When faced with a disaster that will limit your activities, or even keep you from going outside your home, are you prepared enough to last the next days or weeks without going hungry?
Looking at the worst case scenario, no open convenience stores or grocery stores, no possibility of burger or pizza to be delivered outside your doorstep whatsoever, do you have enough stocks in your pantry and storage room to keep yourself from starving?
The Best Survival foods
So, what are the best foods to stock in preparation for any catastrophic disaster? When storing survival foods, some factors that should be considered are the weight, the ease of preparation, and shelf life. You might ask why the weight is considered a factor?
It’s because you might need to bring your survival food with you in case there’s a need to evacuate. So, let me tell you this early, don’t stock up on so much canned goods because you might end up regretting how heavy you need to carry.
Whether it’s a hurricane, earthquake, civil unrest, or a terrorist attack you are prepping up for, enough stocks of non-perishable foods will help you to get through.
During distressful situations, its best that the food you eat is high in energy because this will help you to stay mentally alert and physically strong as emergencies as these might require you to expend more of your energy.
The following are the most commonly recommended emergency food supplies:
- Ready to eat canned food: meat, fruits, vegetables
- Canned juices
- Dried fruits
- Protein bars (or fruit bars), granola bars
- Peanut butter
- Non-perishable pasteurized milk
- Foods that are high in energy
- Comfort foods (stress foods)
The Best Survival foods – More Goodies
Here are some items that are worth considering in your survival food supplies list due to their nutritional content:
- Canned Alaskan Wild Salmon. This is known for its high protein content and for containing healthy fats like omega 3. Since these salmons are from Alaska, you can be assured that there is minimal to almost zero environmental contaminants in them compared to salmons caught from other parts of the world. Aside from that, this can be eaten straight from the can.
- Unsalted Nuts. Nuts like almonds, peanuts, sunflower seeds, and walnuts are rich in vitamins and minerals, protein, as well as essential fatty acids that the body needs. They are also packed in light weight and convenient packages, therefore making them easier to be carried. What’s more, the suggested serving size for nuts can be as little as a quarter of a cup, so packing a large bag means lots of servings.
- Sea vegetables. These may come in powdered form. Since great disasters may limit the circulation of fresh produce in the market, sea vegetables are a good alternative. And because they are vegetables, they help boost your immunity and repair your body’s broken tissues. Furthermore, they have anti-bacterial and anti-fungal properties.
- Dried beans. Dried beans come in large packages bigger than that of canned beans. Black beans, garbanzo beans, kidney beans, pinto beans and the like are known to contain a high amount of protein per serving, as well as other vitamins and minerals. They can also be stored for a long period of time.
- Brown rice. This is high in calorie and is a good source of protein, vitamins and essential minerals. And since it’s dry, it also has quite a long shelf life. What’s more, if there isn’t a provision for cooking, it can be eaten after soaking it in water for 1-2 days to allow it to expand.