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Cramer's 'Mad Money' Recap: Investor Conviction Needed (Final)

Theme No. 3: Homeland Security

Cramer's third long-term theme was that of homeland security. He said sadly the threat of terrorism is will be with us for a long time, so we might as well make some money off this enormous defense theme.

Among Cramer's picks in this space were American Science and Engineering (ASEI), a company that makes X-ray scanners to detect explosives including mobile scanners used in Afghanistan.

Also on Cramer's wish list are Fortinet (FTNT), a network security play and Verint (VRNT), a company that makes software used by law enforcement to analyze digital communications.

Cramer also gave the nod to NICE Systems (NICE), an Israeli company that makes high quality analytics software for video surveillance. Using NICE software, companies or government agencies can automate such arduous tasks as watching for unattended bags in airports or bus stations.

Cramer said the bottom line when it comes to homeland security is that counter-terrorism and network security are big businesses that aren't going away anytime soon. He told investors that these stocks are for the long term, and they shouldn't chase them higher in the open market.

Theme No. 4: Healthy Eating

With over two-thirds of all Americans being overweight and nearly half of them obese, any company that can deliver high-quality food that's delicious and healthy will be in the sweet spot, Cramer said.

According to Cramer, there are a lot of great companies in this space, including Whole Foods (WFMI), Hain Celestial (HAIN) and Panera Bread (PNRA), but one of his absolute favorites remains Chipotle Mexican Grill (CMG).

Cramer said the analysts on Wall Street have a hard time discerning a Whole Foods from a Safeway (SWY) or a Chipotle from a McDonalds (MCD), but the fact remains that places that teach people how to eat better are in a class by themselves.

In the case of Chipotle, Cramer said the company's "food with integrity" motto has caught on, which is why customers are willing to pay up for the company's burritos, which are not only tasty, but also healthy.

In the case of Whole Foods and Hain Celestial, Cramer said these two companies have essentially become a healthy food "seal of approval" for consumers. Panera Bread has become another place to get fresh, healthy food, and consumers have taken notice in droves, he said.

Cramer said investors should be willing to pay up for brands like Chipotle, Hain and Panera because they stand for something so much more than just a restaurant or a brand at the grocery store. He said these companies all need to be on investors' long-term shopping list.

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