buy mouth-watering sardines & white beans salad. If you feel like keeping the traditions alive, there’s always the ever-popular sardine sandwich with either plain or marinated sardines (garlic, tomato sauce, olive oil etc).

The Wild-caught Albacore Tuna (Thunnus alalunga)

This fish has gained a lot of bad reputation lately because of the suspicion of high levels of mercury poison. After scientific testing, tuna caught in Canadian and Western U.S. coasts have in fact proven to have lower amounts of poison in their bodies than anywhere else in the world. This is because these fish are generally younger and were exposed to the poisonous substance for lesser periods of time. The Albacore is not the type of fish that you find at your local everyday fish market or store. It’s hard to come by, but it’s mostly available at online stores, like Heritage Foods USA. The best Albacore I have ever eaten came in ht shape of tuna kebab, easy to prepare and delicious to the maximum. Simply prepare like regular kebabs, using tuna meat (even the loins) instead of chicken.

The Farmed Barramundi or Asian Seabass (Lates calcarifer)

It’s a very uncommon fish for most Americans, and with good reason. This white-fleshed fish is native to Australian waters, where aborigines firstly fished them by hand from their natural habitat, freshwater rivers. They are easy to breed and the U.S. farms have become highly specialized in doing so. They utilize land-based tanks in which the fish are being kept mainly on a vegetarian diet. It’s highly recommended to buy American, as the other countries farm these fish in ocean-based nets that are highly pollutant. The Barramundi can be simply cooked with lemon juice for dressing, whether It’s fried, grilled, or baked. But it can also be used for fancier recipes, like Barramundi with Swiss chard and roasted sweet potatoes.

As you can see, there is plenty of fish the sea! There are many unpopular species available throughout the U.S. that work wonders for the one’s health, whether they’re bought off the internet or simply fished the old-fashioned way.

By My Family Survival Plan

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5 Of The Most Nutritious Fish You Can Eat
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How To Survive After The Economy Dies

How To Survive After The Economy Dies
How To Survive After The Economy Dies. Photo – Pixabay (PD)

Bells are being rung, whistles are being blown, but they all fall on deaf ears. Our economy is slowly dying. Millions of Americans don’t even seem to notice the forthcoming new Great Depression. And many of those who notice it doesn’t even seem to care. The U.S. economy seems to be going to hell and fast, with a national debt of over $17.5 trillion and no backup plan or recovery strategies provided by the authorities. The signs are evident, and when the economy dies, so will the lifestyle we’ve been used to for so long. Things will gradually get worse and the “survival of the fittest” will come into play in no time.

Society is dehumanized, unable to keep its integrity and moral values for too long once confronted with drastic social changes; anarchy will slowly take over. But there’s still time to prepare. This is what you have to do in order to ensure your survival and the survival of those you hold dear.


Food will become the most valuable good after an economic collapse. It’ll become the ultimate achievable goal, the life source that will be sought after and maybe fought over to the death, in worst case scenarios. Most American families today wouldn’t be able to survive more than 3 weeks with the food they normally store in the house. And such families are the first to quickly the angry mobs that loot and pillage everything in sight in a desperate attempt to quench their hunger. Make sure you’re part o them. Always keep a fair amount of provisions inside. Canned foods are the best to have around the house, as they’ll last longest and in almost all sorts of conditions. Make a storage food room and make sure it’s always packed and ready.


You’ll go for weeks without food, but you’ll go for just a few days without water. Dehydration sets in pretty fast, leaving the body strained, powerless and leads to agonizing death. Best be prepared, because once the economy dies, so will the water supplier. At some point, the water from is bound to stop. Most Americans are not so lucky as to have a free and abundant source of water near their homes. Even if you have such a source, if the water is not fit for human consumption, harvesting it and boiling it would be both time and energy consuming. The best solution is to get water purifying system or purification tablets. They’re easy to use and might make all the difference in the world.


Clothing In such a scenario, your personal comfort will not rely anymore on radiators or air conditioning. These gadgets normally run on energy resources you most probably will not have. So stacking up on the right gear is the way to go! Get warm clothes, and if you live in a particularly cold environment, stack up on blankets as well. Hats are also important, as for some reason or another; you might find yourselves out in the cold. Hats can come very handy if you find yourself sleeping outside. But that’s not all, having the right footwear is imperative! The best thing to get your hands on is hiking boots. Sturdy and reliable, yet comfortable, they can make a great difference if you and your family should find yourselves forced to travel long distances by foot.


In case you’ll need to be going fast, each one of you will need a personal backpack. Backpacks are easy to carry around then suitcases or regular bags, as they’re easily strapped to the back, leaving you full use of your hands. Make sure your backpack is never overloaded (because it can snap and break at the worst time) and that you and your family carry only what’s absolutely necessary. Useless objects (sentimental value or not) do nothing but to burden and tire you.


Solar powered radio

Solar powered radio

Staying in touch and informed is more than necessary in this case. But the modern day commodities as cell phones and internet connected gadgets and gizmos will become useless one communication satellites cease to function.

And even with satellites running, power sources will become harder and harder to find. A small pocket radio it’s perfect for such an occasion.

Crank radio

Crank radio

But a battery powered one will only last as long as the batteries. But the solar-powered or “crank style” ones will definitely last longer and be of more use.


Whether your car runs on gasoline or diesel, will make no difference. Fuel will soon be a thing of the past. You should store some fuel at all times. When the worse comes, at least you’ll be able to make a quick getaway to wherever it is you’ll need to be going. It’ll be faster and more comfortable than going by foot!

Survival equipment

In order to make it in such a hostile environment, you’ll need to be “armed and ready”. There are a few items that can prove to be very useful and might even end up saving your lives. Make sure you have these in your home, and if you have to get going, don’t leave home without them! These are a must:

the compass: it’s your GPS once you find yourself on the road in uncharted territory; handle it with care and make sure it’s functional before you use it, because a broken compass can lead you on the wrong path

the Swiss army knife: this tool can be incredibly versatile; it has: bit driver, butane lighter, cap lifter, cleat wrench, fingernail clipper, hook, knife blade, micro-screwdriver, pliers, nail file and MANY MANY more

the axe: carrying an axe around may serve many purposes from cutting firewood, clearing the way if going through thick vegetation or even as a self-defense weapon in case you’re being attacked

the lighter: it’s your source of fire; it’s what gets the branches to keep you warm burning or your meals cooking; if you’re on the move, always keep the lighter away from humid environments and bring along a small canister of gas

pepper spray: for some reason or another you may find yourself targeted by either wild animals or people that mean you harm; the pepper spray can prove very effective in both cases

medical supplies: they’re of utmost importance; always make sure you have the right First Aid Kit and medical supplies in both your home or in your backpack; they’re the only protection you have against infections, which could prove fatal if left untreated

First Aid Kit

First Aid Kit

If you really want to have full knowledge about medical supplies when SHTF, then you need to visit Survival MD – Guide

Next video will show >>> Top 5 Best Swiss Army Knives

No matter what happens, no matter where we’re headed, one thing’s for sure: it won’t end pretty. When economy dies society will crumble. When it does, be ready!

by My Family Survival Plan

The Worst Drought Of The Millennium! What It Means And How We Can Fight It

The Worst Drought Of The Millennium - What It Means And How We Can Fight It

The South-West it’s now in its 11th year of drought. A decade has past and things don’t seem to be getting any better. 2014 was actually the warmest year recorded in California over the past 400 years, but recent scientific studies show that this is nothing compared with what’s to come.

Scientists from the most prestigious universities in the country (Columbia, Cornell and also NASA) had joined forces, and after investigating the matter, released an official paper in the scientific journal Science Advances, warning that the south-west and the central plains are about to face drought conditions unprecedented in the last 1,000 years.

The long cycle of drought in the region (well over 35 years) and little annual precipitation will most likely mean the end of the damp climate we got accustomed to the past 2 centuries. The impact of man on the climate does nothing more than to accommodate the arid conditions that are soon to take over a large portion of U.S. territory. Ben Cook (Nasa’s Goddard Institute for Space Studies) had this to say: “Nearly every year is going to be dry toward the end of the 21st century, compared with what we think of as normal conditions now. We’re going to have to think about a much drier future in western North America.”

The forth-coming aridity will have a devastating impact on agriculture and cattle herds. The prices will grow uncontrollably when the drought sets in, affecting an estimate of about $60 million people from regions who depend on scarce water resources or are based on infrastructures designed during an abnormally moist century (San Antonio, San Diego, Omaha etc). The scientists who conducted the research agree that the desert cities like Phoenix and Lax Vegas will suffer the most damage. Data shows that in the past, on a spam of 4 centuries (9th – 14th century), the region had been subjected to a previous period of intense drought, whom paleoclimatologists have deemed the Medieval Climate Anomaly, believed to have been the cause of perdition to some previous civilizations. But the drought that’s to come in 2050 is believed to be much worse than everything else on record. “We are the first to do this kind of quantitative comparison between the projections and the distant past, and the story is a bit bleak. Even when selecting for the worst mega-drought dominated period, the 21st century projections make the (previous) mega-droughts seem like quaint walks through the Garden of Eden”, says Dr Jason Smerdon, climate scientist at Columbia University’s Lamont-Doherty Earth Observatory and co-author of the study.

food grows where water flows

The mega-drought will spell disaster in more ways than one. The upcoming water shortage does not mean only reduced drinkable water, but it also puts a strain on the vegetation. Dried up vegetation highly increases the risks of wildfire. California and Arizona aren’t the only targets of the phenomena. The study suggests that the affected area will be in fact much larger, comprised of Colorado, Utah, New Mexico, Nevada, Nebraska, Kansas, Oklahoma, North / South Dakota, Minnesota, Missouri, Iowa, Arkansas and Louisiana. The chance of extended drought (over 40 years), say the scientists, is over 80%, unless measures are taken in order to attenuate the impact and lower the speed of climate change. The scientists involved in this project say that the level of accuracy of the measurements is really high as, unlike other recent studies, they also took into consideration the rise of carbon emissions. 17 separate computer simulations based on the rate of constant rising emissions and complex climate changes gave more-than-accurate results. Not only will the amount of precipitation (rain, snow) be considerably reduced, but high temperatures will speed the evaporation process, leading to arid and inhospitable conditions.

Last year, the Obama administration announced a budget $200 million in order to counter the recent Drought in California. When asked if this would be enough for the upcoming mega-drought, Dr Cook said no. He thinks that these kind measures are only enough for droughts with a certain amount of climate impact, going on for at least a period of 10 – 15 years. The mega-drought of 2050 will surpass all expectations. It will come down to more than a fixed budget. It will take a collective effort from all of the U.S. citizens to prepare for what’s coming.

Drought Monitor – California, 2014

Drought Monitor – California, 2014

Water Conservation Tips For Everybody

We must be more protective of our water resources! Here are a few tips and tricks on how we can dampen the impact of the mega-drought that’s about to hit:

• Check the plumbing for leaks and repair what’s damaged, in order to reduce leakage

• Dripping faucets should be replaced a.s.a.p.

• Don’t let the water run down the drain if you could find another use for it (for ex. watering plants)

• Install an instant hot water heater

• Make sure your appliances are both energy and water efficient

• Purchase a low-volume toilette, that uses only half the water in comparison to most models

• Get a ultra-low-flow shower head

• Dispose of food in the garbage rather than using the sink disposal unit

• Don’t purchase water toys that require a constant stream of water

• Don’t install ornamental water fountains

• Harvest rain water

• Make sure your lawn sprinklers don’t waste water on non-green areas (like sidewalks or paved areas)

• Check sprinklers periodically to make sure they’re as water-efficient as possible

• Plant drought-resistant plants and lawn

• User mulch around trees and plants to reduce evaporation

• Avoid over-fertilization (fertilization requires water)

• Turn irrigation off in fall and winter and water manually if you must

• Get a weather-based irrigation controller (a system that sets the irrigation timing and intensity according to the existing weather conditions, not going off when it’s raining)

• Install a water-saving pool filter

• Cover your pool or fountain to avoid evaporation

Water Conservation Tips For Farmers And Ranchers

Planning ahead and considering the upcoming climate changes can prolong your business. Be efficient and reduce water consumption for as much as possible.

• Chose the water irrigation system that will make you lose the least amount of water to evaporation, run-off or percolation

• Find ways in which to improve your current irrigation system, making it less wasteful and more efficient

• Get a water storage system

• Store water in ditches in the field

• Use water measurement tools

• Reduce soil evaporation with conservation tillage

• Monitor soil moisture constantly

• Stack up on food and water reserves for your animals

• Animals that do not consume high quantities of water are preferable

• Plant crops and use cropping systems that are less water dependent

The drought that will hit the U.S. in 2050 is not a theory anymore, it’s a scientific certainty. If society fails as a unit, make sure that at least you don’t fail as an individual. Take all the necessary precautions and get ready for what’s about to hit, because it will hit hard!

by My Family Survival Plan